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Morning links: A third chance for Carroll

Vic Carucci of the NFL Network catches up with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, saying the former USC Trojans head coach is receiving a rare third opportunity to redeem himself in the NFL.


You're lucky to get a second chance. You're usually dreaming to expect a third.

Pete Carroll is a special case. Although he wasn't a particularly successful head coach for the New York Jets or New England Patriots, he did enough at the helm of the University of Southern California (two national championships and seven Pac-10 crowns in nine seasons) to earn a return engagement with the NFL.

It could have come earlier than last January, when the Seattle Seahawks lured him back to the league with a five-year contract worth a reported $33 million. It almost definitely would have come later. All of those lofty accomplishments at one of the country's premier college programs made Carroll a permanent fixture on just about everyone's list of top head-coaching candidates.

Yet collegiate success only explains part of what could very well allow Carroll to do for the Seahawks what he did for the Trojans … and what he failed to do for the Jets or Patriots.

Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke says Carroll’s arrogance and the bold way he ran USC’s program ultimately brought the severe NCAA penalties on the Trojans.

Clare Farnsworth of outlines Seahawks’ offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ approach.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports take a closer look at Carroll’s role in the penalties USC received from the NCAA.

Darren Rovell of NBC Sports Biz blog says Golden Tate might be in line for an endorsement with Top Pot Doughnuts.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports says the check down pass has become an effective weapon in the NFL with the proliferation of three and four receiver sets in early downs.