Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks are returning to their second consecutive Super Bowl in as many seasons on Feb. 1, while Bill Belichick’s
Stormtroopers Patriots have made it back to the biggest single sports finale in the world for the first time since their heart breaking 2012 loss to the New York Giants.
A wrinkle in this matchup. Carroll’s previous NFL tenure before Seattle was as head-coach of the Patriots and was fired in favor of Belichick by owner Robert Craft. Will the desire for revenge give the Seahawks the edge tehy need to win the 2015 Super Bowl?
Robert Kraft has hired just two coaches in his tenure as Patriots owner. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. @NFLonFOX
— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) January 19, 2015
Analyzing The Super Bowl 49 Betting Odds On Pete Carroll To Beat Bill Belichick
Super Bowl XLIX
New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Feb 1st, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Point Spread: Pick ‘Em
Game Total: 47.5
Click here for Live Super Bowl XLIX Odds
Play by Play: Al Michaels
Color Commentary: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline: Michele Tafoya
Pregame Hosts: Bob Costas & Dan Patrick
Halftime Analysts: Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison & Hines Ward
Vince Lombardy Trophy Presenter: Dan Patrick
Pete Carroll is going to have to do a few things in order to beat Bill Belichick in Super Bowl 49. It’s not going to be as easy as just handing the ball off to Marshawn Lynch and then hoping that Lynch turns into Beast Mode and runs all over the New England defense. What Pete is going to have to do is let Belichick try and out think him. As crazy as it sounds, using Belichick’s coaching mastery against him is probably the best way to beat Bill Belichick. Let Belichick make the first move and then counter, is my advice to Pete.
What that means is not trying to anticipate what Belichick is going to throw at Pete and the Seahawks. It means actually playing sound football and motivating Seattle to do what they do best, which is play within themselves and then adjust to whatever changes that Belichick makes as the game flows.
For Bill Belichick to beat Pete Carroll, he’s going to have to think about the individual matchups. For example, who is Pete going to assign to guard Julian Edelman? Is it a given that Kam Chancellor is going to be on Gronk on every play? What happens if Seattle decides to play man-to-man in the secondary with Richard Sherman but zone coverage with everybody else?
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Belichick actually has a harder job than Pete Carroll. Although Belichick game plans as well as anybody in the NFL, he’s going to have make adjustments against a team, and a coach, that knows how to motivate his players and is working with a lot of moving parts. It is not as easy as when Belichick decided to junk the run game because the Ravens’ defense is good against the run but terrible against the pass.
With that being written, it’s difficult to see Pete having enough influence on the game for the Seahawks to beat New England. Belichick figures to have the perfect game plan to beat Pete. Pete will counter, but at the end of the day, Belichick’s game plan might be too perfect for even Pete to react to.