Carroll talks Seahawks, Vermeil talks Greatest Show on Turf

Talk of Fame Network

Pete Carroll is trying to do what has become the most difficult thing in sports this season: win a playoff game the year after winning the Super Bowl.

No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion in a decade, the last being the 2003-2004 New England Patriots, but the more difficult thing of late has been to even win a playoff game. The last eight Super Bowl champions have not won a single playoff contest the following season so Carroll's Seahawks are trying to buck an alarming trend. To help beat it, Carroll tells Talk of Fame Network this weekend he has two important allies: quarterback Russell Wilson and the raucous fans at Century Link Field.

"There's a really special spirit about our fans, everybody wants to feel like they have the great home field advantage, we know that we have one, and we love that they support us like they do and we owe a ton to them,'' Carroll said.

He also knows he has a special quarterback to fire them - and the defending Super Bowl champions - up.

"He is just a fantastic character kid, a great competitor, incredible all around athlete, you name it,'' Carroll says of Wilson. "He has so many attributes. He's got a great arm, he's got good quickness, he's got a great sense and great conscience about playing the position.''

Monday night will be a big one for former St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil when the high-scoring team he led to Super Bowl XXXIV victory - known as The Greatest Show On Turf - is honored as perhaps the greatest offense ever assembled. After winning a Super Bowl with that team, Vermeil made a decision he told Talk of Fame Network he now views as a mistake.

"(Retiring) was a mistake,'' Vermeil says. "I did it impulsively. I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it. I figured here's a chance to be a world champion, NFL coach of the year, and go out on top, but when we handed out the world championship rings in May, I realized then, that I'd made a mistake.''

One mistake he didn't make that season was a message he delivered to his team the morning after they'd beaten the San Francisco 49ers for the first time in 17 tries. It was a message that proved prophetic.

"After (winning) the 49er game...they had beaten us 17 times in a row... I remember like it was yesterday,'' Vermiel recalled. "Monday morning the squad all got together, and I said, 'Guys, there's only one team in the National Football League that can beat us, and fortunately they are all in this room.'''

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