Seahawk Sailor wrote:Merged these posts. There are some really great quotes from Carroll because Carroll has an awesome philosophy. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised at all the hate we see directed toward him. It's really unwarranted.
Pete is seen on the east coast as a feel good hippie who failed in the NFL for being too nice. Not enough Bill Cowher in him. He is hated in the South East because he was the one argument against the SEC. He is hated in the midwest because he is just too damn happy. He is hated in college towns out west because of his college recruiting advantage and the beatings he put on PAC 10 teams, and even Seahawk players joke with the ex-Trojans on the team about how much money they were making as SC. Breaking bread, yo.
Yes, the hate is unwarranted. But isn't most hate?
Agree 100% (especially the last line). I love seeing coach defy the angry/frowning/yelling old-school hard-ass stereotype. His success transcends the sport primarily because of his ability to merge competition AND positivity. It's beautiful to see it in action, to see the professional players respond to it, and to hear Pete articulate it.
One of Pete's earliest coaching epiphanies was as a young assistant in college, when his instinct to get player's input in order to maximize practice time was angrily thwarted by his head coach. Pete held a "powerful" meeting with the players, really listened to them, and created a bond as well as a better practice.
"I had discovered the power of communicating with and listening to those you hope to know. If I was going to do something special and help players find their potential, I was going to have to build relationships and follow my instinct." (Disc 1, track 5 of the audio book)
Some old-schoolers find this 'touchy feely' but overlook the point that in any position of authority, be it teacher, parent, manager, foreman, or coach, what your charges/children/subordinates respond to most is how 'true to yourself' you are. Whether that's a Belichick-type stoicism, A Gruden-type snarl, or a Carroll-type positivity, it works to the degree that it is genuine. Pete's approach is the real deal and makes for excellent team-building, IMO.