Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has one of the hottest seats of any coach in the NFL. Not only is his team a disappointing 3-8 on the season following a rash of injuries that Seattle's shallow roster failed to overcome, but he has also had a rocky relationship with his star quarterback, Russell Wilson.
The dynamic between the head coach and the quarterback is one of the most important factors in the success or failure of an NFL team. If you don't trust each other, there will never really be much success–and Pete Carroll only did more during Monday night's press conference to drive a wedge into Wilson and Carroll's “circle of trust.”
Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson missing throws: "The film doesn't lie, you know. We're missing some stuff. … I felt like there's some guys open tonight with some chances and unfortunately didn't pick it up."
— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 30, 2021
Well, Pete, the film may not lie…but coaches do, and you should have done so in this situation. Not only is Wilson the most important player on the Seahawks roster, but he is also one of the league's best individual players and one of the most marketable. If Carroll wants to save his job, he should start by sucking up to Wilson, and certainly should not be calling him out for bad throws during a lost season.
What is there to gain from Carroll's words? His comments would usually fall under the “motivational” category that has had varying degrees of success. The problem is, for that motivation to work, the team has to have a legitimate shot at something to play for. At this point–sitting two games back of the final NFC wild-card spot with six games to go– it does not seem like the Seahawks fit that bill.