NFL betting anticipation and curiosity is at a fever pitch for the head coaching debut of Pete Carroll as his Seahawks have a sports betting matchup with Tennessee.
The game will mark Carroll’s return to the NFL after a highly successful college coaching stint with the USC Trojans in which he rejuvenated the program with Heisman Trophy winners and National Championships but departed just one step ahead of the law and NCAA sanctions for lack of institutional control.
Carroll had mixed success in previous NFL head coaching gigs with the New England Patriots and New York Jets. He stated a desire to prove that he could succeed in the NFL as his reason for taking the Seattle job.
There is yet another USC connection to this game as Tennessee head coach and Trojan alum Jeff Fisher sued Carroll’s replacement, Lane Kiffin, with tampering as the Trojan coach lured away Fisher’s running back coach without a courtesy call.
Sportsbook SBGGlobal.com opened with a line of Seattle -3 with an over/under of 33.5 for this August 14 affair.
It may not be long before Carroll wishes he were back leading the Men of Troy as Seattle is a mess. They finished 5-11 straight up and 6-10 against the spread last year in Jim Mora Jr.’s only season as coach.
The problems begin at quarterback where Matt Hasselbeck has been injury prone although he had an excellent off season camp. Charlie Whitehurst and JP Losman will back Hasselbeck up and get plenty of preseason reps.
Seattle’s top draft pick Earl Thomas failed to make the opening of camp due to a contract delay although the safety said it all just a formality.
Carroll has been thrilled to be back in the NFL. “I’m having a ball,” said the new coach.
Carroll will spend the preseason trying to change what has become a stale and losing culture in Seattle. His upbeat and personable approach is winning converts.
The Tennessee Titans are coming off a season that was two halves. They fell flat on their face out of the gate at 0-6 before owner Bud Adams demanded that Vince Young be named starting quarterback. The Titans salvaged their season and almost made the playoffs with an 8-8 mark.
Young was cleared for preseason action by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after his role in an altercation at a Dallas area strip club.
Number one draft picks Derrick Morgan and all pro running back Chris Johnson reached deals before camp.
The Titans are deep at backup quarterback which is a preseason advantage as Kerry Collins and Chris Simms should see plenty of action.