There are only FOUR more days until Super Bowl Sunday and as I promised here is more on everything you need to know to be prepared for #GameDay! I am excited about this post because I learned some new things as well. When it comes to these two teams, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, I’m sure there are a few individuals that come to mind. If you have been paying attention to the media at all over the last two weeks I’m sure you’ve heard the name Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Marshawn Lynch, but who else and what match ups has the media missed while they have been busy covering all the “drama”. Never fear GameDay Girl is here to break it down for you! This is the begging of my list of key players from each team with a short description of why they are important (pictures included). Enjoy! 🙂
Let’s start with the most important person, the head coach.
Pete Carroll– Head Coach and Vice President of the Seattle Seahawks
Carroll has been coaching football for 42 years and has been the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks since 2010. He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, New England Patriots and most recently the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Carroll is one of three football coaches to have won both a Super Bowl and College Football National Championship. You may of heard of Carroll from the 2010 NCAA sanctions against USC involving former Trojan star Reggie Bush. Some believe the sanctions are the reason why Carroll left USC to coach in Seattle, though Carroll has denied any possibilities of that being a factor. Carroll is known for his aggressive offensive play-calling, trick plays, and “going for it” on the 4th down. Due to his aggressive style he received the nickname “Big Balls Pete” while coaching at USC.
Carroll is an enthusiastic, high-energy coach who expects nothing but the highest level of competition from his players and staff.”We’re going to do things better than it’s ever been done before in everything we do, and we’re going to compete our ass off. And we’re gonna see how far that takes us.” -Pete Carroll *
This is Carroll’s second Super Bowl appearance with the Seahawks and if they win they will join the list of 7 franchises who have won consecutive Super Bowls.
Bill Belichick– Head Coach of the New England Patriots
Belichick has been coaching football for 40 years, 15 out of those 40 have been in the position of head coach at the New England Patriots (since 2000). As a fan you either love or hate Belichick, but one thing is for sure, you have to respect him for being a great NFL coach. In fifteen years with the Pats, Belichick has had only one losing season (in 2000), following that year he lead the Pats to 3 Super Bowl Championship Wins, in 2001, 2003 and 2004. In total Belichick has lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl 5 times, with this year being his 6th. All this is pretty impressive right? So why do several football fans across the United States hate Belichick and the New England Patriots? One word, Spygate.
In 2007 NFL security caught a Patriots video assistant illegally taping the New York Jets’ defensive signals from an on-field location. The NFL fined Belichick $500,000 and the Patriots $250,000. The Pats also had to forfeit their first round draft pick in the upcoming 2008 draft pick. NFL Commissioner enforced such a severe punishment on Belichick due to his direct control over the Pats on-field operations. This incident is infamously known as “Spygate.” Sound familiar?
So there you have it, the first edition in my Who To Know series and Super Bowl 49’s Head Coaches. Any comments or questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section. And be sure to keep an eye out for more on Who To Know tomorrow!
-GameDay Girl 🙂