Carroll's comments show fit is everything

January, 19, 2011
1/19/11
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The Seattle Seahawks hired their head coach, Pete Carroll, before they hired their general manager, John Schneider.

Carroll even participated in the GM hiring process.

The Seahawks wanted the fit between coach and GM to be right after encountering problems in that area previously. Carroll outranks the GM on the organizational flow chart, but the hierarchy isn't what the Seahawks want to define the relationship. In their view, it was merely how the Seahawks needed to structure things as they sought to land Carroll.

So far, so good.

Seattle appears to be taking a similar approach to replacing offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who was fired Tuesday. As coach Pete Carroll told reporters during his ongoing news conference, newly hired assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable will be involved in "every aspect" of the decision to hire a coordinator.

Coordinators generally outrank line coaches, but not in this case. The "assistant head coach" title reveals as much.

Carroll identified Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as a candidate to succeed Bates. Bevell was previously identified only as a candidate to coach quarterbacks.

Carroll pointed to philosophical differences with Bates as the reason for their divorce. Carroll hinted at run-pass ratios and coaching style as issues, but he did not say so explicitly. He was more general than specific, but reading between the lines was simple.

Carroll said expects Cable to help restore the run-pass balance the team failed to achieve this season. We should expect the Seahawks to become more of a running team, with Cable's attitude and style branding the offense. Carroll identified this as a mindset that permeates the team, not just a matter of running the ball more frequently.

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