Coaches corner: Carroll vs. Belichick

For the sixth time in Super Bowl history, the game will be coached by two men who have won a previous Super Bowl.

Seattle’s Pete Carroll won his first Super Bowl last season. New England coach Bill Belichick is 3-2 in Super Bowl games.

Chuck Noll and Tom Landry faced off twice as Super Bowl winners, in the 1975 and 1978 seasons. Also meeting as previous champs were Tom Flores and Joe Gibbs in the 1983 season, Bill Walsh and Don Shula in the 1984 season and Tom Coughlin and Belichick in the 2012 season.

Last season, Carroll joined Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only head coaches to win a college national championship and a Super Bowl.

Belichick is set to coach his sixth Super Bowl, and he went to three as an assistant coach.

There is a mutual respect between the two coaches.

“There’s not a coach in the NFL I respect more than Pete Carroll,” Belichick said. “He’s a tremendous coach. He and I have kind of come up together in roughly the same era.

“We’ve both been defensive coordinators, we’ve both been head coaches. I have a ton of respect for what Pete does as a coach, how good of a fundamental teacher he is, the way his teams play.”

Carroll was New England’s head coach before Belichick was hired in 2000.

“Studied Pete from afar over a long period of time,” Belichick said. “I’ve learned a lot from what he does, and indirectly, I think he’s made me a better coach.”