BASF wrote:So, if we break this down, the two more balanced of the first eight games we were undefeated. Then we had a balanced attack in all but two of the second eight games and were undefeated in those. Letting Russ cook with a pass happy offense netted us a 4-4 record. 8-0 with a balanced attack is far better than a 4-4 let Russ cook record. So, why do Seahawks fans complain about more rushing attempts? Could it be that they are more interested in Wilson's numbers as fantasy football fans? Could it be that they are more interested in looking better as they win instead of just actually winning?
The real reason is they have an agenda against Pete Carroll, who makes himself an easy target by accepting responsibility for everything that happens on the team. If his OC wasn't up to the task of making a more passing-aggressive offense work, he publicly took the blame for it because he's the Head Coach and President of the team and the buck stops with him.
However, Carroll is also quick to praise his guys when things go well, and not take the spotlight for himself. You can't teach positivity and personal responsibility, and then turn around taking the credit for the good and throwing coordinators under the bus. You have to practice what you preach.
Average fans only hear Pete taking the blame so they assume it's all his fault and he has his fingers in everything on the team that doesn't work, and it's someone else's credit when things DO work.
We know Carroll made the ultimate call to open up the offense, and while we haven't heard Carroll ever blame Schottenheimer for its later failure, we can conjecture that Carroll most likely did pull back the reins when it wasn't working, and we have as facts that Carroll fired Schottenheimer and hired a more creative, modern offensive coordinator in Waldron.
As much as people want to blame Carroll and call him clueless, the facts of the matter speak to a man who changed the offensive philosophy of the team to better suit his personnel, discovered that his coordinator wasn't the guy to implement that change, and replaced him. In other words, he did exactly what the fans want done. They just need to get over blaming him for everything and see how this new direction plays out on the field.