Football betting handicappers are well aware that there is a new found enthusiasm with head coach Pete Carroll but that intensified in his Seattle football gambling debut.
Seattle scored a 20-18 win over the Tennessee Titans although the failed to cover the spread as 3.5-point chalks as the game went over the total of 35.
Carroll was on the sidelines pumping his fists and running up and down the sidelines like a kid on recess. He even gave a high-five to the national anthem singer as he was overflowing with enthusiasm.
“Yeah I was really fired up about that song,” said Carroll. “The guy did a great job.”
The 58-year old Carroll acted 40 years younger and stayed lively throughout the game despite having recent surgery on his left knee. Carroll is enthused about the challenge of coaching in the NFL where he had mixed results with the football odds in two previous gigs with the New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Carroll made a new reputation for himself as head coach of the USC Trojans where he won 2 college football national championships and dominated the Pac 10 Conference.
The exhibition win over the Titans was Carroll’s first NFL game in a decade and he basically stole the show as both teams struggled in a sluggish affair.
“Oh, I loved it. It was a blast,” said Carroll. “We even made it like a real NFL game, coming down to the final 20 seconds. Just being here. I’m so proud to be here. It was really, really cool.”
Seattle’s next preseason matchup with the NFL lines is August 21 when they host the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle’s backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst had a strong performance as he went 14-22 for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns. Whitehurst was brought in by Carroll to challenge long time veteran starter Matt Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck struggled as he went 4-10 for 26 yards but there appears to be no quarterback controversy – yet anyway.
Seattle’s defense continues to be a football betting concern as the first unit was chewed up by Tennessee on a 10 play 79 yard drive. The Seahawks finished 25th in points allowed last year and are trying to shore up a thin linebacking corps.