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Tim Weaver

Seahawks may need ‘change of philosophy’ to return to highest level

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have had a great run of sustained success since they took over their respective jobs back in 2010. They have been in the playoff race every season so far and made it all the way to the Super Bowl twice – and they have managed to stay competitive despite rebuilding the roster a couple of times during their tenure.

All that being said, everything comes to an end eventually – and it may be time for Seattle to consider a serious change. Here’s what former Seattle executive and Saints/Dolphins GM Randy Mueller had to say about the Seahawks when reviewing all of the current 6-6 teams for the Athletic.

“The Seahawks need impact players, which might require a change of philosophy. You have an older coach who probably does not want to take a deep rebuild dive, especially at quarterback, the most important position. But the Seahawks are going to need to go there to regain elite status… Seattle might have to take a step back to take two forward. I’m not sure 72-year-old Pete Carroll is up for that and the two years it might take to retool this roster to return to the highest level…”

Mueller also mentioned the misallocation of resources by giving big contracts to linebackers and safeties, which are not premium positions in the modern game. He also claimed the Arizona Cardinals are a year ahead of the Seahawks in the rebuilding process.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but what he’s saying makes a whole lot of sense – especially when you consider the history of Super Bowl winning coaches. The hard fact is that a head coach winning a ring, then going a long time without one and then winning it again just doesn’t happen in the NFL. There’s a strong chance that Carroll and Schneider have hit their ceiling and getting back to the top of the mountain will require a change in leadership.

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