Carroll’s Change Key In Seahawks Reaching Playoffs

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — From the time he first walked into the Seahawks’ palatial headquarters on Lake Washington, Pete Carroll pledged competition.

It’s the crux of nearly everything he’s done since arriving in Seattle.

 It’s why the Seahawks have made 275 roster transactions since Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over nearly a year ago, trading players like commodities, rarely hesitating when the opportunity came to make a change.

Of the Seahawks’ 53-man roster for Saturday’s playoff game against New Orleans, only 21 players were there a year ago.

But perhaps his toughest sell job of all since he took over could be this week, convincing his seven-win team its capable of upsetting the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in the first round of the NFC playoffs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    I believe he has been a good coach and timing perfect when leaving USC but how can one say he is key to this team reaching the playoffs? Reality states that his team is just the best of the worst in the NFL’s weakest division. Ending a season at 8-8 is mediocre and not play-off worth, ending 7-9 is a losing season and is prompting change in playoff structure. NYG closed 10-6 as well as TB and both sit home while a losing team plays…give me a break.

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