Pete Carroll sort of failed in his first stint as an NFL (or maybe he just wasn’t given a true chance) and went back to college, led USC to a boatload of wins, came back to the Seahawks and the rest is history. This means a college coach can come to the NFL and be instantly successful, especially if that coach has a strong general manager to help him build a roster.
Carroll had that when he came to Seattle in 2010 and so would Fickell. Fickell was involved with an ultra-successful college program at Ohio State but decided he needed to do his own thing and be the head coach at Cincinnati. Fickell took over a program that had little in 2017 but since 2018 the Bearcats record is 31-5.
Fickell does a few things very well. One is to create speedy, athletic and aggressive defenses. Fickell knows how to get his teams to play extremely well in the secondary too. Basically, Fickell reminds me a lot of Pete Carroll when he joined the Seahawks. Seattle’s defense will be smart and aggressive and dictate play.
I also think Fickell would be happy to take over an NFL team. No offense to Cincinnati but that isn’t a job where a coach plans on staying for a very long time. It’s a leaping pad to better coaching opportunities and the Seahawks and Fickell would be a great match.