Ted Johnson On Felger & Mazz: ‘I Loved Playing In Pete Carroll’s Defense’

January 28, 2014 10:38 PM
Ted Johnson On Felger & Mazz: ‘I Loved Playing In Pete Carroll’s Defense’
" BOSTON (CBS) - Linebacker Ted Johnson spent his entire 10 year career in New England and played under three defensive minded head coaches in Bill Parcells, Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.

However, defensive coaches come in all shapes and sizes, and there were distinct differences between the three.

Johnson, now a radio host in Houston, was a guest on the Felger & Massarotti program Tuesday afternoon down at Radio Row in Times Square for Super Bowl XLVIII, and the former Patriot explained why it was under Carroll that he enjoyed his best seasons.

“It wasn’t read-and-react (like Belichick’s philosophy). I loved playing in Pete Carroll’s defense. I had my most productive years under Pete Carroll’s defense – I think I hit 135 tackles one year. And when you go from a 3-4, read-and-react, physically demanding defense that you had with Bill Parcells to what Pete gave you, it was like ‘Oh baby, let’s go! This is fun!’. Guys like shooting the gaps, free flowing and playing over the top. I loved it. It’s a great defense "

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