The Seattle Seahawks have hired Pete Carroll to be their new coach, luring him away from Southern California after nine years with the school.
It will be Carroll’s third stint in the NFL. He was the head man for the New York Jets in 1994 and for the New England Patriots from 1997-1999. The true fantasy impact of Carroll’s hiring is yet to be determined, as he still has to hire an offensive coordinator.
But looking back at his previous NFL teams, many of Carroll’s players didn’t have great fantasy success.
In Carroll’s lone season with the Jets, Boomer Esiason threw for just 2,782 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His leading rusher was Johnny Johnson, who recorded 42 receptions, 1,234 scrimmage yards and five total touchdowns. Wideout Rob Moore led the team with 1,010 yards and six scores.
One player who did post good numbers was Johnny Mitchell. The tight end finished with 58 receptions, 749 yards and four touchdowns.
In New England, Drew Bledsoe averaged 3,775 passing yards with 22 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions under Carroll’s watch. Those numbers made him a viable No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but he wasn’t an elite option.
Carroll also had two 1,000-yard running backs in Curtis Martin (1997) and Robert Edwards (1998), but neither posted numbers that made him more than a No. 2 fantasy option.
Believe it or not, Terry Glenn was the lone wideout to post a 1,000-yard season (1999) while Carroll was with the Patriots.
Unfortunately, he scored just four touchdowns.
The Patriots did have one of the best fantasy tight ends in the league at the time, though, as Ben Coates combined for 165 receptions and 16 touchdowns in those three seasons.
With a lot of questions still yet to be answered in Seattle, looking at the numbers of Carroll’s previous players is interesting but not a be all, end all in terms of future values.
Matt Hasselbeck is on the downside of his career, and Carroll is almost certain to bring in another quarterback. Who knows, he could take someone like Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The running back spot is also a point of contention. Julius Jones was unspectacular while Justin Forsett showed flashes of brilliance. But Carroll’s recent USC teams used multiple backs on offense, so a committee could be imminent.
At wide receiver, I don’t see T.J. Houshmandzadeh or Nate Burleson as having more value under Carroll. But if you look at the numbers of his previous tight ends, it’s hard not to like John Carlson as a potential draft bargain in 2010.