Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week we ask questions of the most plugged-in Seattle Seahawks fans and fans across the country.
No snazzy graphics this week for Seahawks Reacts, so we’ll just have to make do with some exposition that relates the survey results from this week’s poll.
The Seahawks no longer control their playoff destiny after a 30-23 loss to the PIttsburgh Steelers that showcased one of the most pathetic displays of attempted tackling that I can remember. Unsurprisingly, fan confidence is low right now. Very low. As in 16%. Seahawks fans are not happy right now.
You know who’s receiving the brunt of that vitriol? The coaching staff.
Should the Seahawks fire defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt?
Yes - 94%
No - 6%
Seems like time is up for Hurtt. There was a stretch early in the season where it seemed like the defense was turning things around. They hounded the New York Giants to the tune of 11 sacks on ‘Monday Night Football’ and put up a good performance in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. For the most part, fans were more apt to blame the offense’s propensity for disappearing for whole quarters or halves of games more than the defense letting things slip away. Then, the wheels kind of fell off and they’ve been basically the worst defense in the entire NFL. The players seemingly love Hurtt but if we’re going strictly on results it’s hard to see how he’ll be around next year.
But what about the man at the top?
Would you fire Pete Carroll at the end of this season?
Yes - 59%
More than half of you think Pete Carroll has run his course in Seattle. Will Jody Allen feel the same? She committed to Pete and John Schneider over Russell Wilson two years ago. Any realistic Seahawks fan at that time would likely have said the team will struggle for a few years as they retooled to get back into contention. Since then, Seattle has a 17-16 record. Not great, but probably right around where the most optimistic fan would have had them. The fact that they outperformed expectations last season set the bar higher for this year than they were apparently ready for.
Personally, I think Pete will be around as the coach of the Seahawks for as long as he wants to be barring some catastrophic disaster where the bottom completely falls out and Seattle is in contention for the first overall pick. Maybe Pete decides he’s ready to move on? Only time will tell.
Last up was the question of whether or not Seattle will make the playoffs. As mentioned, they pissed away the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot with only a win and will need the Chicago Bears to beat the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field.
Will the Seahawks make the playoffs?
Yes, with win over AZ and GB loss to CHI - 9%
No, SEA will win but GB will beat CHI - 41%
No, SEA will lose to AZ and GB will win - 38%
No, SEA and GB will lose - 10%
Hey, at least 9% of you are staying positive! Honestly, I might be more confident in the Bears beating the Packers this week than the Seahawks taking care of the Cardinals. Chicago has been playing really well lately, especially on defense. They’ve won five of seven games with the only two losses coming at the hands of the playoff-bound Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns - with the Bears holding 4th Quarter leads in each of those contests. You never know what you’re going to get with the Packers and the fact that they’ve beaten the Bears 9 straight times has to be sticking in Chicago’s craw.
Like most Seahawks fans I will be hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. I don’t know which would be more crushing, to see the Seahawks do something that has eluded them all season in finally playing a complete game and trounce the Cardinals only to have the Packers beat the Bears or for the Green Bay to lose and open the door for Seattle yet they can’t hold up their end of the bargain once again.
Let’s put some positive vibes out there and try to enjoy what could be the last game of the 2023 season while also rooting for ‘Da Bears’ along the way.