He’s young at heart. He’s fun-loving. He’s competitive. He’s Pete Carroll. At 62 years of age, Carroll is surviving in the tough world that is the National Football League. He had some previous stints in the NFL, none of which were particularly too impressive. However, the Seattle Seahawks gave him a chance and he has not squandered the opportunity.
In just his fourth year as the head coach of the Seahawks, Carroll is turning the Seahawks upside down. This season, the Seahawks are possible Super Bowl contenders. Coaches like Pete Carroll don’t come around often.
It is because of him that the Seahawks boasted a 13-3 record in the regular season. It is because of him that the Seahawks were the only NFL team this season to hold opponents under 300 yards. Sure, the players contributed to that success, but it all starts with coaching.
Just a few years ago, the Seahawks’ anemic offense and torrid defense were the laughing stock of the NFL.
Take 2008 and 2009 for example. In those two years combined, the Seahawks won nine games and lost 23. You don’t need to be an experienced mathematician to understand how pitiful that record is.
Before the Seahawks signed Carroll to an attractive deal worth $33 million in 2010, the San Francisco native was busy winning national championships at the University of Southern California. Compiling an 83-19 record in nine years at USC, Carroll won two national championships. Of course it helped to have superstar players like Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush leading the way, but what Carroll did at USC speaks volumes about his coaching persona.
Carroll gave players a chance to compete and show what they could do on the field. This mentality transferred over to the NFL, when Carroll grabbed a hold of the Seahawks’ reins. He continued to give players the chance to showcase their talents. Players like Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson, who weren’t top-tier prospects in 2011, were given the chance to compete. All they needed was one chance. Neither of them have wasted this opportunity to play professional football.
Carroll started out with very little and steered the Seahawks’ organization in the right direction in just four years. This Seahawks team is full of talented, unselfish players who know what it takes to win. For the Seahawks, the only fitting way to end their season would be for Carroll to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He deserves it.