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Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks' Pete Carroll Ranked No. 5 NFL Coach for 2023 by Pro Football Talk

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ranks his Top-10 coaches league-wide, with Coach Carroll at No.5.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, July 19 — about your Seattle Seahawks

With the 2023 season approaching, Pro Football Talk NFL insider Mike Florio ranks the Top-10 head coaches league-wide. Florio breaks down why Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll comes in at No. 5, and why Seattle's success won't stop anytime soon.

In 2022, the Seahawks finished the regular season 9-8 before making an NFC Wild Card appearance, marking winning season No.10 for Carroll in Seattle. Since departing the University of Southern California for the Pacific-Northwest in 2010, Carroll has recorded 8 double-digit win seasons. Carroll is just one-of-four coaches to win a National College Football Championship and a Super Bowl ring and his 172 wins rank him No.3 amongst all active coaches. Florio goes into detail about why Carroll's resume and history as a player-coach continue to make him an upper-echelon leader.

Florio says in his post:

The idea for a top-10 list of NFL coaches came from a segment two weeks ago on KJR radio in Seattle. Dick Fain pointed out that one of the various slow-time lists omitted Seahawks coach Pete Carroll from the ten best coaches.

Is Carroll a top-10 coach? He asked me.

The problem with answering that question in a vacuum is that, once you get through all 32 teams, you'll have 20 top-10 coaches.

So I started making a list, focusing just on the top 10. And, yes, Carroll absolutely gets a spot. He has a high spot. As the headline to this blurb reveals, he's No. 5.

With 161 regular-season career wins and 172 total victories including the postseason, Carroll is moving toward the top 10 in both all-time lists. Last year, he passed Hall of Famers Joe Gibbs and Bud Grant. Over the next year or two, Carroll will likely catch Hall of Famer Bill Parcells.Carroll, who coached the Jets and Patriots before becoming a college-football legend at USC, has seen his best NFL work come in Seattle. He quickly turned a franchise that had fallen post-Super Bowl XL into a champion and perennial contender. Currently, he's in the process of nudging a new-age Seattle team back to the top of the mountain, with the Seahawks entering 2023 in the second cut of contenders behind the Eagles and 49ers in the NFC.

Carroll has done it largely with defense and a balanced offense. Tensions with Russell Wilson, who craved the chance to be a Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen-style quarterback, resulted in a divorce that for years seemed to be inevitable. And the Seahawks are better for it. The credit for that should flow to Carroll. He'll likely stay put as long as he wants. Even as he closes in on 72, he moves and acts on the field like a far younger man. They've been one of the best teams in the NFL since Carroll arrived, and they'll likely stay there for as long as he sticks around.

The NFC's longest-tenured coach enters Year 13 with Seattle, with a surplus of new talent in tow via the offseason. As Carroll approaches a new season, there seems to be no shortage of faith in his ability to lead Seattle back to the promised land.

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