Although the team has yet to officially announce his hiring, Pete Carroll gave his first interview with Los Angeles Times reporter Gary Klein, explaining the reasons for his departure from USC to join the Seattle Seahawks.
Carroll will meet with his players today, and is expected to sign his deal with Seattle and be introduced to the media on Tuesday.
Here's an excerpt:
Carroll, an enthusiastic and tireless recruiter, sounded as if he was ready for a new challenge. He won one Bowl Championship Series title game, lost another and took his teams to five other BCS bowls.
Last week, he worked as a television analyst for the BCS title game between Alabama and Texas at the Rose Bowl.
"It's not the same," he said, comparing the atmosphere to the NFL playoffs. "It's a great spectacle, but the other thing is a whole different level."
Carroll sounded as though he could not wait to begin the next phase of his career with the Seahawks. The team has built a luxurious new practice facility on the shores of Lake Washington and has the sixth and 14th picks in the April draft.
ESPN's Mike Sando says that in order for Carroll to succeed in Seattle, the team needs to take a more balanced approach, letting the GM handled personnel matters and the coach handle the players.
Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com doesn't like the way the Seahawks handled departing head coach Jim Mora.
ESPN's Brock Huard believes Carroll is more than just a college coach. Huard: "Listen, I am not pulling the Seahawk Bandwagon with Big Lo and Mama Blue down 1st Ave. right now. I have reservations about Pete Carroll. But let’s also do our own due diligence and “audit.” I did, and there are many more questions that time will answer, but the idea that Carroll will fail because he’s just a college coach, I don’t agree."
The Seahawks are taking their hits nationally for appearing to pay lip service to the Rooney Rule. Roy Johnson of Yahoo Sports weighs in here.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated says Carroll does not have history on his side in his return to the NFL.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports believes Carroll will be a good fit in Seattle.