The Seattle Seahawks defensive backfield, and team image, recently took a big hit. Walter Thurmond III was suspended four games after testing positive for marijuana and then it was announced that Brandon Browner was facing a 1-year suspension, also for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Head coach Pete Carroll has been known to take chances on players, and recently discussed the suspensions and his philosophy with Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times.
“Over the years, I’ve always found myself looking for guys that maybe other people don’t see something special in, and maybe we take a chance on a guy here or there that needs some extra consideration and care. And sometimes guys, they have issues, and things pop up.”[Seattle Times]
Questions throughout the media have been raised about the culture within the Seahawks locker room that has allowed several substance-related suspensions in recent seasons.
While the problem is not exclusive to Seattle, obviously, the recent suspensions have fueled speculation that something is awry. Carroll addressed the Seahawks culture in the Seattle Times report as well.
“No,” he said when asked if the Seahawks’ culture is problematic. “We’ll always look to do it better, but we’re on it. Because somebody slips, that doesn’t mean that we’re not on track. I think we’re on a tremendous track right now.”