Steve Sarkisian disagrees with mentor Pete Carroll’s play call

Steve Sarkisian is entering in his second season with the USC Trojans and he is still taking inspiration from former and legendary Trojan coach, current Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Sarkisian joined The Dan Patrick Show on Friday to talking about his relationship with his former boss.

According to College Football Talk, the head coach talked about how much of a mentor Carroll is to him. Sarkisian worked as an offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach under Carroll at USC from 2001-2003 and then as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator from 2005-2008.

“He’s an unbelievable mentor to me,” Sarkisian said when asked about Carroll by Patrick. “He’s the reason I’m sitting here talking to you.”

Despite Carroll being a mentor to Sarkisian, he still disagrees with the play call on the final play of last season’s Super Bowl. Sarkisian says that he would have certainly called the play that most people were expecting.

“I agree with the decision to throw it. I don’t know, necessarily, about the play call itself because I wasn’t in the game planning. From a tactical standpoint, with three downs to go and only one timeout remaining the correct decision in my mind would be to throw the ball on second down knowing you can run it on third and then you have a run-pass option on fourth.”

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I certainly don’t disagree with what Sarkisian is saying. I was expecting a run just like the fifteen other people at the party I was attending. I just knew the Seahawks were going to win back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time since their opponents did it in 2003 and 2004.

The Trojans open the season on September 5 when they host Arkansas State.

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