Pete Carroll came out of controversy. He was known to be a scofflaw, that even while appealing other serious NCAA infractions, he hired Pete Rodriguez as a coach at USC in a blatant violation of the rules. During that time, he had trouble getting his stories straight and left under a serious, high-profile dark cloud.
So, he comes into Seattle, a team mired in mediocrity and suddenly they morph into a contender. Coaching wizardry? Some said it was the 'atmosphere' he developed in the organization, one that encouraged individuality, but perhaps too much leniency where the rules were concerned. Since 2010, the Ospreys (there is no such animal as a 'sea hawk') have led the league in PED suspensions, a statistic that should have eyebrows twitching everywhere. Amazing, really what winning and a noisy stadium can mask.
That's PED, as in Performance Enhancing Drugs, and where there is smoke, there is generally a fire and it is 'cheating'. The 'permissive' locker room seems to have contributed to the significant improved performance of the Ospreys in more ways than one. I am certain there are some quality men on that squad, starting with Russell Wilson. But there is also a noticeable lack of control and permissiveness, with loose cannons like Dick S'her'man shooting from the lip as if he were under the influence. The standup men on that squad must be conflicted in the extreme. The ultimate goal, the Super Bowl, is in reach. But I see the wheels coming loose, the center showing signs of letting go, just as the peak seems to be disappearing over the Western horizon with the sun. They limped into the playoffs on the back of a guy that's an impulse away from a felony and I am wondering if there is not a few seabirds waiting for some other shoe to drop.
I feel for Russell and the others cursed with integrity enough to withstand the temptations of the 'permissive' locker room. For them the relatively short career life of the NFL will not burden them in their futures, that, with or without a SB ring will depend on savvy wealth management. The others who cheated, will battle those pesky voices of conscience forever if they have one.
Carroll left USC in tatters, long suspensions that kept them with bowl games, national titles and top-tier recruits going to other institutions. Carroll plays things fast and loose, and this edgy character may have the Osprey heading seaward with no land in sight. There's a monster under this bed that does not give one damn about fair play and morals.
My old man used to say, "If it seems too good to be true, it likely isn't."