With the final year of his five-year contract fast-approaching, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a well-deserved new contract that will keep him with the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks through the 2016 season. The three-year deal was announced at a Friday morning press conference at the team's Renton headquarters along the shores of Lake Washington.
"This is a very, very exciting day for the Seattle Seahawks," general manager John Schneider told reporters gathered in the auditorium at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Carroll was originally named Seahawks head coach on Jan. 9, 2010 after a run that saw the club win nine games in two seasons under coaches Mike Holmgren (4-12 in 2008) and Jim Mora (5-11 in 2009). Carroll was coming off a wildly-successful nine-year (2001-09) run in college football at the University of Southern California that included winning back-to-back national championships in 2003 and 2004.
What Carroll and Schneider have accomplished in Seattle in just four years is nothing short of remarkable. Using more than 800 roster moves, they reconstructed the Seahawks in their image, hand-picking talent to assemble one of the NFL's most-competitive, young, deep, and talented rosters.
The pair's process has worked to the tune of three playoff berths in Carroll's first four seasons, with the Seahawks claiming NFC West titles in 2010 and 2013, as well as the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy with a dominant 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII this past February. The win put Carroll in elite company with former Dallas Cowboys coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to capture national championship and Super Bowl titles.
"As a personnel guy, it's outstanding to be able to acquire talent and know that you have a head coach and a coaching staff that are going to accentuate players' strengths and look for the positives," Schneider said. "Coach Carroll obviously does that and it's created a very positive, fun culture here in Seattle."
"None of it would have been able to happen without John," Carroll said of the Seahawks' success. "It's just the facts. When we came here we really set a vision in place that started with the relationship between the two of us. I felt like we had an opportunity to demonstrate to professional sports how powerful, how crucial this relationship is."
Carroll, who at a hard-to-believe-he's-62 is the second-oldest coach in the NFL (the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin is 67), will enter his 21st season in the League this fall. He owns a 77-61 (.558) combined record as head coach at football's highest level in jobs with the Seahawks (2010-present), New England Patriots (1997-99), and New York Jets (1994).
"We haven't done everything like you'd think we would along the way," Carroll added. "We've taken some chances and calculated risks that have basically worked out and we're going to keep doing it and doing it the way we know how to.
"I'm very happy about it and very excited about it and look forward to the future"