Peter Clay Carroll didn’t always have the success that is associated with him today. Carroll had two unsuccessful stints in the NFL as a head coach with the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. When the Patriots fired Carroll in 1999, he did not get another coaching job until 2001, when he became the head coach of the University of Southern California. During his time at USC, Carroll won six BCS bowl games, which included the 2005 BCS National Championship victory over Oklahoma.
Becoming just the third coach in history to win both a National Championship and a Super Bowl, Carroll has gone beyond where people thought he would only a little over 10 years ago. The Seattle Seahawks’ players have bought into what Carroll is selling and they enjoy playing under him. After the Super Bowl win, Doug Baldwin said, “When you enjoy [football], you’ll put more into it.” That is the environment that Carroll has installed in Seattle.
Legacy is something that everyone talks about when determining how someone will be remembered. After just four years in Seattle, Carroll has won 43 games in the regular and post-seasons, finishing this season with one of the most lopsided games in Super Bowl history after beating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. The Seahawks were the first team in Super Bowl history to not commit a turnover.
In just over 10 years, Carroll’s perception and legacy have changed immensely. Carroll has the respect of his locker room and now of the entire NFL. It is crazy how your life can change so drastically in just a matter of a few years.