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 Parcells’ office was right next to the players’ entrance at the old Foxboro Stadium, and the coach’s strict, fear-striking style caused everyone to do their best to sneak by him every morning. Players said when they weren’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 “Barbie Girl” by Aqua blaring from Carroll’s room. If it wasn’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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