Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is headed into the final year of his contract in 2016 after leading the franchise to new heights.
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Seahawks, Carroll Working On New Deal
Friday, Feb. 26
It looks as though the team wants to keep Carroll in Seattle, as it is "working with him on an extension," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Friday.
In six seasons with the Seahawks, Carroll holds a 60-36 record and has led the team to five playoff appearances, two NFC championships and one Super Bowl title.
That's quite a turnaround for a franchise that made it to the playoffs 10 times in the previous 34 seasons.
After originally signing a five-year, $35 million deal in 2010, per Spotrac, Carroll became a wealthy man in Seattle.
That kind of pay will continue in a new deal, per Rapoport:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Pete Carroll was one of the three highest-paid coaches in @NFL under his current deal. Imagine that continues in the new deal in the works2016-2-26 20:55:14
Even with all the success, his most famous coaching decision was a questionable one at the end of Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Driving for the go-ahead score, the Seahawks were just a few yards away from their second straight championship.
Instead of running the ball, Carroll called for a pass, and the Patriots were Super Bowl champions, via the NFL:
#SB49: @Patriots vs. @Seahawks Malcolm Butler's goal line INT! #SBGoldenPlay https://t.co/0SFyp4kPSC2016-1-27 17:30:08
Carroll already has a number of challenges lying ahead of him, as his team isn't the class of the conference anymore.
The emergence of the high-flying Arizona Cardinals offense is a direct threat to the Seahawks defense in the NFC West. Arizona had the second-best passing offense in the NFL on its way to a division title last year, ending Seattle's two-year run.
The Seahawks settled for a 10-6 record and wild-card berth in the 2015 playoffs, where they ran into the buzzsaw that was the Carolina Panthers, the team that represented the NFC in Super Bowl 50. Cam Newton and Co. also look like early candidates to stifle the Seahawks next year.
Carroll will also have to get used to life without running back Marshawn Lynch, who announced his retirement on Twitter during Super Bowl 50:
Shawn Lynch @MoneyLynch
✌🏿 https://t.co/wesip4IhOR2016-2-8 02:46:44
That means getting the most out of Thomas Rawls, who Carroll expects to be the new starter in Seattle, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune.
The fact that they are working on a new deal shows that the Seahawks are confident in Carroll's ability to lead the team back to the top of the NFL. With one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Russell Wilson, and a defense that is capable of winning games on its own, Seattle should be in contention next season.
It will be up to Carroll, though, to show that he's worth a new deal by outcoaching the opposition and finding a way past the newest crop of contenders.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.