Wilson: Carroll's competitiveness 'means everything' to Seahawks

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Wilson: Carroll's competitiveness 'means everything' to Seahawks

FOXBORO -- Pete Carroll's energy symbolizes the Seattle Seahawks.
Earlier on Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick even went so far as to credit Carroll's personality to the way his team disrupts opposing offenses.
So what's it like to play for him? Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson says it's different. But at the same time, it's a thrill.
"It's unbelievable," said Wilson in a conference call on Wednesday. "I mean, the passion that he brings to the game, there's nothing like it. The fact that he brings so much energy to practice, so much energy to our meeting rooms. He keeps it loose, but at the same time, he keeps us extremely focused. He's a very good person to communicate with, in terms of, if you're thinking about anything or you have some ideas, or whatever it is. That's the great part about it all."
Wilson said that Carroll's competitive nature is addictive, and that it "means everything" to the Seahawks.
"He always talks about the 'always compete' idea," said Wilson. "We always have to compete, no matter for what it is. We're always competing against the other team, in terms of the film room and the weight room, or if it's at practice. You've got to bring that mentality to the table every single day.
"And you play a little game in your head. That kind of idea of, 'OK, I've got to beat this guy today, doing whatever it is.' Or, 'I've got to prepare the right way. I've got to get my feet right. I've got to make some plays today.' Whatever it is, it's the idea of just staying in the now. One play at a time, too, is another thing that we talk about. Just get after every single play if you can. That just heightens everybody's ability in the long run. And that really helps our football team."

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."