Culture of Hoops

Lost NFL Conversations: Seattle Seahawks

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Every year my buddy Ben and I talk football when the Super Bowl is long since over. We talk about the schedule ahead, the free-agent market, the draft, and all things that revolve around our teams.

One item we always kid with one another about is the amazingly ridiculous things that must be said inside the front offices, in meetings between coaches, GMs, and owners. We often take haphazard guesses at such conversations. Here is one such guess for the Seattle Seahawks.

Note: Any and all of the below conversation is fictional. Any correlation between this conversation and real life events is circumstantial and hilarious.

Paul Allen (PA) – Pete! We were so close! So very, very close!

Pete Carroll (PC) – I know, Paul. Russell Wilson is showing a lot of leadership, stepping up and saying that it was his fault.

PA – Even though it was your fault!

PC – With all due respect sir it wasn’t a great play call, but it’s a team game. There are more than 50 players a side, 60 minutes of ball, and we had other opportunities to do more to win that game. To say it all came down to one play is shortsighted.

PA – Hmmmm, sounds like something that someone would say if it was their fault.

PC – Fine, it was my fault! Now can we talk about Russell’s contract?

PA – So you admit it was your fault! We all knew it, Pete. Glad to hear you admit it. Even if I did have to drag it out of you. As far as Wilson goes, yeah, I’m not sure I want to commit so much of our cap space to a quarterback that makes such a bad read when the Super Bowl is on the line.

PC – I thought you just said it was my fault.

PA – Look, the guy didn’t have a great stat line, has never had good stat lines. He doesn’t win games, our defense does. I’d rather not be forced to move or let some of those defensive players go to accommodate Tom Brady money when we have Russell Wilson.

PC – You’re not making bad points, Paul, but I believe Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Locking him up for six years for under $20 million a year would be a steal. It will put our defense under pressure, but Wilson is so young, he can still grow and mature into an even better player. Plus think of what the rate would have been had we actually won the Super Bowl?

PA – Good call, Pete. That might be the first good call you’ve made all year.

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