Pete Carroll is named executive vice president of football operations and head coach. Carroll returns to the NFL after spending the previous nine years at USC, where his teams won seven Pac-10 titles and two national championships while compiling a 97-19 record. In five seasons, Carroll has led the Seahawks to three NFC West titles, four playoff berths and the franchise's first Super Bowl championship.
Tom Catlin announces that he will remain with the Seahawks as assistant head coach/defense on Tom Flores' staff. Also, Rusty Tillman is promoted from special teams coach to defensive coordinator; Paul Moyer from staff assistant to defensive backfield coach; and Russ Purnell from tight end/assistant special teams coach to special teams/tight end coach.
Marshawn Lynch runs for a franchise playoff-record 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks jump to a 16-0 lead in a divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints and hold on for a 23-15 victory at CenturyLink Field. The All-Pro safety tandem of Kam Chancellor (14) and Earl Thomas (11) combine for 25 tackles to pace the defensive effort that helps send the Seahawks to the NFC Championship game.