The Seahawks won 9 games in the TWO years before Carroll arrived. It was easy to have zero commitment to anyone. They had a ton of high draft picks and no idea who'd be the QB. Russell Wilson won the job and that saved them a fortune for a very mediocre Flynn. They won 7 games each of the first two seasons under Carroll. But he collected young, cheap talent. They've made both good and bad decisions(paying a WR a fortune to watch from the sidelines?) and have had more money and higher draft picks than just about anyone to play with. Zero argument they've done a great job but let's not be childish and pretend it was all a level playing field where they just beasted the field. They won 23 games from 2008-2011. That's not quite the 3x5-11 years here but pretty close.