Posts Tagged ‘Pete Carroll’

Interesting Note on Pete Carroll

February 13, 2010

by Tommy Lawlor

We’re all curious to see if Pete Carroll can be a successful NFL coach.  He was great at USC, but pro football is a whole different world.  Pete was an NFL coach in the 90s, but we don’t know what he’ll do post-USC.  Pete did some real crazy stuff with the Trojans and the kids ate it up.  Every day was an adventure.  The NFL is business.  There was an interesting blurb in a NY Times article about this:

N.F.L. scouts would return from visits and marvel at the movie stars and rappers on the sideline for practice. According to one former college and N.F.L. coach, who did not want to be named because he has no close connection to Carroll, one problem some Southern California players have when they go to the N.F.L. is adjusting to the humdrum N.F.L. week.

“The N.F.L. is very exciting on Sundays,” the coach said. “But during the week there’s not much jazz. U.S.C. players had to get used to it. They’d go to practice and say, ‘Where is everybody?’ They had to get used to practicing without the cheering.”

Pete understands the two worlds are very different, but I can’t imagine he’ll be able to completely change.  After all, Pete was a quirky coach in his first couple of NFL stints.  He raised that to a whole new level at USC.  No way all that stuff goes back in the closet, so to speak.

I can’t decide if I want Pete to succeed or fail.  Part of me wants Johnny College to fall flat on his face.  The other part of me would like to see part of the corporate culture of the NFL lighten up a bit.  I know one thing…I’ll certainly pay more attention to the Seahawks this year.


Coming Back

January 15, 2010

I got away from this blog during December.  I’ll be here all offseason.

Pete Carroll is now the coach of the Seattle Seahawks.  He was up and down as coach of the Jets and Patriots back in the 90s.  Is he more ready for the NFL this time around?  Can he be successful?  I have my doubts.

Pete had a 27-21 record with the Patriots from 1997-99.  He was the guy who took over the team when the Big Tuna went to the Jets.  You may recall that New England had gone to the SB in 1996.  Carroll inherited Drew Bledsoe, Terry Glenn, Curtis Martin, Ben Coates, Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Ted Johnson, etc.  Winning games with that group was hardly a major challenge.

Going to the Seahawks right now is a whole other ball game.  The team has some quality players, but also has some major holes.  Pete has uncertainty at QB, LT, WR, RB, DE, S, and CB.  There are players at each spot, but not sure things.

At USC Pete was able to do 2 key things:  recruit and motivate.  Those skills don’t necessarily translate all that well to pro football.  Pete’s energy and enthusiasm can work, but Seattle just had Jim Mora as coach.  Mora is a younger guy with a lot of emotion.  He’s very similar to Carroll in style.

I do think Pete is a better coach now than he was in his first time in the NFL.  Pete has a successful track record and that will help players to buy his ideas and methods.  He had a great staff at USC (Norm Chow, Steve Sarkisian, Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron, Nick Holt, Ken Norton, etc.).  I’m not sure if any of these guys will be with him in Seattle.

Part of Carroll’s magic at USC was his rah-rah style that rubbed off on players.  Pete believed in competition and hard work, but also kept things as fun as possible.  He played pranks during practice.  He would have celebrities show up and participate.  Kids love that stuff.  I’m not so sure about NFL guys.

In the end I think Pete will have limited success in the NFL and he’ll go back to college football.  He won’t completely fail.  He’s too good a coach to fall flat on his face.  I hate the fact he left college.  Pete was a great college coach.  Not good.  Not very good.  Great.  He could have been legendary if he was able to sustain that success another decade.  Why pass on that for the NFL?  Terrell Owens can probably think of 35 million reasons.