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 Post subject: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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Brewer just reminded me why I don't listen to him or read his "articles" ugh...

But on KJR he just said that Carroll's competition mantra causes players to cheat because they don't feel comfortable in his system because jobs are never safe. He basically said Carroll brought this upon himself because players are always competing which leads them to cheat.

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What a loser mentality that is.

In fact, jobs aren't safe in the NFL at large, so players work to get an edge on every team.

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 Post subject: Re: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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Typical self-flagellating Seattle journalism. Why?


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Absolute bullshit. Most of the players on this team have earned their starting positions based on the competition. Guys who would have never gotten a chance anywhere else became all-pro's and pro-bowlers here because of Pete's mantra.

It's not as if the entire team is taking drugs not to lose their jobs. A few boneheads screwed up, over the course of 3 years or so, this is clearly being blown out of proportion.


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 Post subject: Re: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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Loser mentality, but typically politically correct.

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I would say the PED use is more caused by the NFL's inflated salary system. 15 lbs of muscle= 4 more sacks a year= 5 million more a year on your next contract.

It has nothing to do with Pete. It is just kids trying to be the best they can, so they can cash in.


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It's interesting, because I've had this thought on my own. It's not necessarily PC's fault, but in a highly competitive environment where millions of dollars on the line, there's going to be significant temptation to cheat. It's astonishing that so few seem to believe this could be the case. I'm not saying it's right, but to dismiss it out of turn is a big mistake.

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 Post subject: Re: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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That makes total sense. Because the rest of the league isn't emulating Seattle's model some way or another. Since no one else on any other team is being popped for PED's and Adderall.

While we're at it, we should blame the NFL. The salary cap makes things much more difficult, and the league is built to have such parity that little things like this give a competitive advantage.


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I only listen to and read journalists who I agree with 100%! Dissenting thought will not be tolerated! How dare anyone question my opinions and the things I hold dear! Burn the witch!!!


This is a strawman fallacy. No one has argued this, nor is anyone arguing that dissenting thought is the reason that Brewer's argument is a bad one. You are making up this argument, pretending that those who criticize Brewer have made it, and then knocking it down.

Let's try to be intellectually honest, here. Why do you think that Brewer's argument has merit?

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 Post subject: Re: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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Carroll had little to do with it. It is called personal responsibility. Some players screwed up, forfeit salary and playing time, the reporter needs to move on. Even easy to make mistakes can get you flagged like pseudo ephedrine in cold Meds. The league is not even supposed to release what the player was using and didn't to my knowledge


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 Post subject: Re: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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Every environment in the NFL is competitive. Everyone is playing for their next contract. Seattle is not unique in this regard.

Yeah, in Seattle, a guy will get cut quickly if he's not shaping up, but Bruce actually has one of the most secure jobs on the roster. He has three years remaining on a fully guaranteed rookie deal. Cutting him would only hurt the team's cap. That alone kills Brewer's reasoning. Do some research, Jerry.


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I look at it this way.... if someone came up to you and told you they had a magical pill that would make you better at your job. So good in fact that you could get a huge promotion and make 4x your current salary. The one caveat is that if you got caught you would be punished and lose 10% of your salary. However, there was only a 10% chance that you would be caught, would you do it?

now add that you can only do this job for 8 years, then will have to retire.


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I don't know that I think this is Pete Carroll's fault. However, he and Schneider do need to take some steps to get this PED thing under control. Don't know what that entails, but this is happening too much.

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 Post subject: Re: Jerry Brewer blames Carroll
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Every environment in the NFL is competitive. Everyone is playing for their next contract. Seattle is not unique in this regard.

Yeah, in Seattle, a guy will get cut quickly if he's not shaping up, but Bruce actually has one of the most secure jobs on the roster. He has three years remaining on a fully guaranteed rookie deal. Cutting him would only hurt the team's cap. That alone kills Brewer's reasoning. Do some research, Jerry.


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Pete's mantra of work hard and you could play in the NFL is what every FO should be saying. If a couple kids have to take drugs to achieve that high level of competition, that is their failure, not Pete's.

