Pete Carroll’s NFL success is amazing; he and Jim Harbaugh learned how to win in the pros
The transition from college head coach to NFL head coach has not been easy in the 21st century.
When the Arizona Cardinals fired Kliff Kingsbury on Monday, another college football pro football coach said the hype didn’t pay off at the NFL level.
Matt Rhule was also fired as Carolina Panthers head coach midway through the season. He was then the head coach at the University of Nebraska, going back to the college ranks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter compiled the charts for the top head coaches who made the jump from college to the NFL since 2000 (yes, it includes Urban Meyer).
When we look at these coaches and their records, we realize how special Pete Carroll has been since jumping from USC and becoming the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, who play in the playoffs. wild Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers. .
Carroll never missed the NFL postseason in consecutive years in Seattle. He has made the playoffs in 10 of 13 seasons with the Seahawks.
You can see in the list below that only one man has had a level of NFL success that legitimately compares to Carroll:
Pete CARROLL: 152-104-1
January 1, 2023; Seattle, Washington, United States; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, talks with general manager John Schneider during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Lumen Field. Mandatory credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
URBAN MEYER: 2-11
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer checks the game in the third quarter during a Week 4 NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
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MATT RULE: 11-27
June 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, United States; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) and head coach Matt Rhule during OTAs at Panthers practice fields. Mandatory credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
KLIFF KINGSBURY: 28-37-1
September 29, 2019; Glendale, AZ, United States; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury before the game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
BILL O’BRIEN: 52-48
December 9, 2018; Houston, TX, United States; Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien throws the red flag for a challenge in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory credit: John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports
CHIP KELLY: 26-21
November 19, 2022; Pasadena, California, United States on the online map UCLA Bruins head coach Chip Kelly tackles the Southern California Trojans in the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
DOUG’S MORNING: 15-17
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone has heated words with an official after Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (15) hauled in a touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, November 8, 2020. The Jaguars led at the half 20 to 15 and lost by a final score of 27 to 25. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
GREG SCHIANO: 11-21
July 27, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, United States; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano speaks to the media during Big 10 football media days at Ola Lucas Stadium. Mandatory credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports
JIM HARBAUGH: 44-19-1
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during action against the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
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Bobby PETRINO: 3-10
September 9, 2007; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino and Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress shake hands after the game at the Metrodome. The Vikings won 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn USA TODAY Sports Copyright © Bruce Kluckhohn.
NICK SABAN: 15-17
October 6, 2018; Fayetteville, AR, United States; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks with ESPN reporter Tom Luginbill after the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama won 65-31. Mandatory credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
STEVE SPURRIER: 12-20
January 2, 1997: Florida Gators head coach Steve Spurrier celebrates after the Nokia Sugar Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Florida won the game, 52-20. Mandatory credit: Doug Pensinger / Allsport
BUTCH DAVIS: 24-35
November 27, 2021; Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States; FIU Golden Panthers head coach Butch Davis swings in the second half against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at MM Roberts Stadium. Mandatory credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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