NFL Starball: Appeasing Players At The Expense Of The League

Former NFL wideout and current Fox Sports analyst Brandon Marshall was asked why the Seahawks’ OC hire was so important. His response took aim at head coach Pete Carroll, a sign that the NFL might turn into the NBA.


“Pete Carroll runs everything in Seattle. He has all the power,” Marshall argued. “If I’m in Russell Wilson’s shoes, I go to the team and say ‘If you don’t embrace what I want to do [on offense], I’m gone.”

Isn’t this exactly how the NBA got to the stage they’re at now? A couple of superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo insist that coaching and management accede to their demands. The Greek Freak literally told the Bucks front office that if they didn’t “get aggressive” in trading for a star teammate, he would leave. Sometimes it’s the only way to get things done, but it shouldn’t be the go-to move.

In the NBA coach/player dynamic, it’s very clear who controls whom.

This might be a generational issue

In this era, we teach our children that it’s the coach’s fault that they’re not playing. In the wrong position and not being used the way you think you deserve to be? It’s got to be the coach. Players have suddenly become better coaches than the coaches themselves.

That’s what we’re seeing unfold in Seattle with Russell Wilson, and even with Brandon Marshall’s input.

Someone has to take the blame for the offense laying an egg, and instead of Brandon Marshall allowing Wilson to share the blame, he shifts it entirely onto the coaching staff. He even claims Wilson should force a power shift to ensure the team is run under the dictatorship of King Wilson.

It’s ironic that Fox Sports’ Mark Schlereth goes on and on every week about how “football is the ultimate team game.” Maybe they should bring him on First Things First with Nick Wright and explain why Wilson shouldn’t declare himself to be all-powerful.

If Russell Wilson wants to improve the offense, he should make better throws. It’s that simple.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Isn’t this the exact situation going on with the Texans?

    The talent of the player is going to determine what the team is going to give them. Unfortunately, teams make the mistake of of listening to players in their 20s instead of GMs and Coaches with 20 years of work experience in talent evaluation.

  2. Great article, Gary. It’s funny, when it was “Let Russ Cook” season, the coaches were the greatest group walking (“FINALLY! THEY’RE LETTING RUSS THROW THE BALL!”). Then, when the schedule had teams with better defenses on the menu and Russ was getting shut down and he was turning the ball over frequently, NOW it’s the coaches fault, their scheme is trash, Russ is doing all he can, etc..

    And with the Watson situation, that NBA analogy is moving closer and closer into becoming reality sadly.

  3. Agreed it is generational and due to a lot of things. One of which is the lame ass social media obsession whereby athletes/entertainers/influencers think they are important because of all their followers who apparently have nothing better to do than pump some other person’s ego through the roof. Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson etc are really good players, but that’s it they are playing, let the GM’s and coaches do their jobs. If those jobs are performed inadequately there will be consequences (except in places like Cincinnati).

  4. Personally I wouldn’t take advice from a guy who has admitted he has Borderline Personality Disorder. My educated guess is he is taking some personal trauma from childhood here (perhaps his parents) and transferring it to anyone with power…like a coach for example.

    Owners own a team, coaches coach, players play. What Russ has control of is on the field.

  5. You can’t let an individual athlete, that has no real education, no experience in business, and no experience in their own profession, make major decisions that affect the bottom line of a billion-dollar team. At least the Players’ Unions have some sort of adult supervision when it comes to negotiating with the teams/leagues. Most players are largely self-interested. Lebron is a good example. He has enriched himself and gotten more rings, but at the expense of the league as a whole.

  6. Great article, Gary! It made me think back to when Wilson was anointed the MVP! He truly looks average or below average much of the time but has incredible breakouts at times. There is a reason the Seahawks have not won or been close to a Super Bowl since he signed his massive deal.

  7. It is 100% a generational thing.

    Let’s take sports out of the equation. Bigger picture —> younger people generally despise authority. That’s what 9 months of rioting was predicated on. It wasn’t about protesting supposed injustice but giving ‘law and order’ a middle finger.

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