NFL preseason odds figure to have the Seahawks listed as a cellar dweller in the NFC West Division but Carroll has brought a new attitude that could help Seattle’s NFL gambling prospects.
Carroll was the long time successful head coach in the college ranks with the Southern Cal Trojans. Before that he was up and down and right around the .500 mark after two NFL head coaching jobs with the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
Despite a considerable amount of success at USC that included routine BCS bowl games and national championships Carroll wanted another crack at the NFL and finds himself taking over a Seattle team that many believe has nowhere to go but up after last year’s 5-11 straight up record.
Seattle went 6-10 against the spread and finished 3rd in the NFC West behind Arizona and San Francisco.
One of the first big questions heading into Camp Carroll is who will be the Seahawks starting quarterback for 2010? Regular starter Matt Hasselbeck is 35 years old and has been frequently injured over the past few seasons and while he may be listed number one on the depth chart there is no guarantee he will stay there come opening day.
In 2008 Hasselbeck missed time due to a bulging disk and in 2009 he was out due to a sore shoulder.
Pete Carroll gained the attention of football betting handicappers in the off season when he acquired third string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst from the San Diego Chargers.
Carroll defending the decision saying, “We’re all about competition. Charlie has tremendous talent and upside and we are very excited to watch him develop and help our football team.”
Hasselbeck, however, has had an excellent spring camp under Carroll which some believe has only made his grasp on the top job more firm. Number two man JP Losman also had a strong spring camp and outplayed Whitehurst.
Seattle has been down and out with just 9 straight up wins over the past two seasons and switched to Carroll after just one season under Jim Mora, Jr. Seattle ranked just 25th in offensive scoring and 26th in defensive points allowed making for a considerable mess for Carroll to clean up in his first year on the job.