Pete Carroll and The Seahawks
Super Bowl, 2015 February 1, 2015
Finally, the game is on. A classic matchup between the NFL standard bearers of excellence, the New England Patriots, and the challengers, the Seattle Seahawks.
Will the Seahawks retain the magic they discovered with 4 minutes to go against Green Bay? Will their Win Forever, relentless pursuit of a competitive edge, free-wheeling culture prevail? Or will the Bilichick and Brady decade plus championship-level-dynasty capture their fourth Lombardi Trophy?
My allegiance is with the Seahawks. I’m rooting for a great contest, going down to the wire with a spirit-force driven Seahawk victory at the end.
Some personal history:
I visited the Seahawks the weekend of the first Phoenix game, November, 23. Sitting at 6 and 4 after another last minute loss at Kansas City, they were trying to figure out how to recover their 2014 mojo. Phoenix was 9 and 1 leading the West division by 3 over arch rival 49ers and Seahawks.
The timing of my visit was perfect. Pete Carroll had just met with his 12 most influential players to discuss the difference between the 2013 season, when they won all those close ones, and now. What ever transpired during their discussion transferred from that elite group into the locker room. We know the rest of the story. The Seahawks won 8 in a row most recently the improbable but probable victory over Green Bay, which coaches and occulists are studying world-wide.
During the same weekend, The Univesrsity of the Pacific Men’s basketball team played University of Washington. Monday, the team and coaches were invited to Seahawk Headquarters. Read here about that visit and the Pete Carroll Coaching Philosophy the seeds of which were sown in the early days of Pete’s time at Pacific.
Read more here on the Seahawk way with a Wall Street journal article about Michael Gervais, Seahawk performance consultant.
Glen and Michael at the Phoenix game
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