In a recent cover story interview with Sports Illustrated, Carroll did not deny assertions from other media members and former head coaches that the decision to pass instead of run would haunt him for the rest of his life.
But in addition to dealing with the pain, he's trying to regenerate the disappointment into something overwhelmingly positive.
"You'll never know," Carroll told SI when asked how much the loss hurt him. "I can't make you understand. You pour everything and -- it goes right, it goes wrong -- it's in you. It becomes part of you. I'm not going to ignore it. I'm going to face it. And when it bubbles up, I'm going to think about it and get on with it. And use it. Use it!"
Though the pressure of an initial Super Bowl title is off his shoulders, the mounting pressure to capitalize on a relatively small window of affordable, incredibly talented core players has to be almost as difficult.
Though we'd never expect Carroll to come out and completely air his troubles, it's nice to see him practicing the worry-free mantra he's preached to all his players over the years.