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Friday Round-Up: "Pete Carroll Is the Coach Of The Year In The NFL Through Eight Weeks"

Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, November 4 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

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Pete Carroll Is The Midseason Coach Of The Year

Eight games into the season, the NFC West-leading Seahawks have surprised a lot of people this season, even if their confidence level was always high. And as a result, plenty of people responsible for the team's success have been discussed as candidates to win some awards.

Quarterback Geno Smith, the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, is considered a frontrunner for Comeback Player of the Year honors, and is even being mentioned in the MVP discussion, while running back Kenneth Walker and cornerback Tariq Woolen, both NFL Rookie of the Month winners, are strong candidates for Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

There's also a great case to be made for Pete Carroll and John Schneider to earn Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year for the first time. Schneider not only oversaw a phenomenal draft that netted six starters, so far, he also signed Uchenna Nwosu as a free agent, re-signed Geno Smith as a free agent, and made the tough decision to trade Russell Wilson, netting a big haul of draft picks and player. Carroll, meanwhile, showed confidence in Smith that not many outside of the building had, he empowered rookies to take on big roles, and perhaps most importantly, he oversees a culture that brings out the best in people.

And with that in mind, The Ringer's Sheil Kapadia, who spent a couple of year on the Seahawks beat with ESPN, named Carroll his midseason Coach of the Year on the Extra Point Taken podcast.

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Tariq Woolen & Kenneth Walker III Earn NFL Rookie Of The Month Honors

Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III and cornerback Tariq Woolen were named the NFL's offensive and defensive rookies of the month for October.

Kapadia calls himself out for all the things he got wrong about the Seahawks, criticizing decisions to start Smith or to start rookies at both tackle positions, then says, "Well guess what, through eight weeks, the Seahawks are 5-3 and in first place in the NFC West, on Sunday they beat the Giant 27-13, and there were a few moments in this game that really stood out to me.

"Pete Carroll is the coach of the year in the NFL through eight weeks."

Kapadia makes the case for Carroll not just because of Seattle being in first place, but some of the moments he saw in Sunday's win over the Giants, including Carroll's aggressiveness on fourth down on a first-half touchdown drive, as well as a moment that as Kapadia put it, "spoke to culture to me," Tyler Lockett's dropped touchdown, the reaction that followed, then his touchdown catch on Seattle's next drive.

"What do you see on the sideline, you see Carroll, you see Geno Smith, you see veterans, everyone going up to Tyler Lockett," Kapadia said. "Not only that, they call a double move for him against Adoree' Jackson, who's having a great game until then. Lockett smokes him down the right sideline, Geno Smith throws another dime, touchdown Tyler Lockett."

Kapadia also points out Carroll's fourth-quarter penalty for accidentally running into an official while celebrating a play, saying, "You can see it on Pete Carroll's face, he loves coaching this team… You know what team plays with more joy than maybe anyone in the NFL? The Seattle Seahawks."

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