A quick entry this morning, just wanted to point out a great column in today’s Boston Herald from one of the very best Pats beat writers, Jeff Howe. It’s a contrast and comparison in the striking differences that Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick take in their approaches to being a head coach in the National Football League.
For fans like me who really enjoy the history of the game and the history of the franchise this column was a real treat. If you were a fan of the Patriots during the Parcells and Carroll era you will surely enjoy reading the article; if you’re a newer fan then I recommend it even more, to gain some insight into what those teams were like back then.
Bill Parcellsâ€™ office was right next to the playersâ€™ entrance at the old Foxboro Stadium, and the coachâ€™s strict, fear-striking style caused everyone to do their best to sneak by him every morning. Players said when they werenâ€™t called into the office, there were days when they felt it was a victory.
But when Pete Carroll took over in 1997, Foxboro Stadium might as well have been located on the moon. It was a vastly different environment.
Sneak by the office? Forget that. Players routinely opened the front door to the building and heard â€śBarbie Girlâ€ť by Aqua blaring from Carrollâ€™s room. If it wasnâ€™t that song, it might have been something by The Doors. Or whoever. The music was on, and the atmosphere was loose.
There’s a lot more, check it out when you get a chance; it’s a good read.
For those that don’t remember (or are fortunate enough to have forgotten), here is the song Pete Carroll was listening to in his office in Foxboro.
Aqua – Barbie Girl
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