Carroll revisits past with Seattle facing Patriots
But the 1999 season is when the bottom fell out for Carroll, and owner Robert Kraft decided a change was needed. New England started the year 6-2, only to finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Carroll was shown the door and realized that whatever job he took next, he wanted full control of how everything was handled.
He got that when he took over the Trojans and led USC on a nearly decade-long run of success. It was only when Seattle essentially guaranteed Carroll the control he had in the college ranks that he made the move back to the NFL.
And now that means catching up with his past, even if the events of more than a dozen years ago have very little effect on what takes place on the field this Sunday.
"At (USC), because of the autonomy I got to do everything, general manager, coach, the whole thing, you did it all. That's why I never thought I'd leave there because I never thought I would get another opportunity like that and I wasn't leaving unless I did," Carroll said. "I wasn't looking to leave. I just never thought I would have a chance in the league to do that until this opportunity presented itself."
Notes: Seattle has already ruled out G John Moffitt for this week's game with a knee injury. ... C Max Unger (hip) did not participate in practice on Wednesday and will be monitored daily. But Carroll was optimistic he would be able to play.
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