Preseason games primers for Carroll's transition

Preseason games primers for Carroll's transition

Credit: Rod Mar / Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck at the beginning of the team's first practice of the 2010 Bing Training Camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 13 at 6:31 PM

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll has veterans he needs to spot for cameos. He has prospects who need long looks.

And, hey, what's that red flag he has hanging out of his pocket?

Saturday night, the leader of Southern California's dynasty for the last decade will be coaching his first NFL game since Jan. 2, 2000, when he was leading New England against Baltimore. His Seahawks start the 2010 preseason at home against Tennessee.

That's the Titans, not the Volunteers.

Preseason games are something Carroll never had at USC — unless you count those September mismatches against San Jose State and Idaho.

But to hear Carroll tell it, it may as well be the Rose Bowl.

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