Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Pete Carroll believes in second chances
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle coach Pete Carroll knows some people question why substance-abuse problems continue to surface for the Seahawks.
Six players have been suspended in the past three seasons, including Walter Thurmond this week and an expected one-year suspension announcement coming soon for Brandon Browner.
It leaves a perception at times that the team is out of control. Carroll said it's all about giving players an opportunity.
“Over the years, I've always found myself wanting to find guys that need some consideration or special opportunities,” Carroll said Tuesday. “It's guys that other people maybe don't see something special in. We will take a chance on a guy here or there. I've always been hopeful in finding the best in them. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't.”
Carroll also said they won't give up on a player that has a problem.
“We'll always look to give guys a second chance around here,” he said. “The fact that the league has adjusted the rules, allowing a guy who is suspended under these circumstances to be with us, we're going to take care of them a look after them until we get them back.
“Disappointment is the best way to say it. We try to coach them and guide them and mentor them in every way we can. When guys have an issue, we are going to take responsibility for helping them.”