Seattle Seahawks players are happy. They have the number one ranked defense in the NFL this season and they're about to play in the Super Bowl and according to a recent poll of NFL players, they have the most popular coach in the league.
Carroll received 72 votes which equated to 23% of players asked. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin finished second with 44 votes and John Fox of the Denver Broncos was third with 25 selections.
The poll, which measured who players would most like to play for was carried out by NFL Nation and they quizzed over 320 players during the season.
Carroll was taken aback by the results but soon managed to spin it into an even bigger positive for his team:
"I'm surprised by that, but, hey, free agency is a big deal to us. Maybe that can help us down the road."
According to SB Nation, the Seahawks acquired nine players through free agency in order to bolster their draft selections.
Seahawks captain, Heath Farwell said that Carroll's popularity comes down to how he handles players.
"If you make a mistake, he uses that as a teachable moment," Farwell said. "Pete explains what you did wrong and how you can correct. If you do something wrong, he will say that's not acceptable by the organization and explain why.
"We all make mistakes, but with Pete, it's about learning from it. He's not a talk-down-to-you or yell-at-you kind of coach."
Carroll, 62 coached in the NFL between 1984 and 1999 with a number of teams without huge success. He then coached USC to six BCS bowl victories. He has been coaching the Seahawks since 2010.