Pete Carroll’s Surprising Decision: Stepping Down as Seahawks Coach

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Pete Carroll Steps Down as Seattle Seahawks Head Coach After 10 Years

Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll had a rollercoaster relationship during their time together in Seattle. However, the quarterback and coach duo achieved significant success, including winning a Super Bowl. On Wednesday, Carroll held a press conference to confirm that he fought hard to remain the Seahawks head coach but ultimately decided to step down.

Carroll is expected to continue working with the organization in an advisory role. After news of Carroll’s departure broke, Wilson took to social media to express his gratitude for their time together.

Fond Farewell from Russell Wilson

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson before a game

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson (Chris Unger/Getty Images)

“One of the Greatest Ever,” Wilson wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “‘Keep Shooting’ Coach. Grateful for the memories. Pete Carroll Best is Ahead.”

A Successful Partnership

Carroll played a pivotal role in selecting Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Despite being a rookie, Wilson was named the starting quarterback thanks to Carroll’s belief in his abilities. Wilson even earned a Pro Bowl selection in his first year in the league.

Change in Role for Carroll

Seahawks chair Jody Allen released a statement announcing that Carroll’s role within the organization would change.

Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball

Carroll was the oldest active head coach in the NFL this year at 72 years old. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Allen expressed gratitude for Carroll’s numerous accomplishments and stated that his leadership and championship culture would remain integral to the organization moving forward.

A Legacy of Success

Carroll leaves behind a legacy as the winningest coach in Seahawks history. He led the team to its first Super Bowl victory and had a tremendous impact over his 14-year tenure. Allen emphasized that Carroll would always be a beloved member of the Seahawks family.

Pete Carroll throws passes before a game

Head coach Pete Carroll steps away from the sideline with a 170-120-1 overall record between the Seahawks, Patriots, and Jets. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

At 72 years old, Carroll was the oldest active head coach in the NFL. His overall record of 170-120-1 across the Seahawks, New England Patriots, and New York Jets showcases his success and longevity in the league.

Rumors and Denials

Last February, Wilson denied reports that he had called for Carroll’s job while still with the Seahawks. The Athletic had claimed that Wilson wanted Carroll and general manager John Schneider fired, a few weeks before Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos. The report also mentioned Wilson’s preference for Sean Payton as Carroll’s replacement.

It’s important to note that these rumors were denied and remain speculative.

As the Seahawks embark on a new era without Carroll at the helm, fans and players alike will remember his contributions to the team’s success. The legacy of Wilson and Carroll’s partnership will be etched in Seahawks history as they move forward into an uncertain but promising future.