Every contemporary sports fan forum has threads for fans to vent about that which alludes them. Fire this or that guy. Cut this or that guy. Blame this or that. A shallow place for name calling and demonizing.
Why? Because it's easy. It's a no brainier.
This is one of those threads. I say let them be. They need to vent. This is their thread.
But it is not an emotional response from me, but logical. I don't go after coaches only until after I've seen enough. I don't like jumping the gun on anything. I need the data to build.
2014 (technically 2015) after the Superbowl loss, Darrell Bevell, goes on the S-List. Not because of that one play, but because of his repeated failures in the redzone throughout his career. That play was just a microcosm of that. Seattle immediately became one of the best Red Zone offenses under Schotty, and Schotty didn't have Lynch or a nearly as mobile Wilson. Which was a cheat code back then.
2015: Cable installs Drew Nowak at C, the Seahawks start 2-4. He lost me. They go back to the other C, go 8-2. The previous season that same C, Patrick Lewis, was also 8-2 filling in for the injured Max Unger.
I had had enough of Cable at this point.
2019 Midway into that season and it was obvious, Norton had to go.
2020: Norton is still here? Okay, what the hell is Pete doing? No longer can I blame defensive staff under him, it's gotta be him.
2022 - How can Hurtt be actually worse than Norton? At least Norton could stop the run. Hurtt can't do anything.
So keeping a tally:
Never complained about Gus Bradley, though if he had stayed onboard, and continued to blow 4 qtr leads, I would've.
Quinn - was awesome, loved what he did. He continues to thrive in the league. Wish he were still here. Never criticized him because there was nothing to criticize.
Richard, I generally liked. He blitzed, and played more man than Pete was comfortable with. Shame. He was better than these last 2.
Norton - failure. And criticized him all of the time for his failure. But layed off mostly doing so until he got to year 2. He's still a helluva LBers coach. Just not a DC.
Hurtt - Normally, I give a guy a year, before I start to take a coach to task. But he has been so abysmal that
it is warranted. The Seahawks can't move on fast enough.
So out of Bradly, Quinn, Richard, Norton, Hurtt.
The only 2 I've railed on is Norton & Hurtt. And since moved the blame to Pete, because it's been 5 seasons of this repeated failure on defense.
On offense out of Bates, Bevell, Cable, Schotty, Solari, Waldron, and Dickerson.
I've only railed, Bevell & Cable. And Pete at times for not keeping his hand out of the cookie jar. Butt-out and go fix your defense, Pete. Has pretty much been my stance on that.
Have I been misguided in wanting Bevell, Cable, Norton, and now Hurtt, gone? The only 4 assistants I've called for firing in all of these years. I don't think so.
Am I misguided in wanting Pete gone? Here's the thing. And how I logically arrive at that conclusion, that took years to arrive at mind you.
I don't actually want Pete gone in a perfect world. He'd just hire a real DC like a Fangio to run his defense, and Pete can be the figure head. But the rub is I don't believe Pete can do such a thing. It's his defense at the end of the day. Thus, unfortunately for him he has to go, too.
I want to see the Seahawks make playoff runs, maybe even a few more championships down the line. I don't care who the HC is. The Seahawks can't do this with Pete's defense anymore. No matter how good the QB plays, Pete's defense is always going to drag them down. The Seahawks would go get Quinn if they were smart.