Here’s our early story on the news of a contract extension for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll:
As the first coach in team history to win a Super Bowl, Pete Carroll’s job with the Seahawks was beyond secure.
Still, the original five-year deal Carroll signed when he left USC in 2010 to come to Seattle was due to run out following the 2014 season.
That won’t be an issue now, however, as the Seahawks have called a press conference for Friday morning at 10:30 to announce an extension for Carroll, a league source confirmed to the Times. NFL.com was first to report the news.
Carroll signed a five-year deal worth a reported $35 million when he left USC in 2010 to come to Seattle, an average of $7 million a season that reportedly ranks tied for third in the NFL behind only the $8 million per season of Sean Payton of New Orleans and the $7.5 million of Bill Belichick of New England.
Carroll had been asked several times in recent months about an extension but evaded the topic, saying simply “I’m doing great.’’
Extending Carroll ensures that the team’s braintrust will stay intact for a while as the Seahawks quietly last year extended general manager John Schneider through the 2016 season. Schneider also came to Seattle prior to the 2010 season and has worked in lockstep with Carroll to bring the franchise to unprecedented heights.
Carroll, who turned 62 on Sept. 15, led Seattle to a 13-3 regular season record in 2013, tied for the best in franchise history, and then a run through the playoffs that culminated in a 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. That was Seattle’s first Super Bowl win in only its second appearance in 38 years as a franchise.
Carroll is 43-28 in four seasons with the Seahawks, the third-most wins of any Seattle head coach following Mike Holmgren (90-80) and Chuck Knox (83-67). His winning percentage is the best in team history. Carroll’s winning percentage in all games of .605 is also best in franchise history.
His success with Seattle, which will be reflected in a new deal sure to keep him near, if not at the top, of the coaching salaries in the NFL, has served as some redemption for Carroll, who was fired in two earlier NFL head coaching stops with the New York Jets (1994) and New England Patriots (1997-99).
He revived his career with a standout run at USC from 2001-09 in which he went 97-19 and won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08).
Carroll was hired following the firing of Jim Mora — Holmgren’s successor — who lasted just one season. Carroll has led Seattle to the playoffs in three of his four seasons, including NFC West titles in 2010 and 2013.