FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On the surface, not much about Bill Belichick and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll seems similar.
Separated by just seven months in terms of age, Carroll, the elder of the two, is a jovial sideline presence, often matching the enthusiasm of his players on the field.
It's a youthful exuberance that served him well during his coaching stint at Southern Cal, where he re-estbalished the program as one of the nation's elite. It's experienced its own share of success as part of his coaching makeup in the NFL, where he appears to have the Seahawks back on track in 2012, with a 3-2 record entering their Week 6 matchup with the Patriots.
Belichick, in contrast, is an even-keeled competitor, often reserving reaction during the course of a game. According to nose tackle Vince Wilfork, he's "old-fashioned."
"Bill is old-fashioned, Bill is laid back," Wilfork said when assessing the difference between his coach and Carroll. "Everybody has their own way of showing emotion, or how they coach, or how they play, it's just different. I try not to compare guys, but it's different, its different."
And while it may not be overly apparent to onlookers through their television set, Wilfork relayed that Belichick has his moments of excitement on the sideline as well.
"It's very exciting to see when you do something well, that your teammates and your coaches get excited," he continued. "And Bill's done that before, he's done that before. He might not show it a lot on TV, but he'll come to the bench, high-five us, tell us a good job and stuff like that."