Pete Carroll an NFL Failure? Not so Fast!

August 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Even before taking the head coaching job for the Seattle Seahawks, at a time when his name was being discussed, certain doubters referred to Pete Carroll as an NFL “failure.”
This criticism had a familiar twist.  The flip side of this contention surfaced after Carroll’s coaching stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots respectively.
When USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett appeared interested in Carroll, doubters predicted that the former Heisman Trophy winner would soon be gone based on a three strikes rule.
Garrett had earlier selected John Robinson for a second tour of duty at Troy that proved less than successful as he dropped five games in a row to crosstown-rival UCLA.
After that things got even worse.  There was Paul Hackett, who had earlier failed as a head coach at Pittsburgh University.
In his final of three seasons at USC in 2000, Hackett accomplished something that Trojan watchers deemed beyond the realm of p...

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