Why does everything have to be a war?
Seahawks fans are particularly tetchy at the moment. It feels like we’re destined to live in perpetual disagreement over something. Let Russ Cook. Running Backs Don’t Matter. Carroll Out.
Some of the discourse has been pretty obnoxious. At times, it’s almost felt cultish.
Personally, I appreciate how and why some fans are content with no change. Pete Carroll and John Schneider brought the first Championship to the franchise. They are popular and likeable.
I also think plenty of strong arguments have been made in support of change. The Seahawks ended the 2020 season with many acknowledging that playoff progress was vital this season. Instead, the Seahawks didn’t even qualify for the post-season. They finished 7-10.
People cite the Russell Wilson injury as an excuse but fail to note that San Francisco, Arizona and Philadelphia also needed to field a backup. New Orleans started four different quarterbacks and still finished with a better record than Seattle.
The future of Wilson remains a big question mark. Again, we’re only 12 days removed from this article by Adam Schefter.
I think change is important and reasonable. If nothing else though, I think if the status quo remains the fanbase is owed a bit more of an explanation on how this team intends to return to contention.
Just going along, bringing every staff member back, not shifting anything in the front office, cracking on with perhaps a few minor tweaks doesn’t feel adequate.
And therefore, given the well publicised meetings this week reported by some members of the national media — it’s not unreasonable to expect some kind of communication from the team.
We don’t need to know any state secrets. Yet bringing the fans — all of the fans — on a journey in 2022 is still important.
Those pushing back against the need to do this might be content. But they aren’t the entire fan base. And it’s not a tiny minority, I’d suggest, who want some answers. Certainly none were provided by Carroll in his ‘everything’s just peachy’ press conference on Monday.
If nothing else — the mystery surrounding the team isn’t healthy. It wasn’t last year either, when the Seahawks refused to address the Wilson saga. It just left everything hanging, created anxiety in some cases and had the fans warring against each other on Twitter.
That’s happening again already. Where’s the benefit in that?
Would it really hurt the Seahawks to release a statement, if the status quo is remaining, saying that all parties look forward to working together to return the team to the playoffs next season?
Just let everyone get on with their lives.
I’m not sure what’s wrong with that.
Yet I see a tweet like this:
Seahawks making a news announcement about what Pete Carroll, John Schneider, Jody Allen see as a routine end-of-season meeting is counter to how they’ve operated the last 12 years.
Unless they break from status quo the only folks thinking this “event” should be news is us.
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 14, 2022
And it embodies the snarky, unnecessarily dismissive tone that just creates tension.
Why does it have to be this way?
The simple answer is — it doesn’t.
Communicating with your fans is par for the course. Putting minds at ease, getting everyone on board — that’s what everyone wants.
I’d rather know, than assume, it’s business as usual. Unless, of course it isn’t. And in that case, maybe certain people could just pipe down acting like that’s the case when in truth — none of us really know anything.
This week I was invited onto the Pedestrian Podcast with Stu and Adam to discuss the future of Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
It’s a good conversation so be sure to check it out below…
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