BROCK AND SALK

Cowherd: Seahawks’ Pete Carroll was ‘tone-deaf’ but has ‘pivoted’

Aug 3, 2023, 8:36 AM | Updated: 10:30 am

Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll Darrell Taylor...

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talks to Darrell Taylor before a 2022 game against the 49ers. (Photo by Christopher Mast/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christopher Mast/Getty Images)

Head coach Pete Carroll led the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs for the 10th time in 13 years last season after the Hawks went 9-8 and clinched a wild card berth.

For a few years, FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd had criticized Carroll, and he sided with former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, believing Carroll was holding Seattle back.

Colin Cowherd: Will Seattle Seahawks make the playoffs in 2023?

Has that viewpoint changed since the Seahawks thrived while Wilson and his Denver Broncos failed in his first year away from Seattle? Cowherd discussed his thoughts on Carroll while visiting Seattle Sports’ Brock and Salk on Wednesday.

“First of all, I’m not anti-Pete. He’s a Hall of Famer. He’s in the Jimmy Johnson mold – great personnel guy, college rock star, NFL rock star,” Cowherd said. “He may not have the Cowboys prestige or gravitas, but Pete’s a Hall of Famer to me. He’s one of the 10 best football coaches in the last 25 years. I’m not anti-Pete.”

So where did the criticism in the past come from?

“I did think, like we’re seeing with (Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike) Tomlin (where he) can’t get the O-line right, (Buffalo Bills head coach) Sean McDermott can’t get the O-line right, (New England Patriots head coach Bill) Belichick hires a DC as OC,” Cowherd said. “I thought Pete was a little tone deaf, a little run-centric with Russell in the last two or three years. I wasn’t anti-Pete. I thought he was tone deaf.”

Cowherd wasn’t alone in that kind of criticism of Carroll, with many believing he was far too conservative with Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense rather than going with a “Let Russ Cook” style of airing the ball out more. Carroll has always preached “balance” on offense, and it’s no secret he likes his teams to run the football.

Carroll comes from a defensive coaching background as a longtime defensive play caller as well as a secondary coach. That’s hardly the direction the current iteration of the NFL is going.

“You’ve seen a pivot by the league to offensive coaches. It’s virtually impossible if you have a good quarterback and an offensive coach who’s competent – (Cincinnati head coach) Zac Taylor – it’s hard not to win a lot of games,” Cowherd said. “So I thought Pete culturally was a tad tone deaf, but his energy, his brainpower, his experience, his ability. I mean, (former Seahawks tight end and current FOX Sports NFL analyst) Greg Olsen told me of all the coaches he’s had all through his life, Pete was the most organized, detailed, best meetings, best energy he’s ever seen. So I’m not anti-Pete.”

What has impressed Cowherd is that Carroll has clearly adapted his offensive style for the better.

“I think Pete has pivoted, which I give him and (Alabama head coach) Nick Saban and a lot of these defensive guys (credit for). As the world’s pivoted around them in football, they have smartly pivoted,” he said.

Listen to the full interview with Cowherd at this link or in the audio player earlier in this story.

Rost’s Seattle Seahawks Takeaways: RB health, position battle, more

Brock and Salk podcast

Brock and Salk

Seattle Seahawks OL Christian Haynes...

Zac Hereth

Will Christian Haynes impact Seahawks’ interior OL?

Third-round draft pick Christian Haynes is No. 21 on Brock and Salk's annual “Most Intriguing Seattle Seahawks.”

22 hours ago

...

Seattle Sports Video

Video: Top 25 Most Intriguing Seattle Seahawks (#21): OL Christian Haynes

The Brock & Salk Show on Seattle Sports 710 AM continues their annual Top 25 Most Intriguing Seahawks list heading into the 2024 season. Coming in at #21 on the countdown, rookie third-round offensive lineman Christian Haynes from UCONN. For more Seahawks coverage from SeattleSports.com, visit: https://sports.mynorthwest.com/category/seahawks/ Listen to The Brock & Salk Show weekdays […]

2 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Tre Brown Cincinnati Bengals 2023...

Cameron Van Til

Why it’s a make-or-break year for Seahawks CB Tre Brown

Brock and Salk discuss Seattle Seahawks fourth-year cornerback Tre Brown and why it's such a pivotal year for the former fourth-round pick.

2 days ago

Seattle Mariners trade targets...

Zac Hereth

Mariners Trade Targets: The Blue Jays – besides Vlad and Bo – to watch

Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman on who the Seattle Mariners' potential trade partner could be willing to sell.

3 days ago

...

Seattle Sports Video

Video: Top 25 Most Intriguing Seattle Seahawks (#22): CB Tre Brown

The Brock & Salk Show on Seattle Sports 710 AM continues their annual Top 25 Most Intriguing Seahawks list heading into the 2024 season. Coming in at #22 on the countdown, a player with a lot to prove before heading into free agency after the season: Fourth-year cornerback Tre Brown. For more Seahawks coverage from […]

3 days ago

Seattle Mariners Bryce Miller Minnesota Twins 2024...

Cameron Van Til

2 Takes: Are Mariners’ starting pitchers untouchable in trades?

Brock and Salk debate whether they would trade one of the Seattle Mariners' back-end starting pitchers to help acquire a big-time bat.

3 days ago

Cowherd: Seahawks’ Pete Carroll was ‘tone-deaf’ but has ‘pivoted’