The Seattle Seahawks had no Super Bowl experience before Feb. 2. In fact, the closest the Seahawks had to a champion was coach Pete Carroll, who won two BCS titles with the USC Trojans -- and had those tainted by sanctions later on. However, Carroll made all of the Seahawks champions against the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, as their 43-8 blowout win made history in more ways than one.
Carroll became the third coach to win a Super Bowl and a college national championship -- and the first one without any ties to the Dallas Cowboys. But in matching Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, Carroll also did one better by becoming a Super Bowl winner in his third stint as an NFL coach.
Even before joining USC, Carroll had two short stints coaching the New York Jets and New England Patriots. He had to go to college to become a viable NFL coach again, yet expecting him to contend for the Super Bowl in his third time out -- especially with the inexperienced Seahawks -- looked like a tall order.
Carroll's first three years revitalized the Seahawks, as he got them to win the NFC West with a 7-9 record in his first year -- then upset the defending champion New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. His first real step forward came when Seattle stole Russell Wilson in the 2012 NFL Draft, then fell seconds away from reaching the NFC title game that season. However, it made their next step forward more inevitable.
Winning the Super Bowl by 35 points over the most prolific offense in NFL history wasn't inevitable, however. But despite the Broncos' offense and star power, and how every Seahawk was making his Super Bowl debut, it wouldn't have been an upset for Seattle to win by a smaller margin.
This is a testament to how powerful the Seahawks' defense became under Carroll, and how they collected new stars like Wilson, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas under Carroll. These factors helped make the Seahawks a true powerhouse for the first time in its history, while making Carroll a real winner in the NFL at last.
It all culminated in 60 minutes of dominance on Feb. 2, which made Carroll the third oldest Super Bowl winning coach of all time. Considering how young his core of Seahawks are, however, he may not be done yet anyway.