UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel went on the Dan Patrick Show and had some interesting things to say about Pete Carroll: Neuheisel on Patrick
On Pete Carroll leaving USC:
“In my heart of hearts, I think he got tired of trying to defend these different kinds of offenses. I think the Oregon stuff – Oregon had their way with Pete’s defense – and I think he just got tired of having the quarterback be a factor in the run game. He decided you know what, ‘I have this great opportunity, it’s a lucrative opportunity, and I can go back and the quarterback is going to be right behind the center, 5-to-7 yards, and he’s not going to run the ball and all of a sudden, all my zone pressures work again.”
So Masoli is the only reason why Pete Carroll went to the pros?
“It’s a theory. I’m not saying it is, I haven’t talked to him. But I know that was frustrating for him.”
Wow. So I can just see the LA Times: “Pete Carroll afraid of college quarterbacks, that’s why he went pro, according to Rick Neuheisel”…
“No, I don’t think he was afraid of anything. That I would never say. But I think it frustrated him the way that he had to defend. The only game he lost, in the bowl game, was against a running quarterback in Vince Young. Those offenses are hard. It takes a great deal of patience to be able to hang in there with that type of stuff.”