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

Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports National Columnist

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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