In attempting to reconcile from season ending disappointment, I’ve been visiting here more than usual and appreciate the many contributions by everyone.
Unlike some posters, I’m neither a fervent Russ believer or a hater. His strengths and weaknesses have already been covered at length but what remains are issues of direction and chemistry.
A seemingly innocuous example of a shift in direction would be this interview after the NFC Championship game:
It seems trivial, but Russ’s appearance caught my attention. Where was the Championship T-shirt? He was representing the Seahawks in a moment of victory but he is wearing a Tinseltown Lakers jersey. It gave me the impression that he was setting himself apart from being a Seahawk. It wasn’t a TEAM look.
Most people understand wanting to grow within your job - no matter the profession. At first, Russ took on the team player role as dictated by Pete and John’s vision. However his outlook changed as he became more experienced and refined his goals but there’s now a clash with Pete’s philosophy. They’ve hit an impasse and the approach to a resolution is just as divided: Russ favoring a heightened media response and management going silent.
No matter, it’s still a contractual job for Russ and he knew the stipulations. Management seems to be making some effort to appease him but just because you want to restructure your employment doesn’t mean you can. Russ may not be going anywhere as he may be called upon to fulfill his obligation. The same with Pete.
I don't know what will happen but will attempt to roll with it.
I do know that I'm tired of the media drama.