Multiple sources are reporting today that Pete Carroll could become the next coach of the Seattle Seahawks. While this brings up immediate pressing questions like if Carroll will fare better in the NFL than during his previous stint, how many coaching changes would be triggered in the resulting domino effect, etc., I want to talk about more important topics.
What would Carroll-to-the-Seahawks mean for the NFL and Twitter?
Carroll and his USC program have seemingly mastered the social media universe through Facebook , his Twitter account , and a flashy football website (USCRipsIt.com). A tech-savvy coach like Carroll could make a big splash in the NFL (if any of the league's other coaches use Twitter, they're not nearly as well-known), and the potential Seahawks hire would instantly challenge Chad Ochocinco for most influential (and fun-to-follow) tweeter on the NFL landscape.
Think about it! "Carroll to Seattle" opens up all kinds of potential tweets...
1. Carroll could continue his Song of The Day trend. Of course, in Seattle, expect the most popular tune to be "Singing in the Rain" or the yet-to-be-written "Wow, You Can See Our Neon Green Jerseys From Space".
2. Carroll could motivate and correspond with players on the popular microblogging site. Just like Carroll and former protege Mark Sanchez exchanged tweets over the past year, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (a Twitter user himself) could get some pointers from his new coach. Expect to see these kind of tweets flying soon: "Hey Matt, it's Coach. If you want to keep your starting job, let's not be getting blown out by crappy teams like Tampa Bay at home anymore. Win forever, okay?"
3. Carroll could motivate Seattle fans to create an even noisier, louder home-field advantage in Qwest Field. Mark my words, it won't be long before Carroll's tweeting all 60,000 Seahawks supporters (a la Drew Carey) with free ticket giveaways, free ponchos (even more appreciated in Seattle), Space Needle tickets, and who knows what else.
No doubt about it, hiring Pete Carroll would be a great move for the Seattle Seahawks. Twitter...and the NFL...would never be the same again.
Hey, it may even help the Seahawks win football games.
As if that really matters.