Pete Carroll on making moves to overtake 49ers: “No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.”

Pete Carroll

The perception might be that the Seahawks are loading up this offseason for a one-season splash, or because they’ve decided what it will take to overtake the NFC Champion 49ers in NFC West.

But perception is not reality, coach Pete Carroll told ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando at the NFL owners meeting on Wednesday.

First, there’s Carroll’s reaction to the notion of figuring out what it would take to move past the 49ers.

“No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,” Carroll replied. “That’s what you think. We have to get better. The last thing we are going to do is evaluate how we are based on everybody else. To me, that is one of the worst mistakes you can make. The other factors – who won the league last year – I could care less. We can’t control that.”

Now, the thought that the Seahawks are giving up their future for the present because they traded three draft choices to acquire receiver/returner/runner Percy Harvin in a trade with the Vikings last week, when they also signed defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in free agency.

“The last thing I would want to convey is that we were trying to take our big shot right now,” Carroll said. “That’s not it. We tried to do it last year. We’re trying to do it this year.”

And, with Carroll at the controls, the Seahawks will try to do it every year.


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