Brandon Browner says Bill Belichick tests you more than Pete Carroll

Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut:
Well, they’re (Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll) both fun to play for.”
Pete Carroll, it’s a lot loose around there. On your way to meetings, you can be hearing your favorite rap artist playing in the meeting room. We got a basketball court in the meeting room. We shoot best-of-five before a meeting starts.

“Belichick’s old school, which I’m used to,” the veteran defensive back continued. “He reminds me of my high school coach. You’re running after every practice and things like that. They’re both fun. Belichick will test you a little more, I’d say. Pete keeps it loose and fun like we’re still in high school.

The New England Patriots' CB Brandon Browner speaks from experience having played for the Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll for the previous three years. His time in New England featured a four game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was also inactive for two games following the suspension. Brandon had plenty of time to adapt to the "Patriot" way.

Pete Carroll has fallen to the level of the substitute teacher. No longer revered for his energetic coaching formula, one lousy play call will forever hang over his teaching legacy. The one yard pass that was intercepted by the Patriots' CB Malcolm Butler prevented a "repeat" for Pete. The genius status gave way to the business-like approach portrayed on the New England Patriots' sidelines. It was the cheerleader versus the gambler. The former showed their hand.

This portrayal of President Ford as a bumbling klutz became a favorite device of SNL star, Chevy Chase and helped form the popular concept of Ford as being a clumsy man. Chase was a one year cast member on the widely popular television show, Saturday Night Live. This coincided with the first year in the oval office for the nation's 38th President.

Both head coaches made bizarre decisions at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. One coach had his team throw when they didn't need to. The other coach kept his final timeout in his sock with one minute remaining, and watched 34 seconds go by. Both styles are still effective. Pay no attention to the 114.4 million people and players who get to second guess your every move.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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