Super Bowl coaches have different styles, but lot in common

Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:44pm EST
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By Simon Evans

PHOENIX (Reuters) - On the surface, the two head coaches who will face off in Sunday's Super Bowl could not be more different.

Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots appears a dour, grumpy figure, obsessed with his job and seemingly having little interest in the outside world.

The Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll bubbles with enthusiasm, enjoys a joke and looks comfortable in any company.

On the sidelines, the 62-year-old Belichick often hides under a hooded sweatshirt, glowering at the game. Carroll, 63, is constantly on the move, barking instructions.

After a touchdown, Belichick shows no emotion, turning his eyes to his gameplan clipboard. Carroll races around fist-pumping in delight.

Their off-season leisure activities sum their contrasting personalities. Belichick likes to disappear on his fishing boat. Carroll hits the California surf.

But when it comes to coaching and their careers, the two have a surprising amount in common.

Both have Croatian family backgrounds and went through two decades of working as assistants and coordinators before getting head coach offers.   Continued...

Jan 30, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (left) and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) during a joint press conference for Super Bowl XLIX at Phoenix Convention Center.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports