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Pete Carroll not returning as Seahawks coach, but will remain advisor: Why this decision was made

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Pete Carroll will not return as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks next season but will remain with the franchise as an advisor, the team announced Wednesday.

“After thoughtful meetings and careful consideration of the best interests of the franchise, we have amicably agreed with Pete Carroll that his role will evolve from head coach to remain with the organization as an advisor,” the statement said. Seahawks president Jody Allen in a statement released by the team.


Carroll just completed his 14th season with the Seahawks and guided the franchise to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013 and 2014, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seahawks are 137-89-1 and have only finished below .500 three times under Carroll.

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“Pete is the winningest coach in Seahawks history, bringing the city its first Super Bowl title and creating a tremendous impact over the past 14 years on the field and in the community. His expertise in leadership and creating a championship culture will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward. Pete will always be a beloved member of the Seahawks family.

After Seattle’s 21-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Carroll told reporters he expected to return to the Seahawks. The 72-year-old coach told Seattle Sports on Monday: “I intend to coach this team. I love these guys, and that’s what I’d like to do and see how far we can go. I’m not exhausted. I’m not tired. I’m not one of those things.

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Seattle was eliminated from the playoffs in Week 18 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears. This was only the fourth time since Carroll’s hiring that the Seahawks failed to make the playoffs.

The Seahawks defense under Carroll has seen a steady decline over the past decade. Since 2013, Seattle’s defensive EPA ranking has dropped almost every season: first, third, seventh, seventh, eighth, 15th, 19th, 18th, 22nd, 25th and 29th this season.

Is this decision surprising?

Carroll no longer being head coach is surprising, although the decision isn’t hard to justify. Only six teams have a higher winning percentage than the Seahawks since he took over the team in 2010. He has won a Super Bowl during that span and has come within a yard of winning another . But Seattle has missed the playoffs in three of the last seven seasons and hasn’t won a playoff game since 2019. During that span, Seattle has had high draft picks and made many win-now trades – Jadeveon Clowney in 2019, Jamal Adams in 2020 and Leonard Williams in 2023 – but the team failed to overcome the obstacle. This year’s team had talent but fell short of its goal of championship contention. Michael-Shawn Dugar, Seahawks beat writer


What is Carroll’s legacy

Carroll is the best Seahawks coach in franchise history and is responsible for the team’s only Super Bowl victory and two of their three appearances. He was the architect of one of the greatest defenses of the modern era and established a culture that players loved to be in. Many of Carroll’s former players still live in the area, communicate with him regularly and follow the team like college graduates do. their alma mater. Carroll will almost certainly earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The coach who succeeds Carroll will have huge shoes to fill. — Sufficient

Required reading

  • ‘Pete Carroll is in his own country’: The Seahawks coach’s unique team meetings
  • The Seahawks locker room, with cigars and disappointment, a microcosm of their season
  • Dugar: Seahawks need drastic change no matter how this season ends
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(Photo: Matt Kartozian / USA Today)