The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New Orleans Saints Monday night 34-7. The only thing more evident than Seattle being the hardest place to play is that Pete Carroll is the best players coach in the NFL.
I want to play football for Carroll. I’ve never played football and I’m pretty sure I would die the first time I handled the ball, it wouldn’t matter. Even if I got smoked I would look at coach Carroll and say. “I did good, right coach?” That’s the type of coach Carroll is. He’s the type of coach that is going to be successful with this generation of players.
Carroll has always been known as more of a player’s coach and the polar opposite of Bill Belichick. Carroll is animated on the sidelines. He gives high-fives, he gives praise, and he celebrates as if he is the player that made the play. The first step in leadership is to find guys that want to play or work for you. How could you not want to work for a guy like Carroll? The Seahawks’ secondary is a great example of the motivation that Carroll provides. The secondary is made up of mostly later draft picks that should have faded out of the league after their first or second season, but Carroll has turned them into a walking swagger commercial. That was never more evident than against the Saints. They played with urgency, confidence, and energy. They are a little undisciplined at times, but that’s fine; they are fun to watch regardless.
The Seahawks are legit. They are talented and they execute. Most importantly they have a coach that believes in them. When you have that combination the sky is the limit. This team is going to do big things in the next few years.