SI.com Columnist Dan Shaughnessy has followed Pete Carroll's career since his days with the Patriots.
He writes, "Carroll coached the Patriots between Super Bowls. He lost Curtis Martin to the Jets and still won 27 games in three seasons with the Patriots. He made the playoffs twice and won the division once. He owns the second-highest winning percentage (. 549) among all Patriot coaches (guess who is first?). But it was never enough. He wasn't Parcells and he had to go after an 8-8 season in 1999. In 2007, Carroll told me, ‘I was there for three years and it was the hardest 10 years I've ever had.'”