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Brewer is correct, but it isn't the competition mantra that is to blame, it is the player who seeks an illegal edge. The competition mantra gave us Russell Wilson when all thought Matt Flynn.

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Hawkfan77 wrote:
Brewer just reminded me why I don't listen to him or read his "articles" ugh...

But on KJR he just said that Carroll's competition mantra causes players to cheat because they don't feel comfortable in his system because jobs are never safe. He basically said Carroll brought this upon himself because players are always competing which leads them to cheat.



Carrolls competition mantra did not lead to cheating. Thats excusing grown men from their own behavior, which is ridiculous. If anything it is the opposite (accountability must be a big catch word in the locker room).

But you cant ignore the obvious... there is something lacking in the Seahawks locker room right now.

edit.... scottemojo beat me to it a bit.


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Let's try to be intellectually honest, here. Why do you think that Brewer's argument has merit?


It's the nature of competition. If we're in fact ratcheting up the competitiveness of our approach, we're ratcheting up the various degrees of success and failure experienced by our players. Those who are getting outperformed, or fear they may later be outperformed, would be more likely to take shortcuts like PEDs. If Brewer makes the case that our process puts our players in this position, he's absolutely right and PC would be responsible in a variety of ways. However, if that's the only case he's making, he's overlooking the overwhelming positives from our process. We could in fact be indirectly encouraging the use of PEDs but it's just one negative aspect of the mostly positive process we've used to become one of the most talented and youthful teams in the league.

Our homers throwing Brewer under the bus are only looking at positives and denying the negatives. Brewer is looking at the negative and overlooking the positives. This whole concept is an exercise in perspective and while Brewer might be struggling to see the bigger picture, so are many of us!


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BirdsCommaAngry, that was a fine argument.

My issue with Brewer's take is that it targets PC's approach to competition as if:

a.) the NFL in general doesn't take that same approach, and

b.) PC was the one hawking the ster--um, Adderall to these guys in a coded "Take these or you might lose your jobs," Vince McMahon-style pressuring. In fact, these guys decided on their own to take this stuff.

If no other player in any sport, ever had taken illicit substances before PC got here and started up his "Always ComPETE" mantra, Brewer may have a point. However, this is not true. Everything in sports has always been about competition, especially once free agency came about and big money became more and more involved. Those are the places to point first - the underpinings of professional sports not only in America, but around the world.

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If you're going to blame Pete, all you can do is blame the way the team is run in general. And if your'e going to do that, then whatever the same factors are that lead to PED use are the same factors that lead to the team finding talent in unlikely/late round draft picks and giving them an opportunity.

Or it's just dumb luck.

I'd like to know how many guys per team are tested. Are the hawks tested more because they are a young team that just happened to have a lot of turnover and new faces?


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I only blame Irvin. Everything I have seen of him tells me that essentially, he is just not very smart


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BirdsCommaAngry, that was a fine argument.

My issue with Brewer's take is that it targets PC's approach to competition as if:

a.) the NFL in general doesn't take that same approach, and

b.) PC was the one hawking the ster--um, Adderall to these guys in a coded "Take these or you might lose your jobs," Vince McMahon-style pressuring. In fact, these guys decided on their own to take this stuff.

If no other player in any sport, ever had taken illicit substances before PC got here and started up his "Always ComPETE" mantra, Brewer may have a point. However, this is not true. Everything in sports has always been about competition, especially once free agency came about and big money became more and more involved. Those are the places to point first - the underpinings of professional sports not only in America, but around the world.


Actually, the NFL in general might not take the same approach. Everyone might talk about competition but PC's coaching style is likely a superior style for actually bringing that competitiveness out. This has a lot to do with the biology of how people learn. To put it more simply, PC's version of encouraging competitiveness focuses on obtaining friendlier understandings of his players and bringing out little improvements in their play when and where they can. This incremental growth pays larger dividends over time by being better tailored to the way people learn. PC might be talking about something every coach is talking about but the way he actually approaches it is very different and much more thought out than his contemporaries.

