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.