This year, Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks will be squaring off against John Fox’s Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. While much of the focus is on the players, which coach deserves to win this year’s Super Bowl?
Fox is a coach that has certainly done his time. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at San Diego State and got his first NFL job in 1989 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He began his head coaching career in 2002 with the Carolina Panthers and moved to Denver in 2011 after spending nine seasons in Carolina.
Fox has been to the Super Bowl twice, and twice has his squad come up short. He was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when they got thrashed in Super Bowl XXXV 34-7 at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. Three years later, his Panthers were defeated by the New England Patriots on a last-second field goal.
As a person, the man known as “Foxy” is a good guy. He’s the son of a former U.S. Navy SEAL and is active in the community; he and his wife help also put on an annual event that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His legacy is that of class and dignity.
Carroll’s road to this Super Bowl is filled with dips into the college ranks and scandal. He began his coaching career in 1973 as a graduate assistant with Pacific before becoming the defensive coordinator at North Carolina. In 1984, he made the jump to the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and eventually became the Patriots’ head coach.
In 2001, he jumped back down to the college ranks to become the head coach at USC. Carroll took that program to the top of the college football world — his Trojans won six BCS bowls, including the 2005 BCS National Championship. However, Carroll’s run at Southern California didn’t end well.
Carroll left USC for Seattle in January of 2010. In June of 2010, NCAA trials were held and it was determined that he had committed numerous NCAA violations while at USC. Since he left the program earlier that year, he felt virtually no effects from the sanctions that devastated the program. It was an ugly ending to a glorious era of USC football.
Personally, I find it hard to root for a coach that ruined a program and then jetted before the walls came down. He knew what he did and he left while the going was still good. He left the Trojans high and dry and they still haven’t recovered from it. While Fox has a history worthy of respect, Carroll’s legacy is that of lies and scandal.
Unlike Carroll, Fox has gone about his business the right way — he’s worked his way through the coaching ranks and has done things by the book with respect and dignity. It’s time for “Foxy” to win his first career Super Bowl.