During games, Carroll bounds along the sideline. Sometimes he sprints alongside a play if, say, the Seahawks force a turnover and are returning it for a score. Sometimes he rips off his headset and charges toward an official to argue a call.
He spends so much time on the field, they should just give him his own whistle.
My disdain for Carroll grew out of a moment I witnessed before he was even a head coach.
It was a Jets-at-Dolphins contest on Dec. 20, 1992. After a Tony Martin touchdown catch with 2:30 to go in the fourth quarter, Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich missed an extra point that would've tied the game, and the TV cameras caught Carroll - then defensive coordinator of the Jets - gleefully putting his hands around his neck in a choke sign.
What a lovely, classy gesture, I thought.
(By the way, karma kicked in, as Stoyanovich made a 37-yard field-goal attempt with seven seconds left to give the Dolphins a 19-17 victory.)
Trust me, Pete Carroll doesn't deserve Russell Wilson. He deserves a 19-17 playoff loss.
Ask The Slouch
Q. Watching some of the bowl games, I wondered what those "thingies" are on the helmets of the players - are they awards for each class they have attended during the year? (John P. Donnelly; Reston, Va.)
A. It seems rather unlikely any player could attend that many classes in any year.
Q. It took the Cleveland Browns only one year to realize that Rob Chudzinski was not going to be a top-notch NFL coach. How long did it take your ex-wives to determine you weren't going to be a top-notch husband? (Bill Lehky; Strongsville, Ohio)
A. In either my first or second marriage, I believe there were rumblings on our honeymoon night.
Q. Since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith, does that absolve them of the Rooney Rule requirement of a sham minority interview, or must they still speed-dial Ted Cottrell? (Scott D. Shuster; Watertown, Mass.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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