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Pete Carroll’s Future With the Seattle Seahawks Is Becoming More Clear

Before Pete Carroll became the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle had missed the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. Since Carroll has taken over, though, the Seahawks have been one of the top teams in the NFL. However, Carroll is now getting up there in age as he just turned 69 years old in September. So, what is his future with the organization? Well, it’s starting to become much more clear.

Pete Carroll has been a great coach for USC and Seattle

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In 1994, Carroll first coached the New York Jets, and they ultimately went 6-10 that year. He then, however, coached the New England Patriots from 1997 through 1999. While he was in New England, the Patriots didn’t have one losing season and they went to the playoffs in two of those three seasons.

In 2001, though, Carroll became the head coach of the USC Trojans, which is where he became a coaching star.

After USC went 6-6 in 2001, the Trojans went 11-2 and won the Orange Bowl during the 2002 season. Then in 2003, USC was even better, as the Trojans went 12-1, won the Rose Bowl, and shared the national championship with LSU.

During the 2004 season, though, USC was one of the most dominant teams of all-time. They went 13-0 that year and won the national championship. Their national title was ultimately stripped due to NCAA violations, though, per The New York Times. USC then continued its dominance in 2005, going 12-1, but they lost in the national championship game to Texas.

Carroll and USC still won during the next few seasons, but in 2010, Carroll returned to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks went 7-9 in each of Carroll’s first two seasons, and made the playoffs in one of those seasons, but they have not had a losing record since then. They have ultimately made the playoffs in eight of Carroll’s first 10 seasons, and they went to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014. Seattle ended up winning it all in 2013.

Carroll went 97-19 in his career at USC and has gone 101-59-1 with the Seahawks through Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.

His future with the Seattle Seahawks is becoming more clear

Pete Carroll has led the Seattle Seahawks to a ton of success. However, he is 69 years old, so what is his future with the Seahawks.
Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field prior to the NFC Wild Card Game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 05, 2020. | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

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According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, sources have said that the Seahawks are beginning to look into signing Carroll to a contract extension.

“Pete Carroll, 69, he will be coaching the Seahawks well into his 70s. I’m told wheels are in motion on a contract extension, nothing imminent, but he wants to stay, they want to keep him,” La Canfora said on That Other Pregame Show on Sept. 20, 2020.

Carroll has one year left on his current deal, according to CBS Sports. Additionally, while Carroll is an older coach at 69 years old, he has reportedly recently discussed his desire to coach well into his 70s.

So, while Carroll might be getting up there age-wise — he isn’t going anywhere.

How good can the Seattle Seahawks be this season?

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If history tells us anything, then the Seattle Seahawks will be in the playoffs yet again this year.

They have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Russell Wilson, some excellent receivers in Tyler Lockett, and D.K. Metcalf, and a talented running back in Chris Carson. The Seahawks also have some excellent pieces on the defensive side of the ball, including Jamal Adams, the All-Pro safety that they acquired from the New York Jets this offseason.

During Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, the Seahawks also showed a different offensive philosophy that could end up making them pretty dangerous, as they were more aggressive from the start of the game. It worked too as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 38-25, and Wilson was pretty much perfect throughout the entire game. He ultimately went 31-of-35 through the air for 322 yards and four touchdowns.

As of this point in the 2020 NFL season, Seahawks fans should be feeling pretty good. Their team looks excellent, and it appears that Pete Carroll is there to stay.

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