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After pulling off the biggest upset of the NFL postseason in 2010, the Seattle Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll hope to build off that season in 2011. Carroll was excited by making it to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs but feels his team can do better. “It has always been our goal to play in an NFC Championship game. We fell one game shy of that goal last season and I knew we had to make the right draft picks and bring in the right staff and players to make that possible.” In pursuing the Halas Trophy, the Seahawks have made some major additions this offseason.
The Seahawks started by bringing in offensive guru Darrell Bevell who spent the last five years under Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings and parting ways with Pro-Bowl quarterback Matt Hasslebeck. While in Minneapolis, Bevell saw the Vikings win the NFC North twice and come within an interception of playing in Super Bowl XLIV. In going to Seattle, Darrell Bevell brought two of his own offensive players, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and the All-Pro young deep threat Sidney Rice. In recent days, cornerback Frank Walker has followed his Vikings teammates to the Pacific Northwest and the Seahawks are currently in talks with the hard-hitting veteran linebacker, Ben Leber, also from the Minnesota Vikings.
Head coach Pete Carroll has long admired the Minnesota Vikings franchise. He served as the defensive backs coach for Minnesota from 1985 – 1989 and even interviewed for the head coaching position in 1992 before losing out to Dennis Green. “It was great being part of a franchise like the Vikings fresh off the departure of Bud [Grant].” Carroll said, ” He’s a Hall of Fame coach who led the Vikings to four Super Bowl appearances. He was a great mentor to me in teaching me the importance of coming close to winning a championship. I took that same philosophy to USC and brought it with me here. In LA, we came close consistently and when we did win, we were fortunate the NCAA took that title away.”
When asked about the what Darrell Bevell brings to the Seahawks, Carroll remarked that, “Darrell has a great offense and knows better than anyone how to get a team in the NFC Championship. A few years ago, Mike [Holmgren] was able to lead this team to a Super Bowl loss and we need to get back to that tradition here in Seattle. Mike had a simple formula: bring in your old back-up for Brett Favre and fill the roster with capable wide receivers. That’s the value of Darrell bringing in guys like Tarvaris and Sidney. I really believe Tarvaris is a guy we can throw under center week 1 and he can help us almost win right now. Both guys are going to help us to to come close to winning a championship.”
Carroll went on to explain, “We aren’t Pittsburgh, Green Bay, or New England, but we’re definitely not a Cleveland, Detroit, or Houston either. Seattle is a city that needs to have hope and see their team almost win but we know we can never truly compete. For the last fifty years, nobody has walked that line better than the Minnesota Vikings.” He went on to say, “Bud Grant taught me the value of almost winning and Mike brought that tradition here. I think we’ve put ourselves in a position to appear in the NFC Championship game.”
Carroll has received a lot of attention for having a DJ on the field during practices and the locker room TVs show the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective at least once a day. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said, “There is just a lot we can learn from Ray Finkle and his ‘Kick heard ’round the World.”
Wide receiver Mike Williams was excited about the prospect of Sidney Rice being a part of the team saying, “Sidney is a guy who has been there and almost won. To get a guy like that, like Randy Moss and Cris Carter, who has come so close …. he’s going to help us get back to 2005 form.” When asked about other free agent additions, Williams said, “It was great to get Leroy Hill back on board because he gives us a leader who has been on the cusp of winning a championship and now to see Coach Tom [Cable] bring guys in like [Robert] Gallery and [Zach] Miller who have not had a chance to be a playoff team. They are going to be hungry to make it to the NFC Championship game.”
Since that Super Bowl berth, the Seattle Seahawks have lost grasp of a division they once dominated as the Arizona Cardinals took the division and even made it all the way to the Super Bowl a few years back. The Rams have their quarterback of the future in Sam Bradford and new coach Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco promises to shake things up for the 49ers. Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell feels that the Seahawks are primed to repeat in the NFC West this season.
“It was a great feeling to play that game in New Orleans two years ago, and I only hope we can host a championship here. I know Tarvaris and he’s been working in the offseason and the two years of mentoring from Brett Favre is only going to help. Sidney has proven to be a guy that can almost win and should we ever set our expectations too high, I know that I can count on him to surprise us all with an unexpected surgery and bring us back down to Earth.”
Carroll also mentioned that while talks remain ongoing with the Viking’s Ben Leber they have also reached out to Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Bryant McKinnie, and even inquired about a possible trade for Bernard Berrian. There is a lot of hope in Seattle these days with players feeling that they could play in the NFC Championship game this year and find themselves back in 2005 form so they can play in a Super Bowl. Bevell even noted that the Seahawks had reached out to Andre Reed and Cris Carter in the last week just to see if they would like one last chance to almost win a Super Bowl and solidify their Hall of Fame bids by being on a Super Bowl runner-up.
“Just to get to go to Indianapolis or New Orleans and be on the field while Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, or Peyton Manning win another ring,” said quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, “that would be the experience of a lifetime.”
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