I completely agree that PC isn't masterminding the use of PEDs but I suspect those tying PC to what is essentially a conspiracy theory aren't concerned with accuracy. Blaming a head coach makes for a simpler and more sensational story than a young player tempting fate with PEDs on his own accord. If it got us reading his work, then it seems to have worked (even if we're reading it for the wrong reasons). I can't fault Brewer for providing shallow entertainment when so many people are entertained by it.


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Now I think that we are parsing the idea of "competition." Broadly, the NFL is a market in which the player must compete with other players for jobs. That is the underlying competition that leads players across the league, not just in Seattle, to trying anything for a competitive advantage. James Harrison just came out and said that he spends, what was it, 600K a year just treating his body and looking for every little edge (although legally, as far as I know)?

Of course, Coach Carroll's mantra is superior because it focuses less on monetary gain and more on personal improvement, something that I do find inspirational. However, I would argue that any pressure that it may add to the lives of these players is probably nominal.

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The thing that almost everyone seems to ignore is that the team isn't informed until after the suspension is applied by the league and that the current CBA doesn't allow any penalty to be handed down by the team. All that they have to work with is talking to and educating the players. They have to take college kids who have been willing to do almost anything to get here and make them understand that there are now limits to what they can do.

The ones that can do something about this is the players in leadership roles in the team itself. With such a young team, it is still in the establishment phase for influencing off of the field. Wilson, Bryant, Robinson may have tremendous sway on the field, but off the field takes much more time to establish.


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Smelly McUgly wrote:
Of course, Coach Carroll's mantra is superior because it focuses less on monetary gain and more on personal improvement, something that I do find inspirational. However, I would argue that any pressure that it may add to the lives of these players is probably nominal.


Indeed but even a nominal change can have a big effect on a player. This is no excuse for Irvin but it's important for us as fans to understand what it is that may be going on with our players and team that leads to these instances. Even if we're powerless to do anything with that knowledge in relation to football, the concepts at work extend well beyond the sport.


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I know PC like to talk about how they have an environment where anyone can earn the starting job, but let's be real, that's like every NFL team. Seahawks need to deal with the PED problem but saying the coach is encouraging it is kind of naive when you look at the landscape of the league.


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Brewer just reminded me why I don't listen to him or read his "articles" ugh...

But on KJR he just said that Carroll's competition mantra causes players to cheat because they don't feel comfortable in his system because jobs are never safe. He basically said Carroll brought this upon himself because players are always competing which leads them to cheat.


That perspective reminds me of those that have argued that Americans are to blame for 9-11.

That no fault mentality bestowed on offenders. That automatic reflex to aid their escape from responsibility. Made possible by this nation state's preoccupation with deflecting accountablity ...... "The blame game"

Fortunately, Bruce Irvin is bigger than that. He has expressed the courage to rejected mental crutches and man up and excepted responsibility.

I too reject Jerry Brewer's crutch. I'm all in with Irvin's choice to accept resposibility. To accept accoutability and get back on track. I welcome Bruce Irvin's journey in becoming the leader we would all like to see.


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That perspective reminds me of those that have argued that Americans are to blame for 9-11.

That no fault mentality bestowed on offenders. That automatic reflex to aid their escape from responsibility. Made possible by this nation state's preoccupation with deflecting accountablity ...... "The blame game"


I'm not sure I understand the logic of your example here. Wouldn't arguing that Americans, at least partly, are to blame for 9/11 be a form of accepting responsibility?


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That perspective reminds me of those that have argued that Americans are to blame for 9-11.

That no fault mentality bestowed on offenders. That automatic reflex to aid their escape from responsibility. Made possible by this nation state's preoccupation with deflecting accountablity ...... "The blame game"

Don't remember people blaming America for 9-11 rather than other people accusing them of blaming America when merely pointing out that it's not a simple, black & white world we live in, and our long history of propping up horrifying dictators when it's suited us (Saddam Hussein, Mubarak, etc) and funding and training terrorists OURSELVES (like Al Queda during the Eighties).....all things that simply point out that things in this life are complex, and can't be diluted down to simplistic catch-phrases. Kind of like when fans or players dismiss criticism as "ahh, they're just haters."

