We start by putting our Bud Light Spotlight on an entirely new era of Seahawks football.
Many of us thought it began when Pete Carroll was introduced as head coach. But it officially began this week.
As Seahawks fans, it stings. It happened too quickly, and felt like a jackhammer over our heads. Vocal leaders like Lawyer Milloy are gone, and all of a sudden our starting quarterback isTarvaris Jackson.
As much as we joke, this is not an attempt by the front office to tank the season and pick up a top draft pick like Andrew Luck. But it is a statement by John Schneider and Pete Carroll that they’re moving on and are putting the past in the past.
Look at the big picture, and you might understand. The Seahawks have gone 4-and-12, 5-and-10 and 7-and-9 the past three years. Even Hasselbeck would admit that last year’s divisional title and playoff win were nothing short of a miracle with all the roster moves and player turnover.
What we have to accept, is that right now, Carroll and Schneider are putting their official stamp on this organization – for better or for worse. And only time will tell if they’re right, or chased out of town.
The skeptics in all of us and need for instant gratification will continue to overshadow these moves until the Seahawks find significant success. Especially in Seattle, we hate the word “re-build.” It’s quite a burden to shoulder, and a big risk to take, but Carroll and Schneider are accepting responsibility.
I won’t defend them, because the likelihood of another losing season is pretty large. Then again, the NFC West is once again mediocre at best, and another divisional title at 7-and-9 isn’t completely far fetched.
Carroll will emphasize this is all part of a plan. Because of the new system under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, bring in two guys most familiar with his system from Minnesota: Jackson and receiver Sidney Rice. We can question Jackson’s abilities, but not the philosophy behind the move.
I’m also wildly impressed with new offensive line coach Tom Cable. One look at Cable working with the re-vamped O-Line, and you can only help but smile.
So let’s call it the week that’ll forever be remembered. The week the Seahawks shed their past and began a New Era. With a new foundation of leaders to be determined. With a GM and coach rolling the dice.
And ultimate success, the biggest question mark of all.