The Seattle Seahawks are expected to move on from long-time head coach Pete Carroll, according to reports. This is a somewhat surprising move and will result in the only expected head coaching vacancy in the NFC West moving into the 2024 offseason. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
A shocker in Seattle: Pete Carroll is expected to be out as the Seahawks head coach, per sources. He still could remain in the organization, but not as the head coach. pic.twitter.com/fh4Jo8oMlk— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2024
Carroll, hired by the Seahawks in 2010, was the longest tenured head coach in the NFC West ahead of Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan who joined the division in 2017. He led Seattle to a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII and came up just one play short of a second-consecutive championship the year after with the infamous Malcolm Butler interception at the goal line to seal the win for the New England Patriots.
According to Schefter, Carroll could potentially move to a new role within the organization but he will no longer serve as the head coach for the franchise. At 72 years old he was the oldest leading man in the NFL this season. Bill Belichick was just a year behind Carroll, though Belichick is also dealing with job security questions of his own with the New England Patriots.
If Carroll does end up in the front office, it would suggest that ownership isn’t displeased with his performance. The team could look at Carroll’s age and long tenure and want to pair a younger head coach with the quarterback of the future.
Could a promotion be in store for offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, who was a member of Sean McVay’s original coaching staff with the Los Angeles Rams back in 2017?