Originally posted by Pillbusta:And yet he is 62 yo and has been an NFL coach much longer than Harbaugh. Carroll is now a champion but he did not tear the league up at his first stop like Harbaugh has. In 2011 Harbaugh reminded the entire NFL that defense and running the football still remains supreme. Midseason 2011 Carroll followed suit and took the ball away from Jackson and gave it to Lynch. SEA started playing in similar fashion as us. Prior to Harbaugh, the league consensus was that this is a passers league but Harbaugh and now SEA has changed that! Even PIT and BAL had drifted away from the formula. SF brought it back and it sickened me to see a division rival follow suit. It worked so congrats to Pete and his club
Um, no. Carroll's philosophy hasn't changed at all from USC. He began building a team based around a balanced offense with a strong running game and a fast, physical defense from day one, a full year before Harbaugh was hired. The Seahawks had already acquired Lynch, Thomas, Sherman, Wright, Browner, Chancellor, Thurmond, Maxwell, Smith, Okung, and Tate before Harbaugh ever coached his first pre-season game with the 49ers. Carroll never made any secret that his intention was to build a team that could run the ball and was more physical than its opponents on both sides of the football and it was based on this philosophy that he and John Schneider began rebuilding the roster. He also wrote a book in 2010 detailing his coaching philosophy called Win Forever and that's the template he has followed in coaching the Seahawks.
Carroll was nearly 60 when he was hired by the Seahawks, had been coaching for decades in the NFL and college and knew exactly how he wanted to build an NFL team if given another chance. He didn't need to be reminded of anything by Jim Harbaugh, much less that running the football and a strong defense was important for success. Harbaugh had more early success only because he took over a roster that already had most of its key pieces in place. Carroll and Schneider took over a team with an aging, undersized roster that was one of the worst in the league and blew it up and rebuilt it from scratch and still won a Super Bowl before Harbaugh was able to.
[ Edited by TXHawk on Apr 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM ]