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The Seattle Seahawks just won a Super Bowl with a 5'11" quarterback at the helm and a no-name wide receiving corps. There were many reasons for that success, but much of it had to do with fantastic coaching from the main man, Pete Carroll.
It's not merely X's and O's that had the team winning it all last February, however.
Carroll has his team at the bleeding edge of how a team is run. As ESPN.com's Alyssa Roenigk detailed, the Seahawks are a different breed of NFL team. From meditation to forswearing swearing and advanced metrics to GPS tracking, Carroll has his team humming in the future.
Seattle is also unconventional in the way it deals with personnel, which is obvious to an observer of recent Seahawks draft hauls. The players and coaches have noticed, per Larry Stone of The Seattle Times:
“Coach Carroll, he’s unorthodox in his approach,’’ (Seattle defensive end) Red Bryant said. “He actually looks for guys that other people might not think are very good, or might not fit their idea of a particular defense. He uses it to his benefit.
“If you look throughout our roster, we have countless guys, including myself, he took a chance on and it paid off for him.”
Quinn, who is now the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, said that the mindset for open-mindedness in personnel trickles down from the top.
“They train us as coaches in terms of a style and an attitude of how we want to do things,’’ he said. “Pete’s always challenging us to find ways to challenge the players to do something better or different. It’s no different when it comes from them towards us.”
This is the kind of holistic innovation that breeds success, something the Seahawks weren't used to before Carroll arrived.