Seahawks hired Pete Carroll to lure Jeremy Bates?

Published on February 19, 2011 by     

Seattle Seahawks hired Pete Carroll so they could pursue Jeremy Bates?

Sometimes, you come across reports that make you drop your jaw in disbelief, shocked to learn something new. Sometimes, you scratch your head and wonder if that could possibly be. And other times, you can’t do anything than shake your head because what you read is utterly ridiculous.

All that’s left to do is call, “Shenanigans!” because it’s crazy talk.

That is the case with an item published at the Los Angeles Daily News:

“A person within the Seattle Seahawks organization insists the team hired Pete Carroll last year because they initially wanted Jeremy Bates. It’s hard to believe they wanted Bates. Or hired Carroll to get Bates.”

– Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News

A couple disclaimers. Scott Wolf is a very hard-working reporter, very diligent. He’s well regarded, and in the post itself, he says that information is hard to believe.

But the idea that Pete Carroll was not only hired to be the head coach — paid more than $30 million over five years, but made a vice president and given a voice in hiring the general manager, in order to hire Bates is simply not valid.

For one thing, Bates was on the job market just one year earlier. If Seattle was so enraptured with him, wouldn’t there have been a push then? Second, Bates had never been a full-fledged offensive coordinator in the NFL before.

Third, if Bates was the goal, why was it initially a question that Bates would wind up in Seattle? The Bears made a push for him, too.

But most importantly, who was so smitten with Bates that they were willing to hire Carroll to get him? Paul Allen? Not likely. Allen didn’t know all that much about Jim Mora when Mora was designated as the successor to Mike Holmgren. He deferred to the judgment of his football officials, which in that case was largely Tim Ruskell.

Now, two years later, Allen is so enraptured by a young coaching talent like Bates — and Bates is considered a young coaching talent, almost a prodigy — that he’s willing to make Carroll one of the highest-paid coaches in the league just to get him?

And not only that, but one year later, whoever was so smitten with Bates, is willing to step aside as Bates is fired within two days of the final playoff loss?

No, sorry. That scenario is simply not believable. Allen has never micro-managed things like strategy under his football coach.

Carroll has said Bates’ firing had nothing to do with football strategy or offensive performance. It was more a matter of the approach to coaching, the willingness to follow Carroll’s program.

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