“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.”
A recent post from Bleacher Report shows the importance of Coach Pete Carroll and how he relates to players. Nevermind his age (the second oldest head coach in the NFL), “Carroll’s youthful approach to coaching has buoyed him at a stage in life when many of his contemporaries are too tired just to tread water.”
How does he do it?
“I always think something good is about to happen,” Carroll said. “It’s a general way of looking at the world. I’ve never looked at games and challenges like it’s going to go bad, it’s not going to work out. I don’t see it that way. I think that’s really helped. I don’t live in the gloom of what might go wrong. I live in the glow of what could happen that’s good. That’s been the guiding principle.”
In relating to players, Carroll listens to the hip music and blares it when he’s in the office. He keeps up with the latest trends, and plays catch with Russell Wilson during practice.
“I’m just doing what feels natural,” Carroll said. “I like being involved. I think I have a lot to offer them. I can still feel what the game is like. I like to communicate with them on that level. It’s not just communicate from on high. It’s communicating what it feels like and translating stuff to make it personal to teach better and more effectively. I’ve always been involved in that whether it’s catching the ball, throwing, blocking, making tackles, covering kicks, whatever it is, trying to help them in any way I can.”
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