Pete Carroll pumped his fists and hugged players, greeting nearly every one. He ran a lot on the sidelines – on a left knee the 58-year-old had surgically repaired just two weeks ago.
And all that was before the national anthem. Then he high-fived the guy who sang that.
The coach who bolted Southern California in January to resurrect the fallen Seahawks looked like he was having more fun than his players during Seattle’s 20-18 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night.
Carroll’s first NFL game since Jan. 2, 2000, when he was coaching New England, was more notable for the new leader’s energy being as advertised than it was for anything the players’ did.