Pete Carroll was among the NFC coaches available to the media today at the NFL Meetings in Orlando.
He spoke about a number of different topics. Here’s a sampling of some of what he said:
— Carroll is quoted in this USA Today story talking about the challenge of repeating as Super Bowl champs:
“It’s really hard to get there and it’s really hard to maintain it,” Carroll said. “The challenge of sustaining is greater. It’s been demonstrated that teams can get there but for the most part, they can’t stay there. There’s all these natural things that happen to a team. There is attrition and expectations all those things that have to deal with that success that make it very difficult. So there are really, really great expectations to get that challenge on and demonstrate how to do that.”
Interesting stuff as you can see Carroll already laying out publicly the challenge for the 2014 Seahawks, both on the field and off of it as they try to manage the salary cap in a way to keep as much of the team together as possible.
— Here’s more from Monday Morning Quarterback on Carroll’s master plan to repeat saying he wants the team to enjoy the benefits of winning the Super Bowl while also preparing for the challenge ahead:
“We set a direction on having the greatest offseason of our lives, individually,” Carroll says. “That doesn’t mean you cant go out and have fun and live the life. You can work out and still be on the Tonight Show. The most important thing that will happen is if we can recapture the work ethic that made us what we are. Nothing else really matters.
“If a guy’s not having the best offseason of his life, he’s going to get beat out, I think. That’s kind of the way we roll.”
— Here’s some video from CBSSports.com touching on the same topic.
— Here’s Carroll talking about the Patriots’ signing of Brandon Browner, saying that the emergence of Byron Maxwell and the salary cap played roles in Seattle’s decision to let Browner go.
— Here’s Carroll saying that the Seahawks are not interested in signing Mark Sanchez:
“We’re trying to keep this team together,” Carroll said. “You look at every opportunity, but I think Mark would be better served [with another team]. I’d rather have Mark in a situation where he could have a better chance to start. I wouldn’t want to put Mark in that situation [in Seattle]. Even if he could help us, I’d rather have Mark go somewhere else.”
— Carroll with an interesting thought on his team’s philosophy here:
“We didn’t believe defense is dead in the NFL, but you have to coach it the right way, get the right players and not be trapped into the glamour of offense.”