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Seattle Seahawks: Will Pete Carroll's Legacy Best Mike Holmgren's?

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Micah ChenAnalyst IIIFebruary 24, 2012

I recently wrote an article comparing Marshawn Lynch, an up-and-coming bona fide NFL superstar, and Shaun Alexander, a former Seattle sports icon.

With Shaun Alexander passing the torch in a way to Marshawn Lynch, I thought about the torch being passed from Holmgren to Carroll.

Oh sure, there were a couple head coaching changes before Carroll came to town, but they were extremely forgettable reigns.

Carroll's larger-than-life personality has made a good first impression on the Seattle sports community.  His playoff win against the Saints in 2011 was a Seattle sports moment that will go down in history.

Very few coaches have the power to go out and get any player they want, as well as get rid of any player that he thinks doesn't fit the system.

The Hawks live and die with Carroll's decision making.

Carroll has earned the trust of the Seahawks organization; if he wasn't given decision-making power, he probably wouldn't have left USC in the first place.  It's become clear that the Seahawks intend for Carroll to be the head coach for the long run.

In that time, could he possibly become a more popular head coach than Mike Holmgren?  That may sound ridiculous considering that Holmgren led the the team to its first Super Bowl.

I am a fan of Mike Holmgren and hope he is doing well as the president of the Browns, but I am willing to admit when a new figure has become bigger than a former icon. A lot of people have trouble with that.


But I'm not talking about that happening just overnight, I'm talking seven or eight years down the line when the Carroll dynasty finally comes to an end.

Of course it seems ridiculous to say any coach's job is safe for the next seven years, but if anybody has the faith of an organization, it's Pete Carroll.

If Carroll can win one Super Bowl, it will be enough to tip the scale in his favor. And at this rate, you would be almost disappointed if the Hawks didn't make a Super Bowl run in the next seven years or so.

That, mixed with his energetic personality, his risk-taking game plans and his status as a fan-favorite, will all make for an even bigger legacy than Mike Holmgren.

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