Pete Carroll coaching up rookie Earl Thomas is a blast from the past

We can debate about a lot of things. It is what makes sports so fun and interesting. But one thing we can all find a consensus on is this: Pete Carroll is/was the best coach in the history of the Seattle Seahawks. His unique, player-focused style is truly unrivaled. Every so often, we get a glimpse at him in his element. Such is the case with this now-vintage footage of him talking to Earl Thomas.

Thomas was one of the best defensive players of the 2010’s, period. His elite speed and power punished NFL offenses week in, week out. But he had to grow into this role, channeling raw talent and skill into dominance. Fortunately, he had a quality mentor in Coach Carroll.

Of course, the caption in the tweet above is a bit misleading. Nothing Carroll said was tough or brutal, just simply a brilliant mentor teaching his young star. The Seahawks won the featured game 27-20, and the victory proved pivotal as Seattle would go on to win the NFC West with a 7-9 record.

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