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Richard Sherman ‘very surprised’ by Seahawks’ decision to move on from Pete Carroll

Richard Sherman took to his podcast to share some thoughts about the decision to move on from Pete Carroll.

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Richard Sherman took to the air on his podcast to share his thoughts and perspective on the breaking news about the Seattle Seahawks decision to move on from Pete Carroll at head coach. While there was once a perceived acrimony between the long-tenured coach of the Hawks and the members of the once fearsome ‘Legion of Boom,’ that doesn’t seem to be the case with Sherm. As we have seen in recent years, the two men have a mutual level of respect, and whatever ill-will that followed their divorce is water under the bridge. Sherman had some thoughtful and insightful takes on not only what Carroll has meant to this franchise, but also how surprising the move is from a timing perspective and what the future of the team may look like.

*All quotes transcribed directly from the podcast by me, you can listen/watch it in its entirety online.

It’s been a long time, he’s been there 14 years... winningest coach in Seahawks history, obviously it’s a decision that seems like it was made by ownership to move in a different direction...

He went on to detail how surprised he was by the decision; despite the recent struggles of the team, Carroll still holds a high level of respect among current and former players. While there was a period of time where this seemed less likely, Sherm went on to detail how special of a coach Pete really is.

I’m very surprised by this decision; again, another winning season, they didn’t make the playoffs so I think that was the expectations there was disappointment there, but they’ve been consistent, they’ve been consistently a winning team, they’ve been consistently in these ball games, I think they took some really tough losses at the end of last season, but I did not see this coming... I did not see them letting Pete go. He’s one of the only coaches in the history of football in general to win a National Championship in college and win a Super Bowl... I think he’s the greatest Seahawks coach of all time, that’s not to be debated at this point...

In addition to all of this, he mentioned the impact that the team’s draft strategy has had on their success, and how their ability to identify guys like Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf has been instrumental in their growth as a team. Sherman went on to say that he doesn’t think they will “go internal” with the next head coach. Instead, he sees it as an opportunity for the team to change directions — for better or worse. Ultimately, he stated that is was clearly an eventuality that needed to be faced, but that the timing was the biggest surprise. Regardless, Sherman closed by mentioning how much we can really expect to change by next season:

My goodness, offensive philosophy is going to change, defensive philosophy is going to change, personnel is likely to change... they have some foundational pieces...

there’s a ton of pieces that they got a really talented team but there’s going to be decisions for new staff to make and I hope John Schneider and those guys are ready to make.