Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made his weekly appearance with Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil on 710 ESPN radio this morning, and in the wake of Steve Sarkisian‘s comment Monday that “maybe” he should have been running the no-huddle offense with Carroll at USC years ago, Carroll was asked about the Huskies’ new up-tempo attack.
“First off, what I was watching was the other team (Boise State) and how they dealt with it defensively,” Carroll said of UW’s 38-6 victory Saturday. “The fact that both teams were in full-speed tempo, racehorse tempo was fun to watch. I thought the color announcers, they don’t get much opportunity now (to talk). …
“But what I noticed was the defenses weren’t affected by it, so as much as it seems like it’s revolutionary and all crazy and ‘Oh boy, what’s going to happen?’ — as long as the defenses can hang, there’s no problem. Boise practices against it every day. Washington practices against it every day, and you can tell. They were both prepared to handle it, and it really didn’t affect the game at all, I didn’t think. Other than to watch it. The action is more nonstop — it’s more like soccer or rugby where the game keeps moving, and I thought it was a thrill. And I can understand what it must’ve been like at the stadium and the crowd going crazy and all of that.
“In contrast, you watch other teams that play in more traditional mode, the game feels way different. So it’s fun. I think it’s a cool. The shotgun thing is obviously taken hold; it’s legit.”
Note: I’ll add a link to the 710 podcast when it becomes available.