Kyle Shanahan is no slouch, but Pete Carroll is a better coach than some of you realize.
There’s no denying that Kyle Shanahan is the owner of one of football’s most brilliant offensive minds. Pete Carroll isn’t often one of the first names we bring up when we discuss some of the NFL’s top head coaches, but he’s a Super Bowl winner, one that should be a two-time winner (that’s a story for another day). He also owns a .500 record in the postseason (11-11).
During the regular season, Carroll has shown proficiency in getting the most out of his players. That’s all that you can ask for, right? In the process, he has constructed a 161–112–1 win-loss record which, for your quick math studies, translates to just under a 59% winning percentage (.589), and some of his best work came last season.
Following a messy divorce from long-time franchise signal-caller Russell Wilson, the Hawks faced DangerRuss and the Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. They won that one en route to a 17-16 victory, an eventual 9-8 record, and a Wild Card Round appearance.
We dismiss the consistent success. We can’t stand the way he chews gum on the sidelines, but he’s one of the best to do it at the professional and collegiate levels. Much has been made about the fact that Philly has yet to beat Andy Reid as an opposing head coach. Guess what? They haven’t beaten Pete Carroll either.
He turns 72 years young on September 15th, but he keeps evolving and keeps finding ways to relate to the young guys on his roster. He enters the coming campaign with one of the most talented teams he has had in a while.