And to veer back onto topic, Bruce Irvin DID accept responsibility, so isn't that really the whole point?

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Brewer just reminded me why I don't listen to him or read his "articles" ugh...

But on KJR he just said that Carroll's competition mantra causes players to cheat because they don't feel comfortable in his system because jobs are never safe. He basically said Carroll brought this upon himself because players are always competing which leads them to cheat.



Carroll sux. I find it rediculous that a coach would bring in competition that essentially forces a player, set to make millions, to train and perform at a level he may be uncomfortable with. Good bye soft drinks. Good bye alcohol and adios to those Dorito couch days. Where's the love (for Pete's sake)??


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Jerry Brewery equals crap, I'm cool with that, but not the same day bleacher report is widely accepted as an accredited publisher. come on guys!

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I'm laughing at everyone arguing this from every direction. Pretty much with no real information.

Is this the off season?

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Always compete is about learning to be the best you can be by competing not only against others but with yourself. It's about always striving to do the best you can and maximize your abilities. It's not just about 'beat the other guy or you're screwed'--in fact that would be contrary to what Pete wants.

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So now it's Carroll's fault guys choose to do something they flat out KNOW they are not supposed to do?

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This is a poem Pete wrote a few years back. It used to be on his web site; I actually found it on an old BR article just now.

"Always Compete"
By: Pete Carroll

Always Compete…

As you progress through your sporting life…

Always Compete.

If you want to go for it…

Always Compete.

You’re gonna have to make Choices in Life and those choices need to be Conscious Decisions. There’s only one person in Control here and that person is You…

You hold All the cards. You are the Master of You. It’s time to admit it…

You have always known this. So if you’re ready, act on it…

Always Compete.

Don’t you dare try to be too Cool, don’t you dare be afraid of Life, just “Dare to be Great,” and Let it Rip.

Always be Humble, Always be Kind, Always be Respectful…

Always Compete!

Everything You do counts and screams who You are…there is no hiding from You.

Act as if the Whole World will know who You are…

Always Compete.

Be True to Yourself and Let Nothing hold You back.

Compete to be the Greatest You and that will Always be enough and that will be a Lifetime!

Always Compete.

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I blame the 12th man....thats right, if all you yelling/screaming lunatics had not created that overexcited atmosphere at the CLink our boys would not be feeling so pressured to satisfy the masses. So ssshhhhh for crying out loud before you ruin the whole damn season.

ohh, and :sarcasm_off:

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I think it's Pete Carroll's fault that I got a parking ticket yesterday as well. He should pay for that. Damn you Carroll!!


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Way too much rain this week. Thanks a lot Pete.

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I'm not sure you guys understand the difference between blame and spit balling about cause and effect... Thanks a lot, Pete!!!


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Smelly McUgly wrote:
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I only listen to and read journalists who I agree with 100%! Dissenting thought will not be tolerated! How dare anyone question my opinions and the things I hold dear! Burn the witch!!!


This is a strawman fallacy. No one has argued this, nor is anyone arguing that dissenting thought is the reason that Brewer's argument is a bad one. You are making up this argument, pretending that those who criticize Brewer have made it, and then knocking it down.

Let's try to be intellectually honest, here. Why do you think that Brewer's argument has merit?


The only merit Brewer's argument has is that it got people's attention and emotional engagement. It's a stupid, stupid argument, but hey, a lot of us bit. That's his job. Get people emotionally engaged and paying attention to you and the media outlet you represent. They don't have to *like* you, as long as they are reading you and your media employer, and are emotionally engaged. It was amusing watching the BS distortion and spin by the national media on "Fail Mary" and only local Seattle media showed the backside angles that supported the refs. National media was only about emotionally engaging butt-hurt Packer fans and attracting them to their sites to vent. Brewer is just using a variation of that formula, attacking PC to get our attention and emotional involvement, and TRAFFIC to his media outlet ma$ter. It's not like you should legitimately take him seriously on this.


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