Asked which head coach would you most like to play for as part of the NFL Nation Confidential player survey, Mr. Happy, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, took home honors with 71 votes (22.5 percent), followed by Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (44 votes) and Denver’s John Fox (26).
Several players in the NFL either played for Carroll at USC or were recruited by him, so they understand the type of positive approach and festive atmosphere he creates within his program.
Carroll is considered a player’s coach, but he’s also known just as much for winning, when looking back at his success at USC and now in taking the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl. And that type of environment is attractive to an NFL player.
Even though the Steelers limped to an 8-8 record in 2013, Tomlin still remains a favorite of players because of his no-nonsense approach, and like Carroll, his ability to relate to players.
Two San Diego players surveyed voted for Tomlin, while one voted for Carroll.