Over the past nine years at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Pete Carroll has proven that he has an eye for talent. For starters, he took a chance on Marshawn Lynch when the Seahawks traded for him in 2010.
After being traded, Lynch ran for 573 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns for the Seahawks. However, he would earn the nickname ‘Beast Mode’ on one play with 3:37 left in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card game in 2011.
Lynch broke off a long run for a touchdown, ripping through the New Orleans Saints defense while leaving defenders on the ground in his tracks. Seattle would upset the defending Super Bowl champs 41-36.
Lynch, during an NFL Film segment, shared what he was thinking at the time of that infamous play.
“What the h*** just happened? Did this really just happen?” said Lynch.
Colts defensive end Robert Mathis dubbed it the greatest run he had ever seen.
“That is the greatest run I have ever seen. That’s the greatest run, I put that number one against any run,” said Mathis.
Four years later, Lynch would help lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl in team history, as the defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Marshawn Lynch Visits Seahawks Practice Facility VMAC
On Wednesday, according to Heavy.com’s Jonathan Adams, Lynch paid a visit to the Seahawks practice. Unfortunately, the legendary running back is not attempting a comeback with his former team, but since Lynch hasn’t officially filed his retirement papers, Seattle still had to report it as an official visit.
“Marshawn Lynch was in town and made a visit to the VMAC Wednesday. The team had to report that as a visit to the NFL since he is an unrestricted free agent and has not officially retired. But the team is not considering signing Lynch,” Condotta tweeted.
It was only reasonable that after the news of Rashaad Penny being out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. The timing of Lynch’s visit would spark rumors, but there is no news of him coming out of retirement anytime soon.
Seattle Basketball Legend Weighs-in On Pete Carroll’s Ability to Find Talent
I recently spoke with former Sacramento Kings great and Seattle native Doug Christie about Pete Carroll.
“You go out and get Jadeveon Clowney, and whether he signs and you keep him or not, that is yet to be seen, you have a competitive team still. And this has been one of his [Carroll’s] most impressive coaching jobs,” said Christie.
Former QB Matt Hasselbeck on Pete Carroll & Mike Holmgren
Earlier this year, I spoke with former NFL quarterback and ESPN NFL analyst Matt Hasselbeck about the difference between Pete Carroll and Mike Holmgren’s coaching styles.
“They both came from San Francisco, through that Bay area coaching style so, it is very similar. However, Pete has more of a Bud Grant defensive style of coaching in comparison to Mike, who came for the Bill Walsh coaching tree. He saw everything through the eyes of the quarterback, and both are really great. I feel very fortunate to play both of them. I would say when Pete was fired from the New England Patriots, he took a year off, and he really discovered who we wanted to be as a coach. He took what he said he learned from reading a book about John Wooden. He took that new philosophy in what he wanted to be as a coach and went to USC with the winning formula,“ Hasselbeck told me.