Seattle Seahawks: Is Pete Carroll the Best Head Coach in the NFL?
In the common law of negligence, there is a term called res ipsa loquitur. It is Latin and it means, “the thing itself speaks.” In other words, the evidence is clear. The Seahawks, under Carroll’s leadership, have rapidly risen to the top tier of the NFC.
Carroll took the helm of the Seahawks in 2010. He totally rebuilt a roster that seemed to be going nowhere. In his first season, Carroll led his team to the NFC West championship — becoming the first 7–9 team in NFL history to win a division title. Carroll and the Seahawks made a gnarly splash in the Wildcard Round. Seattle upset the reigning super bowl champions New Orleans Saints.
2012 is Carroll’s third year in Seattle. He and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, led the team to an 11-5 record. They were undefeated at home. The Seahawks went on to win their Wildcard Round playoff game against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins 24-14.
Seattle then faced the Atlanta Falcons. Carroll calmly helped his rookie QB lead Seattle to three fourth quarter touchdowns. However, Atlanta’s kicker Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard game-winning field goal with eight seconds left.
Carroll is a high-energy football genius. His ability to motivate his players and genuine care for them makes him a great head coach. Couple that with his winning record in 2012 (.688 W/L), and coaching resume, provides more than enough evidence to prove Carroll could very well be the best head coach in the NFL right now.