Originally posted by TXHawk:
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.
Lets be honest. Carroll cheated his way into the NFL. Ever heard of Reggie Bush?
He did build a solid team at USC, part of that was done against the rules but hey? Why worry if a desperate team like seattle is willing to look past that and throw you an nfl contract? no big deal
Harbaugh took over a team that was 6-10. Key pieces didn't start performing until after Harbs.
I get you Hawk fans started watching football and you don't know what has happened up until now...
But please stop falling into that stereotype, its hard to call you a fan base when such mindless posting happens