Pete Carroll was an extremely successful college football coach at USC before becoming an extremely successful NFL head coach with the Seattle Seahawks. Despite proving himself in college, Carroll does not have a big head, at least not publicly.
Carroll’s Seahawks have played their last two games without star quarterback Russell Wilson, who is out following finger surgery. They lost both games, as well as the game where Wilson got hurt, and are now 2-5.
When asked after Monday night’s loss to the Saints how much the Seahawks miss Wilson, Carroll put it into perspective.
“I’ve been here a long time and if we didn’t have Russell I probably wouldn’t have been here a long time,” Carroll said.
He’s exactly right. Though Carroll is a great coach, success in the NFL begins and ends with how good your starting quarterback is. And Wilson is a Hall of Fame-level quarterback.
Carroll has coached the Seahawks since 2010 and went 7-9 in both seasons before Seattle drafted Wilson. They have won at least 10 games in every season since Wilson joined the team, except for in 2017, when they went 9-7.
Carroll is a great, defensive-minded coach, but he knows where his bread is buttered, and isn’t shy about saying so.
Marshawn Lynch brightened the Peyton and Eli Manning alternative broadcast for “Monday Night Football” with an appearance at the beginning of the Seahawks-Saints game. He also may have been sauced up before the appearance.
During Lynch’s guest spot, Eli recalled the tale of how Marshawn would take a shot and a half of Hennessy cognac before games. The former New York Giants quarterback then asked Lynch whether the former Seahawks running back partook in the ritual prior to the interview.
Lynch said (perhaps jokingly) that he had three shots: one for each of them.
Well, the shots could explain why Lynch always seems to bring the humor during TV appearances. He even got a little vulgar during an announcing assignment earlier this year.
If the Mannings really want to have fun with Lynch, they all need to go ride on a golf cart together.
Jameis Winston was heated with teammate Tre’Quan Smith after a failed third-down play in the fourth quarter on Monday night.
Winston’s New Orleans Saints were tied with the Seattle Seahawks at 10 early in the fourth quarter. The Saints had a 3rd-and-12 situation and sent four receivers out on a pass play. Winston’s pass was batted down, and the Saints ended up punting.
After the third down play, Winston ripped into Smith on the sideline. He seemed to be furious with Smith, possibly for not lining up in the correct spot.
Prior to the play, Winston seemed like he had to direct Smith where to go.
Saints reporter Jeff Duncan said that head coach Sean Payton was also upset with Smith.
Smith was playing his first game of the season since being activated from injured reserve. He definitely did not seem to be on the same page his his quarterback.
Winston confirmed as much after the game.
Peyton and Eli Manning returned on Monday night after taking a break from co-hosting their “Monday Night Football” alternative broadcast for ESPN. They had a pretty special guest list for the Week 7 game between the Saints and Seahawks in Seattle.
In addition to Marshawn Lynch to start the game, the Mannings welcomed in Tom Brady. And it didn’t take long for the jokes to flow.
Eli, whose New York Giants beat Brady’s New England Patriots in the super Bowl twice, zinged Brady. The zinger arose when Brady told Peyton how he enjoyed competing against the former Colts quarterback. Naturally, Eli slipped in how he enjoyed his games against Brady too.
“I enjoyed much more the ones I played against Peyton than Eli,” Brady said.
Eli came back with his zinger, saying, “I enjoyed all of our games, Tom.”
Yes, of course Eli enjoyed those games. Those were the best moments of his career.
As for Brady, Eli’s Giants are responsible for Tom’s biggest disappointment.
Photo: Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Lauri Markkanen smashed on Nikola Jokic on Monday, and then he did some celebrating.
Markkanen, who is in his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored the first points of his team’s game against Jokic’s Denver Nuggets.
Markkanen got a steal then went coast-to-coast and took off for a dunk attempt from a few feet in front of the free throw line. He dunked over Jokic, who was trying to draw a charge.
After dunking the ball, Markkanen stared down Jokic.
Look at the disrespect! That’s the reigning league MVP, and Markkanen showed no regard for him!
Jokic isn’t a big dunker, so maybe he’ll have to settle for recording a triple-double to get revenge.
Things have not gone well for the Jacksonville Jaguars so far this season, but Urban Meyer does not want to hear any excuses.
The first-year head coach made a clear statement on Monday about his expectations for the remainder of the season. He said the Jaguars’ play at this point cannot be chalked up to a new system or a rookie quarterback in Trevor Lawrence.
In short, Meyer doesn’t want to hear excuses. Considering the team is 1-5, it’s fair to read this as a criticism of their play so far. Meyer definitely isn’t grading on a curve.
Jaguars players seem to have found some other reasons to blame for their struggles this year. That won’t stop Meyer from maintaining some expectations that border on ridiculous. With upcoming games against the Bills and Colts, it won’t be easy.
It’s been a while since Jeff Fisher had the chance to coach at either the NFL or college level, but it sounds like USC might be giving him a look.
According to Brett McMurphy of Action Network, Fisher is “in the mix” for the USC job, along with a number of high-profile college head coaches.
Fisher, like fellow former NFL head coach Jack Del Rio, played college ball at USC. One of the two of them always seem to have their name connected to a head coach search at USC.
Fisher has no college experience aside from his current gig advising Eddie George at Tennessee State. That said, he’s been open to college jobs in the past, and it’s hard to see him passing on this one, assuming his candidacy is legitimate.
Fisher became somewhat infamous for his mediocrity toward the end of his NFL tenure. He is 173-165-1 in his NFL coaching career, and has not had a winning season at that level since 2008. One would figure the Trojans would want someone more dynamic and accomplished for the role if they can find that option, but there’s no doubt Fisher has ample experience.