Bill Belichick on Pete Carroll: ‘He’s made me a better coach’

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Tuesday at  Super Bowl XLIX media day.

“Good. Great,” Belichick said, via NFL.com. “Not a coach in the NFL I respect more than Pete Carroll. He’s a tremendous coach. He and I have kind of come up together in roughly the same era. We’ve both been defensive coordinators, we’ve both been head coaches.

“I have a ton of respect for what Pete does as a coach, how good of a fundamental teacher he is, the way his teams play. I’ve studied him from afar — we’ve never worked together. Studied Pete from afar over a long period of time. I’ve learned a lot from what he does, and indirectly, I think he’s made me a better coach. I have all the respect in the world for Pete and his staff.”

Carroll went 27-21 as head coach of the Patriots from 1997-1999.  He was replaced by Belichick, who returned to the NFL after a difficult first head coaching gig with the Cleveland Browns.

After the 1999 season, Carroll went back to college to refresh and refine his abilities before returning to the NFL to coach Seattle in 2010.

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