fingers at coaches
A few losses by a team never fails to effect the scornful jeers of fair-weather fans, armchair quarterbacks and self-anointed coaches blessed with hindsight, including sportswriters at The Seattle Times.
Now the target is Washington coach Chris Petersen, who is on the hot seat over a single play call in a single game. The fact that he came to town with a college coaching record of 92-12 seems quickly forgotten. He apparently was expected to wave a magic wand and immediately transform the Huskies into champions.
There’s also a cloud of “what have you done for us lately?” forming recently over the head of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Washington State coach Mike Leach also has taken his lumps this season.
There’s altogether too much scapegoat-seeking and finger-pointing these days, be it sports or politics.
— Tom Camfield, Port Townsend
UW coach must
be slow learner
Coach Chris Petersen, who says he reviewed the decision not to kneel down 105 times and came up with the same decision, must be a slow learner. He’s not holding himself or his staff to the same level of excellence expected of his players.
— Ken Behling, Lynnwood
had charts, too
Two points should be made regarding Chris Petersen’s end-of-game management against Arizona. First, kneel-down protocol is steeped in the code of sportsmanship. Being tantamount to stage one of a victory celebration, it is most tactfully withheld until the clock says you need do nothing else to clinch victory. Second, coach Don James would freely volunteer his liberal use of charts. After every touchdown, for instance, he had a chart that drove whether he went for a one- or two-point conversion. And, yes, you might just say James was OKC — “Our Kinda Coach”.
— Lew Witham, Seattle
K.C.’s loss to
So the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks go to Kansas and run into the streaking Red Menace, who humble the champs. What power will be needed to stop the Chiefs?
The Raiders? What does that tell you about the Seahawks.
— Dick Virant, Bothell
Time for NFL
to cut Leavy
Even the casual fan could have seen the pass interference against Doug Baldwin on a fourth-and-goal pass from the 2-yard line. So why is referee Bill Leavy still allowed to officiate NFL games? His mistakes in Super Bowl XL may have cost Seattle the game and now the same is true for the Seahawks loss to Kansas City.
If an NFL wider receiver can’t run routs and catch the ball, or if a kicker can’t hit PAT’s or field goals, they are let go. It’s time for the league to seriously consider cutting Mr. Leavy. He obviously is in over his head.
— Brian Wallace, Juneau, Alaska
Low grade for
Why doesn’t Bob Condotta doesn’t include the coaching staff as one of the categories graded after each Seahawks
game? Some of the offensive play selections deserve scrutiny.
On the Hawks’ first series, they responded to third-and-short with a failed pass attempt. Late in the game, on fourth down, the Hawks needed two feet. Everyone knew Marshawn Lynch was getting the ball, so why not run him off the strong-side tackle, with an additional lead blocker? Finally, the fouth-down, end-zone fade route to Baldwin. Come on! You’re telling me that’s the best option?
— David Arntuffus, Shoreline
with his play
Ninety percent of Seahawks fans, and most fans across the country, have the utmost respect for the way Marshawn Lynch plays football. None of these fans care one bit about whether or not he talks to the media.
Not to be cliché, but everybody would agree that his actions speak louder than his words. Don’t believe me? Just watch the game. On every down, no matter if it’s first or fourth, this man runs with every once of heart, will and strength.
— Joshua Chessin-Yudin, Seattle
ahead in state?
It looks like Mark Few has assembled one of his best Gonzaga teams. Washington looks like it finally have the size and guard play to make a return to the NCAA men’s tournament. I firmly believe that Seattle U will be drastically improved, as well as Eastern Washington. And who knows? Maybe Ernie Kent can breathe some life into a downtrodden Washington State program.
It sure is a wonderful time to be a college basketball fan in the state of Washington.
— Jeff Swanson, Seattle
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