Doyel: Carroll’s Seattle Success Puts Him In Elite Company Among Coaches

Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports National Columnist
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Pete Carroll (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Two more wins, and Pete Carroll joins the list. Two more wins, and he joins the only two head coaches in NFL history to add a Super Bowl title to their college championship: Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.

That’s an objective list, cut-and-dried, stated as a fact and not an opinion. Johnson and Switzer did it. Pete Carroll is two wins away — the NFC Championship Game on Sunday against the 49ers, then the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New York City against the Broncos orPatriots — from giving that club a third member.

What would that list mean in a subjective sense? To me, not much. Because I’ve seen enough from Pete Carroll to call him something I was never — and by that I mean, ever — prepared to call him when he was at Southern California, or even last season with the Seahawks:

Pete Carroll, I’m now willing to concede, is one of the greatest football coaches alive.

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