Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll Moves to Advisory Role, Opening Door for Successor

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – After a successful 14-season tenure, Pete Carroll has stepped down as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. At 72 years old, Carroll has chosen to transition into an advisory role, allowing for the appointment of a successor. Despite a lack of recent postseason success, Carroll’s leadership resulted in the team making it to the playoffs in 10 out of his 14 years at the helm.

As the search for the Seahawks’ next head coach commences, several candidates have emerged as viable options. Here are five individuals who could potentially fill the role:

First on the list is Ben Johnson, the current offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. Known for his innovative and quarterback-friendly systems, Johnson’s expertise could usher in a new era of forward-thinking strategy in Seattle.

Following closely is Mike Vrabel, the former head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Despite his ousting from Tennessee, Vrabel’s track record of leading the team to three playoff runs in four years makes him an attractive candidate. Additionally, his defensive skills would be a valuable asset to the Seahawks’ struggling defense.

Shane Waldron, the Seahawks’ current offensive coordinator, presents another compelling option. With a history of success under Sean McVay in Los Angeles, Waldron has seamlessly guided the team through the transition from Russell Wilson to Geno Smith as their starting quarterback. If not offered the top coaching position, Waldron may pursue high-profile coordinator opportunities elsewhere.

Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, offers a unique opportunity for rivalry-turned-success. Despite his contentious history with Carroll both in college and the NFL, Harbaugh’s success on the West Coast and the Seahawks’ competitive roster make for an intriguing match.

Finally, Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, has a significant connection to Carroll and the Seahawks. Having served as Carroll’s defensive coordinator during the “Legion of Boom” era, Quinn’s familiarity with the team and their defensive needs could make him a strong contender for the head coaching position.

Though Carroll’s departure signals the end of an era for the Seahawks, the team is now faced with the opportunity to build upon their previous successes. With a variety of potential candidates to choose from, Seattle’s decision will undoubtedly shape the future of the franchise.