This is positively his best year. People comparing 2013, 2014, or 2015 need to look at the roster. Those teams had the #1 Scoring defense 4 years in a row because of John Schneider and Pete Carroll's talent evaluation and promotion skills.
But, you can't keep those teams together forever, and once Russell got paid, we had to let a lot of those players go, not to mention a plethora of injuries.
Lately he's been at a disadvantage with all of the injuries we got hit with (Kam, Sherman, ET, Avril, ADB, etc, etc,) and the fact that there were some players who were agitating within for their own personal reasons. We have a HUGE turnover and yet Pete still produces 1000 yard rushers, and a decent defense with who in the secondary? Who on the DLine?
Yet people are laser focused on a few time management glitches, and timeout issues that have always been Pete's weaknesses. If he's not perfect, they're not happy and will "pooh pooh" any success he has.
This has been a PHENOMENAL year by Pete, and John. We should feel very fortunate to be on this decade long ride. But just like Patriot fans, some are ready to bail as soon as there's the first sign of trouble. How many times over the past 10 - 15 years have we seen headlines in Boston when NE struggles to start "Is the Dynasty Dead?"
So keep picking at those tiny little scabs, while this team continues to win 1 score games on the road, with the toughest Strength of Schedule, in the East Coast Time Zone.
Me, I'll be basking in the glow of having Pete Carroll as my Head Coach, and John Schneider as my General Manager.
Oh, and Russell always turns up the running in the playoffs. If you haven't noticed this, you haven't been paying attention. Pete has not been telling Russell "don't run!" "Okay, now you can run!" Wilson is smart enough to figure the risk equation out on his own.
Carson Wentz is not. That's why he keeps getting injured.
Cam Newton was not, that's why he has an injury shortened career.
Aaron Rodgers has made some poor decisions, and now he can't complete a pass beyond 10 yards.