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Thursday Round-Up: Respecting A Legacy: NFL Coaches Reflect On Pete Carroll's NFL Career

In the week following the Seahawks decision to transition Pete Carroll to an advisor position, a handful of NFL coaches reflected on the impact left by Seattle’s former leader.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, January 18— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Coaches around the league reflect on the legacy and impact of Coach Pete Carroll during his time with the Seahawks.

Last week, Legend Pete Caroll joined the Brock and Salk Show to reflect on his 14-year tenure as Seahawks’ coachafter being moved to an advisor role within the organization. As the football world adapts to a new day coming for Seattle, coaches around the league reflected on the impact Carroll leaves behind as a coach.

San Francisco assistant head coach and running backs Coach Anthony Lynn spent two of six seasons as player with the 49ers (1995-1996) - the two seasons Carroll spent with the team as defensive coordinator. On the latest episode of The Adam Schefter Podcast, Lynn reflects on the bond built with his former-coach-turned-peer over three decades.

"Pete was here when I played here with the 49ers," said Lynn. "He was our defensive coordinator, so I got to know Pete very well. And we were friends, we're still friends to this day. But his energy, his passion and excitement for the game - it's untouchable. He's 72-years-old, and I just told him when I just saw him 'You look 60.' I don't know what the hell he's eating or drinking, but he's taking care of himself. The thing I remember the most about Pete was training camp. My room was by Pete's room in training camp, and I'm a player. And I'd have to go over to his room at midnight, knock on his door and say, 'Coach, can you turn the music down.' He would be blaring that music, man. And if he wasn't listening to music, he was playing the guitar or something. It was always something with Pete, he just had a lot of energy. But the guys play so hard for him, because that passion, that energy. You saw it play out on the football field. To this day, when I think of turnovers. As an offensive coach, you're always thinking about ways to protect the football. And I can't help but to think about Pete Carroll, because I would say Tony Dungy and Pete Carroll are the two coaches that really sparked that turnover - takeaway/giveaway ratio. They started preaching that, they started practicing that, and now everybody is doing it. That's how you win and lose in this league - turning over the ball and keeping the ball. So, I give Pete a lot of credit for that."

Lynn continued by reflecting on Carroll's advice in-terms of getting a second-chance as head coach after spending 2017-2020 as the leader of the Los Angeles Chargers.

"I've talked to Pete every now and then," said Lynn. "And we've talked about this. It took me about a year to be removed from being a head coach before I could start seeing the things that I could've done differently. One of the things I wanted to do right away was change that culture. I thought we did that right away when I got there. We won that first year, we tied for the best record in the AFC. Second-year, we lost to Coach (Bill) Belichick in the second round of the playoffs. Then, we had two losing seasons, we kind of fell off. I just did not sustain it. I just feel like, No.1 - I feel like there was a technology and paradigm shift taking place in the NFL that I did not see. Analytics, and information with player loads and things like that. I did not use that. I did not have an analytics department. I did not have a game management department in LA. If I was a head coach today, I would demand all of those things. Because, I think you have to have those to win. Those are competitive advantages. I missed the boat on that. I remember in a press conference, someone was asking me about it. I said 'I use my experience, I use my gut'. And I think from that moment on, I was labeled as a throwback coach, when I'm really an analytical guy. I want all the information in front of me that I can to make the right decision. I underestimated that grossly."

"What a great coach," said McVay. "What an amazing leader of people, the consistency at which he's operated with. I got tremendous respect for him, especially going against him in the division for the last seven years. I think a lot of the values and principles he has in terms of the energy, the competitiveness, the way that he pours into his players where you're uplifting. I think what great coaches do is make people they're around and situations they're a part of better. And Pete Carroll is one of those guys that comes to mind when I mention that."

"It's really mixed emotions, I would say," said McDaniel. "I'm more kind of just kind of taken aback by that in conjunction with coach Saban and Pete Carroll (also leaving this week). They have as much responsibility to what the game is right now as anybody that's around. I have so much respect and regard for being able to do what they've done for that amount of time. I can't say enough positive words about coach Belichick and I lump coach Carroll and Nick Saban in there because it feels the same way. It's a reminder to me that you know — I'm just going to be candid — that Father Time's a (jerk), you know? Really, not a nice guy. But it's real and it reminds you that everything is finite."

For over 50 years, Carroll has exuded an uncanny passion for the game, from climbing the collegiate ranks to leaving his mark in the pros. Not only does the 72-year-old leave behind a grand legacy as a coach in the Pacific Northwest - but as a mentor and blueprint for current and future coaches.

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