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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 of the power. … 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 the offense], I’m gone.'”— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) January 19, 2021
— @BMarshall on why the Seahawks OC hire is so important: pic.twitter.com/eIIoJWkmyC
“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.