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NFL playoffs: Seahawks' Pete Carroll, Redskins' Mike Shanahan take different approaches

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  • Auguste Remy and his son Dillon, 6, from Gaithersburg, Md., scream while the Redskins are on defense in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Auguste Remy and his son Dillon, 6, from Gaithersburg, Md., scream while the Redskins are on defense in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Fans show their emotions before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans show their emotions before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • A Redskins fan holds a poster in the stands before the  Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)A Redskins fan holds a poster in the stands before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans cheer before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans cheer before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans cheer after Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) scores on a 4 yard pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Fans cheer after Washington Redskins running back Evan Royster (22) scores on a 4 yard pass in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Left to right: Nelson Miller and Jenks Coggin, both of Richmond, Va., and T.J. Leonard, of Waldorf, Md. tailgate together before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playoff football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Left to right: Nelson Miller and Jenks Coggin, both of Richmond, Va., and T.J. Leonard, of Waldorf, Md. tailgate together before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playofffootball at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Jeff Clarke of Sterling, Va., throws passes to his daughter Katherine, 8, in the parking lot before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playoff football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Jeff Clarke of Sterling, Va., throws passes to his daughter Katherine, 8, in the parking lot before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playofffootball at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Jackson Clarke, 11, of Sterling, Va., tosses a football in the parking lot before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playoff football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Jackson Clarke, 11, of Sterling, Va., tosses a football in the parking lot before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playofffootball at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Redskins fans Ryan and Andrew Burtnick of Crofton, Md., play corn hole in the parking lot before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playoff football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Redskins fans Ryan and Andrew Burtnick of Crofton, Md., play corn hole in the parking lot before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks on wildcard weekend in NFL playofffootball at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Fans stand outside the stadium as they watch the Redskins arrive at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Fans stand outside the stadium as they watch the Redskins arrive at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks off the bus before the game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks off the bus before the game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Jan. 6, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)
  • Redskins fan Cookie Chiesette [cq], right, of Washington, D.C., watches as Security guard Derrick Jones, left, teases her son Davey "Skins", center, as they stand on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Redskins fan Cookie Chiesette [cq], right, of Washington, D.C., watches as Security guard Derrick Jones, left, teases her son Davey "Skins", center, as they stand on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hugs friends and family on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hugs friends and family on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Walter Novak, 68, from Eastern Shores, Md. has his grandson Dominic Jr., 9, write RGIII on his forehead with sharpie in preparation for the Redskins NFC wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks, outside of FedEx Field in Landover Md., on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Walter became a Redskins fan when he was 6 years old at Griffith Stadium and has been passing down his fanhood to his son and now his grandson. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 

Walter Novak, 68, from Eastern Shores, Md. has his grandson Dominic Jr., 9, write RGIII on his forehead with sharpie in preparation for the Redskins NFC wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks, outside of FedEx Field in Landover Md., on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Walter became a Redskins fan when he was 6 years old at Griffith Stadium and has been passing down his fanhood to his son and now his grandson. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)
  • Walter Novak, 68, from Eastern Shores, Md. has his grandson Dominic Jr., 9, write RGIII on his forehead with sharpie in preparation for the Redskins NFC wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks, outside of FedEx Field in Landover Md., on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Walter became a Redskins fan when he was 6 years old at Griffith Stadium and has been passing down his fanhood to his son and now his grandson. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times) 

Walter Novak, 68, from Eastern Shores, Md. has his grandson Dominic Jr., 9, write RGIII on his forehead with sharpie in preparation for the Redskins NFC wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks, outside of FedEx Field in Landover Md., on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Walter became a Redskins fan when he was 6 years old at Griffith Stadium and has been passing down his fanhood to his son and now his grandson. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Pete Carroll is “excitable” and “enthusiastic” to Mike Shanahan. The Seattle Seahawks coach’s energy is “unbelievable” and “unmatchable” in the words of his starting quarterback, Russell Wilson.

Now he’s back in the NFL playoffs, visiting the Washington Redskins on Sunday in the NFC wild card round. And while Carroll’s path from the pros to college and back has been filled with pitfalls, he hasn’t lost his emotions.

“In terms of just the energy that he brings to practice and in the meetings and everything, you really want to play for him,” Wilson said. “In terms of practice, he’s always flying around. He tries to race everybody to the drill. It’s pretty fun to play for him, especially the way he coaches.”

Carroll and Shanahan represent very different parts of the coaching spectrum. The Redskins’ coach gets fired up at times, but he doesn’t let his feelings fly in the same way as Carroll.

“Pete has always been very excitable,” Shanahan said. “I think you have to be yourself and that’s what Pete has done. He’s been himself. Everyone knows they type of job he did at Southern Cal. He’s a guy who is very enthusiastic in everything he does and a good friend.”

Shanahan tried to hire Carroll as defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos in 1995; Carroll wound up with the San Francisco 49ers. Since then, Carroll followed up an unsuccessful stint as New England Patriots coach with nine impressive years at Southern Cal.

This is his second playoff appearance his returning to the NFL with the Seahawks.

“All of that time had to do with what we’re doing now. The building, the process, and getting my philosophy and my approach tight and together and at S.C., with all the winning we did there, I had a chance to really, I think, hone the message,” Carroll said. “Now we came here and have done exactly to the letter what we did there in our approach and our thinking and everything. Fortunately here we’re in a pretty good spot right now.”

Carroll is so much of a players’ coach that Wilson said he even looks forward to team meetings. That’s because the approach is different.

“He’s shown us different clips of some of the greatest athletes in the world and the struggles they’ve been through to be successful in terms of guys like Muhammad Ali and the Michael Jordans of the world and other football players too, as well,” Wilson said. “He always just has something new for us and it’s always exciting.”

Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls with the Broncos, delivers a more traditional approach. It has worked, including this season, when he guided the Redskins to seven straight victories to make the playoffs.

Far from “excitable,” it’s hardly a surprise that Shanahan wants to be considered something very different.

“I think overall, what you want to do as a coach, is be respected,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got a hard job to do and you want to be fair to the best player on your football team compared to the guy that maybe is not one of your better players. You want to be consistent. You’d like to be respected. I think if I had people trying to remember me it would be something like that.”

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