For Pete’s sake

Before Steve Smith became a 107-catch, 1,220-yard receiver for the New York Giants this season, he played for Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California.

Monday, Smith was asked during a TV interview in South Florida how Carroll’s act will play now that he’s coaching the Seahawks.

“I think it’s going to work well,” said Smith, a second-round draft choice by the Giants in 2007. “He’s a players’ coach. He has a lot of energy. He’s fun to play for. So I think guys are going to just get up and get really amped up and have a lot of energy when they play for him.”

Carroll, of course, is not in South Florida for this week’s Super Bowl activities leading up to Sunday’s game between the Colts and Saints. Instead, the Seahawks’ first-year coach had the first meeting of his new staff this afternoon at the team’s headquarters.

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