Before Pete Carroll began his career in coaching, he was a former all-conference safety in college who hoped to continue playing at the next level. The impersonal manner in which that dream ended has influenced the MO he follows when cutting players.
"I talk to every one of them. I really feel that it's my job to do that. I think I owe that to them," Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Salk" on Monday. "For some guys, if it's the last time they ever play football, I want them to have the last experience with the head coach ... . I would hate to skirt that issue. There's a lot of guys that don't do that, I think.
"I just remember when I got cut my last, the defensive coordinator cut me and I never got over it. I'm still pissed."
Cuts are among the harsh realities of the NFL, particularly at this time of the year. The Seahawks parted ways with eight players Monday and must do the same with seven more to reach the league-mandated roster limit of 75 by Tuesday afternoon.
Carroll said the conversations with outgoing players are straightforward. Often, the door is left open for a potential return.
"The conversation is really, try to get to the truth and speak the truth of the guy's experience and what he meant to us and where he fits into the future because a lot of these guys have a chance to come back to us," Carroll said. "We've spent a lot of time and invested a lot and they've invested tremendously in us, and that makes them valuable to us. We end on terms where hopefully they're good terms and basically our guys are grateful and they really had a good time being here – they all kind of said that – and they would like to come back and all that. So we leave on good terms pretty much."