Monday, September 6, 2010

SEAHAWKS: Carroll building for the future

Eight months ago, Pete Carroll said he was going to change the Seahawks and make changes.

He sure has.

Carroll, along with GM John Schneider, have only kept 26 players from last year's roster. And we're not talking about backups here. We're talking about starters: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Josh Wilson, and Jordan Babineaux. They have also given away former first round pick Lawrence Jackson. So why are they doing this?

To Continue...

To inject life into the organization.

Many people disagree with me. Those people say we should have kept those guys and made a run at the NFC West title. But haven't we been down that road before? The Seahawks signed Deon Grant, Housh, Brian Russell, Patrick Kerney and Deion Branch to expensive long term deals hoping to get back to the Super Bowl. Good idea right?

But there was a problem.

When we signed those guys they were all coming off productive seasons. But, they were also getting up there in age, all around 30 years old. In most of their first seasons they did live up to their paycheck, resulting in two more division titles in 2006 and 2007.

But then it all came crashing down.

Because of their commitment to these older players, the Hawks totally forgot about their younger guys, their future. They never drafted a heir to Shaun Alexander, forgot about their receiving core, and disregarded their D-line. Because of this, they were stuck with a bunch of aging veterans trying to scrape wins off the ground in 2008 and 2009.

Pete Carroll is changing that.

He got rid of Grant, Russell and Houshmandzadeh. Why? Because they weren't in the Seahawks' long term future. Guys like Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Aaron Curry, Max Unger, Russell Okung and Deon Butler are. The Carroll regime wants play-makers. They want excitement. That's what those guys are.

But not yet.

What Pete is trying to say is the time to try to win the Super Bowl is not now. He wants to install his system, get his guys, get his style implemented. He's saying, "Just wait Seahawks fans, our time is not now, but later."

So where does that leave this season? It's probably going to be some big losses, and Carroll knows that. And the players know that, they're not stupid. Because there are so many new players, they will need time to know how to work together as a team. This team is rebuilding, and we can't forget that.

But trust me 12th man, our time will come once again.


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