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Losing has been an uncharacteristic trend in Pete Carroll’s coaching for the Seattle Seahawks, which has made the 2021-22 season a puzzling one for players, fans and personnel.
Reflecting on the landscape of his 5-10 record, Carroll spoke with the media to share his outlook on the present team.
His feedback emphasized that the Seahawks ought to “retool” rather than start from scratch and claimed his team presented overlooked positives in their fight to stay afloat.
“Yeah, we have to continue to build, though,” Carroll said. “We’ve got to get better and keep bringing in the players that can help us make the difference. We’ve got to get healthy again and we’ll see how that goes.”
Carroll wants his team to stay the course, acknowledging that injuries and COVID sit-outs have mired the team’s winning foundation.
“It’s not the time to assess all of that. But there’s a lot to look at and there’s a lot of positives and a lot of plusses.”
Carroll gave credit to the strength of the West’s division while side-stepping some feedback on Russell Wilson’s mallet finger injury.
“We like what we’ve got, but you’ve got to admire what the other teams have,” Carroll noted, “and acknowledge the fact that they’ve got some great players over there, too.”
“But the results are a little bit different,” he added. “And the accuracy thing, maybe there’s a couple plays a game, and I think that there’s a factor in there, some that we have to deal with that we really don’t have control of like we wish we did.”
After a nail-in-the-coffin loss against the Chicago Bears in Week 16, the Seahawks officially fell out of the NFC playoff picture. The team was also locked in last place for the West’s race
Carroll’s role as head coach has come at the hip of Seahawks general manager John Schneider — both hired in 2010. Carroll, Schneider and Wilson’s impressive run in the division has led to five division titles and two Super Bowl appearances (1-1).
With Wilson becoming a widespread name among trade rumors heading into the offseason, the team’s next “reboot” may not be expected by Carroll but could abruptly become a reality for Seattle by mid-2022.
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