drdiags wrote:I don't understand what fans of the Seahawks want him to say.
Something smarter, or at least something more "politically" mindful. Personally, I think what he said was pretty dumb. It's bulletin board material for SEA/SF. Whatever hope of AZ getting SEA/SF to overlook them next season (the way those teams did last season with the Rams) is basically gone now. That plus the quote just makes Arians look silly, especially if those teams smoke the Cardinals (again) in 2013.
You are right about the "who cares" logic, or your should be right, in a just universe. But coaches can lay cracks in the foundation for their job security by saying things that sound stupid. In a lot of ways, running an NFL team is a lot like being a politician, because image matters. For example, I think the beginning of the end for Raheem Morris was when he famously said "stats are for losers." Less than a year later he was out of a job when his previously over-achieving 10-6 team regressed to the mean because- as it turns out- stats are for winners. Jim Mora hastened his exit from both Atlanta and Seattle with some poorly thought out opinions. Etc.
You'll notice that a few months back, John Schneider was given a softball question about the 49ers 2013 draft class, and he went out of his way to praise it. Now JS is the genius and I'm a nobody, but I actually thought SF's draft was pretty meh- lots of backups, depth and "big names," but little in terms of untapped upside or sky high intangibles. They took a hack on a home run swing with Corey Lemonier, but otherwise they had an incredibly vanilla by-the-book draft, the kind that Mel Kiper would conduct. I'm betting Schneider is good friends with Baalke, so that might have factored. But the next time that PC/JS disrespects another NFL team, it will be the first time I'm aware of it. Even when Pete talks about Harbaugh, he's very careful to point out that he has the highest respect for him as a coach and competitor, etc.