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Pete Carroll makes it clear he intends to return as Seahawks head coach

After the Seattle Seahawks narrowly missed the playoffs, head coach Pete Carroll quickly erased any doubt about his coaching future next season.

The 72-year-old voiced that he plans on being back for his 15th season with the Seahawks.

“I plan to be coaching this team,” Carroll said on his Seattle Sports 710 AM radio show a day after the Seahawks’ season ended with a win over the Arizona Cardinals via ESPN. “I told you that I love these guys and that’s what I would like to be doing and see how far I can go. I’m not worn out. I’m not tired. I’m not any of that stuff. I need to do a better job and I need to help my coaches more and we need to do a better job of coaching, and there’s a lot of area for improvement.”


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Carroll remains the NFL’s oldest head coach, which has led to yearly chatter about him heading into retirement. However, he has no desire to step away, especially with his current contract running through the 2025 season.

The Seahawks are coming off missing the playoffs for the fourth time in 14 seasons under Carroll. It also marked the second time in the last three years that the team failed to reach that mark.


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Seattle will likely move forward with Geno Smith as the starting quarterback despite the offense ranking 21st. Meanwhile, the defense also struggled to find consistency ranking 30th.

Carroll and the front office will have a busy offseason ahead to improve the overall roster to push back into playoff contention.

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