Over the last decade, the Seattle Seahawks have become one of the playoff constants in the NFC. Seattle has guided toward much success over that span behind head coach Pete Carroll‘s steady hand at the helm. With the organization continuing to trend positively, the Seahawks have come to a highly impactful decision.
Pete Carroll has brought stability in Seattle
Since arriving to the franchise before the 2010 season, Pete Carroll has helped guide the Seattle Seahawks to tremendous success.
The Seahawks have become a playoff constant in the stacked NFC with eight playoff appearances with four NFC West division titles. Seattle has secured seven double-digit win campaigns with two trips to the Super Bowl, including the franchise’s first win on that stage.
The organization has reached the NFC divisional round in all but one of their postseason appearances under Carroll. The 69-year-old is the winningest head coach in team history with his 106-60-1 record. Carroll has accomplished that behind his firmly established culture in Seattle, which has been the basis for the team’s success over the first decade with him.
All that has guided the organization to make a sound decision concerning his long-term future.
Seahawks secure long-term extension with Pete Carroll
Throughout much of Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, the franchise has consistently been among the league’s top teams.
The Seahawks have remained firmly on that path in the 2020 campaign, which has helped secure Carroll’s long-term future. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Seattle has agreed to a five-year extension with their longtime head coach on Sunday.
The new deal will also reportedly make him the highest-paid head coach in the league. His previous contract with the team had him signed through the 2021 season. If he coaches three more years, he can become the oldest head coach in NFL history.
The 69-year-old is currently the NFL’s oldest coach with a new deal that will keep him in place through the 2025 season. Before the extension, there were some lingering questions concerning how much longer Carroll would coach given his age.
The decision to keep him aboard will tie him directly to star quarterback Russell Wilson’s future. The Seahawks can now firmly shift their focus toward competing for a Super Bowl in the 2020 campaign.
Seahawks’ strong start to the 2020 season
With Pete Carroll’s contract situation finally handled, the Seahawks will move forward with their entire focus on competing for a Super Bowl this season.
Seattle is currently in the driver’s seat in the NFC West behind winning six out of their first seven games. Their impressive start is led by the MVP-caliber play from star quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson is firmly in the MVP conversation through the first half of the year as he’s first with 26 touchdown passes, seventh with 2,151 passing yards, and first with a 120.7 passer rating. Wilson has been the Seahawks’ driving force toward success in 2020.
His production has helped mask the shortcomings the franchise has had defensively. Wilson has helped elevate his play behind the continued emergence of second-year wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. Heading into Week 9 action, Metcalf was fourth in the league with 680 receiving yards and tied for first with seven receiving touchdowns alongside teammate Tyler Lockett.
If the Seahawks hope to compete for a Super Bowl, it will need their offense to guide the charge. In other words, the franchise will only go as far as their star quarterback can take them.