Overcoming the noise

Pete Carroll has coached his fair share of games in the Louisiana Superdome.

When he was the defensive coordinator for the 49ers, Carroll would visit the Superdome each season to play the divisional rival Saints, along with coaching during several other games there when he was at other stops during his 16 years in the NFL prior to this season.

But none is more memorable than one playoff game in January 1988.

Following the 1987 season, the Vikings, with Carroll as the defensive backs coach, visited the Superdome for a wild card round matchup against the Saints. Minnesota overcame the challenging road environment and went on to win, 44-10, but Carroll still remembers — and hears — one aspect of that game.

“I’ve never heard a stadium louder than that day,” Carroll said this week as the Seahawks prepare to play at the Superdome on Sunday. “That place was deafening.”

With that past experience, Carroll is preparing his current team accordingly this week. The coach is placing an emphasis on overcoming the din-related game complications in practices, calling for utmost communication by the quarterback and using piped-in crowd noise in the indoor practice facility to ready the players for Sunday.

“We’ve got to have our communication issues worked out,” Carroll said.

The Louisiana Superdome, site of Sunday’s Seahawks-Saints game, is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, and Carroll said a 1988 playoff game he coached there was the loudest stadium he’s ever been in. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

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