Another profile has emerged as we all prepare for an exciting Sunday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
This one, coming from Joe Posnanski of NBCSports.com, focuses on Coach Carroll’s WinForever philosophy, specifically the WinForever pyramid that we demonstrate often.
The NFL hadn’t seen a coach like Carroll before. The difference between the ‘Belichicks’ and Carroll are 180 degrees.
As the story goes, Carroll went to develop the WinForever pyramid after he was fired in New England and before he was hired as the new head coach at USC. As Carroll says, he “needed those challenges to bring forth my truths, soon to be revealed.”
Clearly, the central theme of the pyramid is Competition.
Talking about the upcoming game tonight, Carroll insists it’s no different than any other game–although the fans might say differently.
“It’s a championship opportunity for us,” Carroll says. “Just like last week. It’s no different.”
The article also quotes Seahawks wideout Sidney Rice: “The thing about Pete is that he’s always Pete. I can honestly say I’ve never seen him out of character.”
The next level up the pyramid is that fact that practice is everything. Competition on the practice field, Carroll states, is arguably more important than games. It sets the tone of a program and makes such an impact in development.
It’s “a philosophy without big games, without ups and downs, without good days and bad days,” the article notes. “In Pete Carroll’s perfect world, there is just daily excellence.”
Finally, the top level of our WinForever Pyramid is “Knowing you’re going to win.”
Posnanski notes “Wooden’s pyramid of success was obviously the model for Carroll’s WinForever Pyramid. But more, it was Wooden who inspired Carroll to coach from his own heart.” That’s what it’s all about.
“Believe. Compete. Practice. Perform. And all that’s left is the hunger for a championship opportunity and the certainty, absolute certainty, that the team will win.” Always Compete.
Here are our features on the levels of the WinForever Pyramid:
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