Super Bowl Shows Value of Losing

John Tamny sees a conservative lesson in Pete Carroll's comeback

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 3, 2014 1:14 PM CST | Updated Feb 3, 2014 1:40 PM CST

(Newser) – The Seahawks' dominance last night put Pete Carroll "in an elite circle of the all-time greatest football coaches," but he wasn't always held in such high esteem, writes John Tamny at Forbes. "Failure made Pete Carroll." Carroll, you'll recall, was fired after just one season as head coach of the Jets, and was unceremoniously canned in New England as well. From these experiences, he learned "that the organization and the owner one coaches for matters."

Instead of jumping into another coordinator role, Carroll left the league and reinvented himself at USC. When he returned to the NFL, he insisted on organizational control, using his newly honed team-construction chops to draft such unheralded stars as Richard Sherman (a 5th round pick) and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith (7th round). Carroll's story "speaks to the wondrous, life enhancing value of failure as a driver of future success," Tamny argues. "When we shield individuals and businesses (think the bailed out banks and carmakers) from their errors, we perpetuate what makes them mediocre." Click for Tamny's full column.

Pete Carroll raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ.
Pete Carroll raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is doused with Gatorade in the final minutes of the Super Bowl, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is doused with Gatorade in the final minutes of the Super Bowl, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, NJ.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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