Plenty of Work Left with Young Team
We are eight games into the season which means we have officially hit the half way point of the season.
A season that can only be described as a roller coaster ride where seven out of the eight games have been decided by seven or fewer points.
But how do we rate Pete Carroll and his coaching staff so far this season?
I think it would be unfair to judge them strictly on wins and losses this season.
At the end of the season we will sit here and judge the team on its record but for now I think a better judgment would be looking at the progress made from last years team.
Last season the Seahawks were 2-6 at this point and faced a schedule which was arguably easier than the one it faced so far this season.
So where’s the difference?
The one difference I see so far this season in comparison to last year is consistency, which still has a long way to come before we can be considered contenders; however the Seahawks have proven that they can stay with any team.
Last season they suffered several embarrassing losses which we have not seen this year, mostly because of the defenses ability to keep the team in games.
The offense has struggled at times, however I think that Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell deserves high grades for the development of Russell Wilson in a short amount of time.
Still a long way to come with Wilson but he has shown tremendous growth. The offense has shown signs of life recently and I expect this to continue as the season progresses.
This teams strength
Defensively Coordinator Gus Bradley and Pete Carroll deserve the highest marks on the coaching staff putting together an elite defense in the NFL, all though it should be mentioned that John Schneider probably deserves an equal amount of credit for bringing these players in.
I think we can all agree that the team is developing into a solid football team, but at this point no one should not be satisfied celebrating the future.
The Seahawks have beaten the Dallas Cowboys, the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers this season, a sign that this team is ready to compete now.
What needs to happen next?
Pete Carroll has to get his team better prepared for division games.
So far this season they are 0-3 against division rivals, a record which unless turned around in a hurry could really hurt them when the playoffs roll around.
Luckily they will face all three of the division opponents at home in the second half.
Make no mistake Seahawk fans whether the rest of the NFL is ready to admit it or not this is a playoff team.
It is up to Pete Carroll and his staff to find a way to get both the offense and defense to show up to the games and to keep developing a talented young team.
If the defense remains strong and the offense continue to progress the Seahawks will be a hard team to beat down the stretch.
If I had to rate Carroll and his staff so far this season I would be give them an 8/10 or a B.
They have put the team in position to make a playoff run.
They have made the team competitive every week, now it is a matter of getting the players to that next level and into the post season.