Teaching the teachers

One of Pete Carroll’s mantras is “coach your coaches.”

He’s living that out this week.

During lengthy staff meetings each morning during the coaches’ first week back in the office, Carroll is leading discussions on the philosophies of the team, aiming to get his assistants on the same page when it comes to the foundational principles of the organization.

“My job is to help make you the best you can be,” Carroll told his assistants during this morning’s staff meeting. “Which in turn will help you make our players the best they can be.”

Carroll’s repertoire of philosophy talking points could fill a book — wait, that’s already been done. Armed with sayings such as “it’s all about the ball” and “everything counts,” Carroll insists that “all those one-liners are getting you to be the best you can be.”

But after nearly 90 minutes of discussion this morning, Carroll said enough with the talking. It’s time to put it into action.

“Live it,” Carroll challenged his staffers. “Be the philosophy.”

It all plays into the driving force in Carroll’s pursuit right now as he prepares to enter his first season with the Seahawks. He doesn’t hesitate in saying the team’s goal this season is to win the NFC West.

“How soon can we play really good football?” Carroll rhetorically asked his assistants. “That’s our challenge. Let’s see how far we can go and how far we can do it.”


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