Originally posted by RichnSanRamon:
Carroll is a master at going 8-8, 7-9, 9-7, and fielding a very soft squad. He probably would have handled Alex Smith better than Nolan, but the result would not have made anyone happy.
As for how he handles talent, when Carroll was in NE he managed to almost destroy the career of Ted Bruschi.
There is really no reason to like Carroll as an NFL coach. College - yes. NFL? Proven softie.
Yeah, Carroll was pretty much playing with Parcells' previous talent (during his first year with NE), and could have possibly been the worst coach of the 'Kraft-era' if he had stuck around. -Heck, isn't Carroll on that NFL Network list of "college coaches that never cut it in the NFL"?
It's hard to really see where this is going, but the turnover rate for a successful college HC entering the NFL is rather high (Nick Saban, Patrino), and Carroll's 'cheerleader' attitude with 'sugarcoated dishonesty' will have his players carving him up by year 2.