Seahawks news: Pete Carroll ‘felt it was time’ to overhaul coaching staff
The Seattle Seahawks endured a disappointing 2017 NFL season, to say the least. As a result, the Seahawks nearly cleaned house with the coaching staff outside of head coach Pete Carroll.
Of course, making such drastic changes in such a short period of time is always a tough adjustment. However, according to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk, Carroll feels it is one that needed to be made:
“Wanted to make sure to challenge the opportunity to get better,” Carroll said. “Wanted to find ways to make… and there was some tough decisions here to get that done, but I wanted to work at changing just kind of the approach to it so that maybe we can find our ways and maybe some newness to uncover. It was difficult to make those choices, because the guys that left we have done so much together and worked together in great fashion. But I just felt it was time. It really just comes back to competing and just trying to find a way to get a little better. That’s why we made those choices.”
Needless to say, the Seahawks largely underwhelmed on both sides of the ball throughout last season. The offense lacked any kind of spark outside of quarterback Russell Wilson. Once again, Seattle’s offense largely relied on Wilson’s playmaking ability due to their lack of pass protection and non-existent rushing attack. However, the addition of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has brought plenty of optimism for Carroll.
Meanwhile, the defense is certainly no longer the formidable unit it has been in years past. It did not help that they had been riddled with severe injuries at key positions, especially in the “Legion of Boom.” Fortunately, they will be getting a familiar face back in defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who returns after a tumultuous stint with the Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks will have a tough road ahead as they prepare to compete in an NFC West Division that has been suddenly revamped.