Marco Benatoff

Carroll's Seahawks Are A Wild Bunch

Created on Jun. 04, 2013 9:29 PM EST

With less than 100 days to go before the season kicks off against the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks are still struggling with off-the-field troubles.

Seattle guard John Moffitt’s embarrassing run-in with the law is just the latest mishap reminding us that this is a young team in dire need of some rigorous control. Earlier in May, backup quarterback Josh Portis was released after a DUI arrest for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 60-mph zone and testing over Washington's alcohol limit. Marquee back Marshawn Lynch is still in the midst of a court case for a DUI he got almost a year ago. These come after the big scandal regarding the use of performance-enhancing drugs centered around stud defensive backs Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.

The Seahawks are the team with the most suspended players for violations to the NFL’s policies on PEDs since 2011. Under the leadership of Pete Carroll, six players have been suspended for using banned substances, although Sherman’s suspension was overturned on appeal.

“This is a challenge,” Carroll told the News Tribune. “It’s a challenge for us, and it’s a challenge for the league. The league is doing everything they can to help guys make it through these young careers that they have. And we are, too.”

The roster's average age is 24.8 and, while Carroll has previously coached young athletes, his very loose approach seems to be hurting the team. The former USC coach can lecture all he wants, but the players should acknowledge that a problem exists and should hold themselves accountable for the mistakes they make. Who better than Michael Robinson to address the issue? Just last week the veteran fullback called a team meeting in which players discussed PED use.

“It’s kind of some of the problems you get when you have a really young team, but that’s no excuse,” Robinson told the News Tribune. “It’s hard to win games in this league. We need all 53 available. We can’t lose key pieces and expect to go the places we want to go.”

The effects these suspensions will have on the course of the season are still unknown. 

All the turmoil around the team’s behavior can either hurt the team or bring them even closer together. Expectations are high in the Emerald City and some have even leap-frogged Seattle over San Francisco in the NFC West, but first Carroll has to take control in the locker room and demand some discipline from his team, on and off the field. 

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