Pete Carroll brushes off Seahawks skeptics


Seattle is typically predicted to have the poorest record in the NFL rather than to contend for a postseason place in the competitive NFC West. Coach of the Seahawks Pete Carroll, ever the optimist, disagrees with that viewpoint. Carroll told ESPN on Monday, “I don’t feel like that at all. I no longer work in that industry. With all the work we do and the atmosphere we are in, my job is to assist these guys in getting ready to play. Over the past 20 years, we have averaged 10 victories every year. Do you believe I might have any other thoughts? I don’t see why my expectations should alter in any way.” The main factor in the lack of confidence that Carroll’s team would keep stacking 10-win seasons was the offseason trade of Russell Wilson. There is little hope that the Seahawks presently have a quarterback on the roster that can lift all boats given that Geno Smith will start for them in Week 1. The third-worst victory total in the NFL belongs to the Seahawks.