Pete Carroll on Jeremy Bates' firing: 'Really is a philosophical issue.'
Posted by Danny O'Neil
RENTON -- Coach Pete Carroll answered questions for 40 minutes on Wednesday, and the most pressing question was the firing of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.
"Just really is a philosophical issue," Carroll said. "We needed to move in a different direction. So we took that into account. He did a tremendous job for us in so many ways, and I've been together with him for a couple years. He's a tremendous football coach, but we just had to move on."
Q: You mentioned philosophy. Is that strategically with regard to football, the approach?
Carroll: "There's a lot that goes into that word 'philosophy.' That covers a lot of stuff. I'm just going to leave it at that. I think that's the best way to say it. We saw things differently, and as we're going to move ahead, I had some thoughts on how I wanted it to go, and I think this was the best thing at this time to do."
Q: How much did the performance, the way that the offense played, weigh into that?
Carroll: "Really, not very much at all. It had nothing to do with it."
Q: You worked with him for a year at USC. Did something change from then?
Carroll: "I just think in time, I'm just going to say it this way, this is the best way to say it: I wasn't able to get us really going in the same direction the way I wanted to. And I didn't feel like I would be able to do that so I had to go ahead and make a change."
Q: Can you describe the change the offense and how you want to approach it, philosophically?
Carroll: "That's really not the issue. I'm not changing the philosophy at all. I'm right on the philosophy, right with the commitment that we had from the beginning, and I think what I want to bring it to life moreso. I want to make sure that we're able to do all of the things that we believe are important. The balance we want to create, the attitude about the running game, the toughness that it brings to our whole football team. The approach and all, a lot of those things had nothing to do with the coach. It just had to do with me getting the job done, and being able to facilitate that to come to life. I didn't get it done. These are the things I had to do. This is one of the things that I had to do to get us back on track.
"Really, I'll go back, we lost a tremendous force when we lost Alex Gibbs. When he decided to retire, and he had to go, in my mind he is a huge aspect of what we are trying to create. We wish him the best and all. He just couldn't do it for us. I think I put us back on track, which is so important to our entire program, our entire football program, that attitude that we want to project is really going to be enhanced by Tom coming in here, and I'm really thrilled about being able to give our team and the club I think this boost that we need at this time."
So that brings up a specific question about a disconnect between Gibbs and Bates.
Q: Did Bates' relationship with Gibbs have something to do with Gibbs' departure?
Carroll: "Alex, he was ready to stop coaching. He tried. He had talked about earlier, it was going to be hard for him to keep the energy that it really takes and do it with all the due respect he has always brought to the game. He was just at the end. And that was all. He's very straight-forward about it. He didn't fool us or anything. He was very clear. He gave it everything he got, and then it was just that time for him.
"It had nothing to do with anybody else."
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