Posted on: January 11, 2010 8:51 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2010 8:59 pm
Due not only to the phenomenal success he's enjoyed with the USC Trojans, as well as the experience he gained in prior stints as the head coach in New England and New York, one could make the argument that Pete Carroll is as well qualified as any coach the Seattle Seahawks might hope to hire this off-season.
After all, he offers (along with two national championship rings) unique motivational skills, a sharp football mind, experience in high pressure games and established connections to some of the best coaches at all levels of the game. Carroll is nice. He's fun. He's the kind of guy you'd like to hang out with for a few hours and maybe play 18.
Most teams would be lucky to have him.
However, much the same could be said about the recently fired Jim Mora, Jr.
If Mora Jr. deserved to be fired (a very debatable topic in its own right), the Seahawks would have been wise to consider replacing him with a different style of coach, one with a stricter, more disciplinarian style of going about his business.
Marty Schottenheimer, John Fox, or Arizona offensive line coach Russ Grimm might not have been the sexy pick that would result in fans renewing their seats immediately, but they'd bring back an element of toughness that this team is missing. (If a multi-million dollar, big splash hire was required, Bill Cowher would have been a fine choice, as well.)
But I digress...
I believe Pete Carroll can be successful as an NFL coach. Coaching is coaching. I don't buy that his techniques -- whether in motivation, personnel or scheme -- will cease to work just because his NFL players are older and richer.
After watching Seattle unceremoniously dump a very similar man after only one season on the job, I do question, however, if Carroll (and those hiring him) truly recognize what is missing with this franchise.
(The commentary above was first posted as part of a discussion in "The League" a conversational blog community as part of the Washington Post .)