Jayson Jenks tries to answer that question in this fascinating story in our Wednesday paper.
The Seahawks have become one of the NFL’s best teams for a lot reasons, but many of them begin with little moments like that: Go talk to the scouts so they know what you’re looking for.
That starts with Carroll and Schneider, the men tasked in 2010 with turning the Seahawks around.
“Each of those guys wants to give the other credit,” Nordstrom says. “That never happens. Everybody’s scared about their job. Trust me, they are. That’s their No. 1 thing: self-preservation. Not with those two.”
The byproduct is flexibility. Scouts and personnel people don’t have to operate within rigid parameters, and the coaching staff is pliable enough to adapt their scheme.
Whereas many teams are looking for a square peg to begin with, the Seahawks are willing to make the hole once they get the peg.
The rest is worth the read.
In other news. …
— Also in our paper today is this from Jerry Brewer on Pete Carroll having the chance to write the final chapter of his reinvention story;
— The Saints say they are motivated by their loss in Seattle last month;
— And here’s our notebook, including an item on how Seattle may adjust without K.J. Wright, who helped shut down Jimmy Graham in the Dec. 2 game;
— Seahawk-inspired drinks available here;
— You won’t find a cheap ticket at the CLink Saturday;
— Seahawks.com wraps up the day’s events;
— NFL.com says the Saints must adjust this time;
— ESPN.com says the Saints are happy for a second chance;
— All of NOLA.com’s Saints coverage can be found here;
— SI.com says Seahawks-Broncos would be the second-best Super Bowl matchup;
— Former Seahawk Mike Tice is apparently headed to be the new offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons;
— USA Today writes both teams have learned from past matchups;
— Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis says he will play Saturday after being injured against the Eagles;
— Good stuff here from ESPN.com breaking down the Saints offense against the Eagles;
— Denver and Seattle atop Elliot Harrison’s power ratings;
— Philly.com with lots of notes and numbers on the game;
— PreGame.com also has lots of betting-related numbers and stats;
— The LA Times writes about Seattle’s defense;
— If the Seahawks decide they need another tight end next year, this might be the guy;
— Finally, here is the forecast for Saturday:
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) January 8, 2014