Seahox wrote:Umm... SharkHawk, you are a fan, and not a coach, scout, or anything else for that matter......please don't act like you know why things happen on the field. The post you just made is amateur at best. I would love to see you on the Seahawks sideline calling plays......ugh!
Ummmm.... hey Seahox. Try reading the board rules. If you want to make it personal, then it doesn't belong here. Thanks. Have a terrific day. As far as the "amateur" post I made. it was entirely made up of information I pulled directly from Pete Carroll's pressers which he gives multiple times a week. Try tuning in. You can learn a lot about the team and why they do the things they do. Pete is very forthcoming and a real master at adjusting not only from game to game, but even from series to series, and in particular from half to half. He is a very intelligent guy.
I was paraphrasing what he has been saying for several weeks and why the offense has morphed into what it has, and where they were pulling ideas from. I'm trying to be nice here since you're new and have 3 posts, but I really feel like your comments directed at me were pretty laughable and were really uncalled for. I don't know you, you don't know me, and so you have no reason to pull out the ridiculous commentary saying I should be coaching. I never claimed to be a coach.
One thing that doesn't fly too well here is the "I'd like to see you do better" card when we are analyzing a specific part of the gameplan.... since nobody here is claiming to be the head coach, but merely commenting on what we see and making an analysis of the situation. That is what discussion boards are all about. The other thing that doesn't fly real well is the "you're not a real fan" card. Both of those serve no purpose, and the fact that I don't coach in the NFL doesn't mean that I am not aware of how to call an offense or what might be a good play in a given situation (however, I wasn't doing anything of the sort in this particular post, I was merely repeating what our coach has said repeatedly).
If you want to get into credentials, I am sure we all have some somewhere. I was coached by my father who is a bit of a local legend when it comes to coaching, and then I went on to coach a variety of sports, but found myself more interested in the education side of things and dedicated my life to teaching full time and coaching as a volunteer at many different levels, with many different sports, and with many different teams just for the joy of helping out and having the mindset and skillset passed on to me from some greats to be able to have the opportunity. My dad was taught how to coach by Mr. LaVell Edwards who was his coach and is in the college hall of fame I believe, and I am fairly certain is in the top 10 all time in wins. He taught my father to coach directly when my Dad's playing career ended due to a busted leg that required a bar being placed in it. LaVell Edwards was the man who pulled Mike Holmgren from the high school ranks and made him an offensive coordinator at BYU. He also taught Norm Chow, Steve Sarkisian, Andy Reid, and Mike Leach how to coach as graduate assistants or coordinators. They were all part of the LaVell Edwards coaching tree. So was my father. So am I then I guess. I could be in worse company, right? I guess you never quite know somebody's experience, who they are, or what they know about a sport by just coming onto a message board on day 1 and ripping them apart. But whatever works for you I guess is fine. I just wanted to point out that the statements I made came directly from the Seahawks head coach, who is doing a great job, and I trust his wisdom on coaching a great deal and felt it was worth repeating in case others weren't aware of when, why, and how the offense had changed a great deal as the year has progressed, and how what Shanahan had done with Griffin figured into the equation.
So for what an "amateur" I am.... I am still proud to be a member of this board and participate positively and to have been tutored by some incredible coaches and those who were lucky enough to train under gurus of the sport like Edwards, Chow, Doug Scovil (an early bird in the development of the true west coast offense who worked with Edwards and then later with Chow and Holmgren), Ted Tollner, Leach, Reid, Sark, Jon Gruden, Sherm Lewis, Gil Haskell, and a tree that goes on and on and includes "amateur hour" like myself on it as well.
Enjoy your time here at DOTNET. I'm sorry you've closed your mind to possibly learning things from others here just because we happen to post on this board, because although I don't count myself as one of them, there are some X's and O's gurus here that I wouldn't skip a beat allowing them to gameplan for the Hawks for a week or a whole season. They know their stuff as well as anybody I've ever had the privilege of working with, and I've worked with some amazing folks over the years. Not for a second would I be fearful of letting many of these guys run a draft, break down tape for the team, or function as a position coach or an OC or DC and sitting in the booth calling things in real time. There are some here that are just top notch at it and will at some point have a chance to do this as a career. There are several guys here that are superior at calling draft picks and the success rates of players than the "big names" like Mel Kiper. In fact.... the guy we have calling plays for us now (Bevell) comes out of that same coaching tree I was just speaking of above.... but at least he's not an "amateur" like me. Anyway, enjoy your day, and remember that everybody started somewhere, and the great names of tomorrow are many times the nobodies of today that are learning their craft places like here. A few guys that started out posting on this very board have national writing gigs (one is working directly for the NFL as we speak probably finishing up his post game wrap ups right now before he flies by and peruses this very board).