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Be careful, Seattle

Posted on: January 8, 2010 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2010 6:21 pm

Did Jim Mora deserve better?


His Seattle Seahawks team quit and collapsed on him late in the season, and this was a team picked to make the playoffs, so it's understandable that he was let go Friday.

Plus, he has an owner in Paul Allen who isn't exactly pinching pennies, so replacing him is easy if that's what he wanted to do.

The Seahawks will probably make a big splash. Thre is some talk they have their eye on USC coach Pete Carroll.

That's swinging for the home run. The one concern  would be that Carroll has always told NFL teams that he would want total control to return to the league. That's dangerous.

Seattle has four finalists for their GM job, and here's hoping the Seahawks don't back away from hiring one of those men. There are some really good candidates, including Eric DeCosta of the Ravens and Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals.

Carroll would be a heck of a pick up for the Seahawks. He's a good coach and he can relate to players.

But don't give him all the power. Just don't do it.

He needs a football man -- if he is indeed the choice.

Pay both, Paul. We know you have the money to do it.



Category: NFL

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:53 am

Be careful, Seattle

I wouldn't say NOBODY picked Seattle to go to the playoffs this year. I have four friends in Seattle and they all picked them to win the division and make a playoff run. Then again, they do that every year.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:06 pm

Be careful, Seattle

If thsy think this is a homerun then they are playing slow pitch softball.  A terrible choice.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:01 pm

Be careful, Seattle

ThinkerT - AZ was in the Super Bowl, so anyone picking the Seahawks to win the division was pretty out there. I suppose by "playoffs" one could think Wild Card, but there were not high expectations for the Seahawks this season. They were 4-12 in 2008? So, 4-12 to the playoffs? Those were lofty predictions.

But I'm not a Seahawks fan. it just seems like someone deserver more than one season to accomplish a turnaround.

Be good.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2010 10:28 pm

Be careful, Seattle? They have nothing to lose.

This team was terrible.   They have absolutely nothing to lose.  I say let Carroll do what he needs to do.  If he can't get the job done things can't really get any worse.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 9:41 pm

Be careful, Seattle

Now, now children, let's be nice.

I know some will think it funny, but could the Indians, I mean Trojans be getting restless. Fans are a fickle breed. I saw this very thing play out at my Alma mater, Nebraska twice.

Back in the early 70s Nebraska won back to back titles under legendary coach, Bob Devaney (70 & 71). He retired from coaching (served as AD) in 1973 turning the reigns of the program over to Dr. Tom Osbourne. In his first five years the Huskers went 9-2-1, 9-3, 10-2, 9-3-1, and 9-3. You look at those records and think, maybe even wish your team was that consistently gre, okay good, but not when you've tasted the prime cut. 

I played Frosh ball there in 72. My first year there was Devaney's last. The Huskers were preseason favorites to win it all. They lost their opener at UCLA 20-17, and went on to finish 9-2-1 and ranked 9th. This team was considered by many to be better than either of the 2 championship teams. They had a mid-season stretch of 4 consecutive shutouts, but people were disappointed because they didn't meet expectations, albeit the disappointment was abated by Johnny Rogers' winning the Heisman and nose-tackle, Rich Glover taking the Outland Trophys.

I don't know how much heat was on Osbourne as his mentor was the AD, but I can tell you that fans were rumbling thinking he couldn't win the big one. The numbers were nearly identical for the next 4 years, never losing more than 3 and always winning at least 9. In 1982 they 12-1 and ranked 3rd. The following year they were unbelievably talented. They were undefeated and ranked No. 1 heading into the Orange Bowl against Miami. Most would tell you Miami out played the Huskers that evening. To those I would say bring them up to Lincoln and we'll see how they fare. The bottom line was Nebraska scored with 48 seconds left to make it 31-30. There was no OT back then so Osbourne had a decision to make: kick the extra-point and tie thus winning the National Title or risk going for 2. He went for 2. Nebraska won that day; not the game as the pass fell to the turf, but they won respect from all knowledgeable fans who understood the ramifications of coach Tom's decision.

The next 9 years were a reversion back to the "never more than 3 loses, always at least 9 wins. Then came 1993 where Nebraska ranked No. 2 entered the Orange Bowl game as a 17 1/2 pt. dog to No. 1 Florida St.. The Huskers scored with 1:18 left to take a 16-15 lead, but Charlie Ward guided the Seminoles down to the 3 and they kicked a field goal to seal it.

Oh, the saddest words of tongue and pen are these four words "what might have been." But what might have been was necessary, as it so frequently proves to be. They beat up on their 17 point favorite that night, and with that came confidence. This confidence enabled them to win 3 of the next 4 titles (94, 95, 97), going undefeated in all three years. In 94 they avenged the 83 loss, coming from behind to best the Hurricane 24-17. In 95 the No. 1 ranked Huskers entered the game  as solid underdogs against a Danny Wuerffel led Gator team. This time they didn't have to visit Florida to play a Florida (state) team as the game was part of the 1995-96 Bowl Alliance. They met the Gators on a neutral site, Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. It was a massacre that Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull would have enjoyed: Huskers 62 Gators 24, and take it from me, it wasn't that close.

The undefeated 1997 team was the last for Dr. Tom, and he went out on top winning the Title by defeating an 11-1 Tenn. team 42-17. He did as Devaney and hand picked his successor, Frank Solich. Solich must have known what he was getting himself into. I'm sure Osbourne forewarned him. He went 9-4, 12-1, 10-2, 11-2, 7-7, and 9-3 before the axe fell. Maybe it was the 7-7 season, maybe it was just overly demanding fans with short memories - who knows? they fired Solich and replaced him with ex-Raider Super Bowl coach Bill Callahan. A huge mistake.     

So I wonder, are there rumblings in So. Cal.? I mean "this team" seems to always rank up near the top in preseason polls, but always lose to an unheralded Pas 10 team, and somehow always seems to garner the respect of others claiming that despite the loss they should be playing for the title.

Except for this year, one in which they lost 4. So I took you on an enjoyable reminiscent stroll on a circuitous path to make a point most would laugh at. Is there a chance Carroll feels the heat?   

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2010 9:04 pm

Be careful, Seattle

Rep 32, the salary cap is exactly why Pete  or Saint Pete by some here in Lala land.  Way too many errors and lack of institutional control.  He will no longer have to worry about paying his players as that will be Paul Allen doing that.  Is it a terrible hire?  Yes, it is and Seattle fans at least you will know who your QB will be for the 2012 season.  It will be Matt Barkeley, the interception machine that Pete so adores.

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2010 9:01 pm

Be careful, Seattle

Playoffs?!?! playoffs?!?!   no one credible in the pre-season ever said Seatle would make the playoffs, the most anyone credible ever said is this team was a POSSIBLE playoff contender. Prisco is a moron (as ive stated before). with that said, Pete Carroll is a pretty good COLLEGE coach, he wants total control of a team, which is understandable, but hasnt it been proven in the past that an NFL team cannot be run like a college program? but then again i know many will argue "ya but he was above .500 in his previous NFL coaching positions." i think we'll just have to wait an see what happens.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 8:46 pm

Be careful, Seattle

there were a lot of 'analysts' who liked the hawks to take the nfc west

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2010 8:30 pm
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Posted on: January 8, 2010 7:40 pm
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