Pete Carroll is responsible for one of the biggest turnarounds in the NFL since becoming the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. In only four years with the franchise, the Seahawks went from the doldrums of the NFC West to Super Bowl champions.
Now the 62-year-old head coach is being rewarded for his efforts, as he has reportedly come to terms with Seattle on an extension, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Source: #Seahawks reach an agreement with coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension. Will be announced at a press conference tomorrow— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2014
The Seahawks confirmed the new deal on the team's website.
The Herald's John Boyle showed John Schneider announcing the deal:
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the extension is for three years:
Seahawks gave HC Pete Carroll a new three-year agreement.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2014
Rapoport provided numbers from Carroll's previous contract:
#Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s original 5-year, $35M contract ran through 2014. After winning a Super Bowl, he gets an extension tomorrow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2014
Rapoport also noted where this places Carroll on the NFL head coaching pay scale:
Following the announcement, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports provided his thoughts on the two sides coming to an agreement:
Seahawks press conference tomorrow is regarding a contract extension for Pete Carroll, as @RapSheet said. Deserved.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 4, 2014
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News also offered his take on the deal for Carroll, which he believes will rile up rival head coach Jim Harbaugh:
Let's see what Carroll gets. But it's very likely that whatever it is, Harbaugh will want much, much more.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 4, 2014
Dave Mahler of 950 AM KJR adds a bit of detail about Carroll's age and the deal:
Carroll locked in now through 2017. Will be 66 at end of extension— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) April 4, 2014
Carroll's success with the Seahawks has been built through smart decisions in personnel and drafting the right players for his system. Elite players like quarterback Russell Wilson, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were all overlooked in the draft, but Carroll took a chance on each of them that paid off.
After experiencing the most successful season in Seattle history, he spoke about his plans for the offseason, per Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated:
We set a direction on having the greatest offseason of our lives, individually. That doesn’t mean you cant go out and have fun and live the life. You can work out and still be on the Tonight Show. The most important thing that will happen is if we can recapture the work ethic that made us what we are. Nothing else really matters.
If a guy’s not having the best offseason of his life, he’s going to get beat out, I think. That’s kind of the way we roll.
Will Carroll continue his success with the Seahawks?
For Carroll, this extension and the security that comes with it is well deserved. Carroll is now with his third NFL team after relatively short and unsuccessful tenures with the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the 1990s.
Confidence is teeming on the Seahawks following the Super Bowl victory, and it's clear Carroll won't be taking his foot off the gas during the 2014 season.
Thanks to a talented cast like Wilson and Marshawn Lynch on offense along with Sherman and Earl Thomas still on the roster, it's hard to imagine the Seahawks not being the preseason favorite yet again.
After completely turning around the franchise, the pressure is now on Carroll to continue rattling off winning seasons. With several other contracts due in the years to come on the star players, Carroll's cast might change, but the success on the field won't.
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