Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he did not know it at the time, but after being fired by New England after three seasons, it forced the longtime head coach to re-invent himself, helping him change his approach as a coach and setting up a successful run at USC.
Now, Carroll’s back in the NFL with the Seahawks, hoping to show what he’s learned how to be successful at the highest level of football. He’ll get an opportunity to do that against his former team this weekend.
“Everything that is now the philosophy, the approach, the mentality, the language, everything, came out of that experience,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to put something in motion that I’m really, really proud of.”
In my story today, Carroll said he’ll lean on his experience dealing with Oregon’s fast-paced offense in college at USC when Seattle faces New England’s no-huddle offense on Sunday. “We know what it is,” Carroll said. “We know what they’re going to do, and how they’re going to do it when they speed it up. And we’ll see if we can match it, and if we can, then we’ll have a chance to play pretty good.
“The point is that we can’t let their tempo dictate our play.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com also focuses on the Seahawks keeping up with New England’s up-tempo offense.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks are working to improve the worst red zone offense in football.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks innovate defense is bucking an NFL trend. Brewer: “The Seahawks have built the league’s best defense with preposterous brilliance. They’re so unconventional that they’re ideal. Across the league, great defensive minds and teams with great defensive traditions are succumbing to the changing times and copying the cats who devise video-game offenses.
“Not Pete Carroll. Not the Seahawks. They’ve invested in a throwback strategy, updated it and made it their own.”
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com discusses Carroll’s tenure in New England. “The Patriots and Seahawks don’t play much, only twice in 20 years, Seattle winning in Foxboro 30-20 in 2004 and losing at home 24-21 in 2008, pre-Carroll. So it’s his first chance to make a statement on the field, which follows up a pretty good one Wednesday.
“Everything that came out of that experience (of being fired in Boston) changed me, and I have never been the same since,” Carroll said.
Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Golden Tate’s 13-yard touchdown against Carolina last week in this video link.
ESPN’s Mike Sando puts Marshawn Lynch on his MVP Watch list for the first time this season.
Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston writes that Deion Branch is looking forward to playing against his old team. “Hopefully we go out there and get the victory. That’s the most important feeling that I need to have, and that’s what I have,” Branch said Wednesday. “It’s always good to go back and see some of your old guys. But when we play at 4 o’clock, when the whistle blows, it’s time to play the game. All the other stuff goes out the window until after the game.”
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald focuses on the matchup between Lynch and New England linebacker Brandon Spikes. “I have the most respect for that guy,” Spikes said of Lynch. “He’s a hard-nosed running back like that. You don’t see that too much these days. Personally, I feel like he’s one of the best backs I’ve ever faced since being in the NFL. I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down Tom Brady’s touchdown pass to Wes Welker off play action last week against Denver.
Brian Burke, writing for the New York Times fifth down blog, gives Seattle a 49 percent win chance against New England.