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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

November 8, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Tale of the tape: Pete Carroll vs. Mike Holmgren

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seahawks lack finishing moves
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times

The Seahawks stand at 2-6 and trail the 49ers by five games in the NFC West standings, having also lost a head-to-head game against San Francisco.

That leaves a lot of games without much chance of postseason positioning, which means the focus is going to become more and more on coach Pete Carroll and whether this young team he has assembled is improving as he has repeatedly said it will.

For a matter of perspective, it's worth comparing Carroll's first season and a half to the last guy who was hired to improve this franchise: Mike Holmgren.

Now, a couple of things worth noting:
1) Holmgren took over a better team. The Seahawks went 16-16 in the last two seasons under Dennis Erickson before Holmgren was hired.
2) The situations at quarterback were markedly different. Holmgren inherited Jon Kitna and spent a third-round draft choice on Brock Huard. Carroll inherited a former Pro Bowler in Matt Hasselbeck, and traded away a third-round draft choice and second-round draft position to acquire Charlie Whitehurst.

Here's how the numbers break down:

Pete Carroll After 24 games Mike Holmgren
9-15 Regular-season record 11-13
18 Points 19.1
24.7 Points allowed 20.8
297.25 Average yards gained 289.5
363.3 Average yards allowed 353.3

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I miss Mike  Posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM by TWN. Jump to comment
Good Points D'On... Holmy definitely had more to work with... PC/JS are rebuilding from the ground up and it takes a coach with a good...  Posted on November 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM by Hawkzilla. Jump to comment
I have little doubt that PC and company will get the job done here. They have a good young team that continues to grow but need a first team QB. TJ...  Posted on November 8, 2011 at 8:34 AM by Red Corner. Jump to comment

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