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The Patriots have won in double figures for 12 consecutive years and qualified for the playoffs in 12 of Bill Belichick’s 15 years as coach.
Marshawn Lynch’s refusal to talk to the media has created a no-win situation where the player, media and league all look foolish. That’s why I’m willing to quit hounding him.
After getting fired, Carroll reflected and re-evaluated and honed his methods, figuring out what worked best and what needed to be refined. In a word — and this is Carroll’s word — he re-invented himself.
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is the most inscrutable of all Seahawks, and as Super Bowl XLIX approaches, his positive energy is almost blinding.
The two Super Bowl coaches are a study in contrasts. The Patriots’ Bill Belichick is dour and stone-faced, while Pete Carroll is all smiles and enthusiasm. Those qualities were on display at media day, but the two coaches have more in common than you think.
The Seahawks quarterback’s responses to reporters’ questions will be robotic, relentless and, yes, sincere.
The Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary has movie nights, cookouts and group trips to Lake Chelan to bring them closer together. Earlier this season, a speech by Kam Chancellor brought home that “all for one” message to a team losing its way.
Whether Patriots did or did not intentionally deflate footballs, they are guilty because of past transgressions and could use it as motivation against Seahawks, who are disinterested in controversy.
The Seahawks’ victory over the Packers has all the elements of another Seattle sports classic 20 years ago — the Mariners’ 1995 11-inning ALDS victory over the Yankees marked by Edgar Martinez’s double. Which was better? Why choose?
The struggles and tribulations merely acted to elevate the Russell Wilson legend to another level. They were the prelude to another round of heroics that helped put the Seahawks back in the Super Bowl, and Wilson higher up in the quarterback hierarchy.
The Seahawks have overcome more and are on a better roll than they were a year ago. Don’t mention this to Pete Carroll, but only two big games stand between them exceeding their 2013 success.