Knee-jerk reaction 2: The entire Seahawks coaching staff needs to be replaced
Pete Carroll is out of touch with modern football. Shane Waldron is a Sean McVay wannabe. Clint Hurtt only got his job because someone else turned it down. Are any of the three of these true? Probably not. But if Seattle’s season goes south, as it certainly looks like it easily might after Week 2, then the first three sentences of this paragraph might be amplified.
I have made excuses for Waldron’s offense and said that the beginning of last year wasn’t really what his idea of offense will look like. Things got much better in the final five games of 2021 once Rashaad Penny got healthy and was so great. But in 2022? The Seahawks haven’t even really used Penny much and quarterback Geno Smith is very limited in what is asked of him.
Is the issue Waldron or the talent on the field?
Defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt promised a more aggressive defense but that hasn’t happened. Seattle is 24th in the NFL in allowing opponents to pick up 46.67 percent of their third downs. Seattle was 15th last year. And Seattle is once again lousy in time of possession. Seattle was last in 2021 and next-to-last through two games of 2022. The new defense looks the same as the old defense so far.
And heavy is the head that wears the crown, right? When a head coach changes the defensive coordinator one season and the offensive coordinator the year before and the team is even worse? Questions will be asked about Pete Carroll next offseason.