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Carroll has new three-year deal, says Seahawks in middle of a run

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 4, 2014 at 11:37 am with 12 Comments »
April 4, 2014 3:01 pm
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider had a lot of positive things to say about each other Friday. / AP photo
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider had a lot of positive things to say about each other Friday. / AP photo

The Pete Carroll-John Schneider love-in has concluded.

Carroll has a new three-year deal which runs through 2016. This is a new deal, not an extension of the old one.

Carroll and Schneider reiterated at the VMAC on Friday much of what they have said in the past. Their relationship is crucial, has worked the way they hoped and that they are thrilled to continue it.

Both were jovial, as would be expected. Schneider said he thought Carroll can now be viewed as one of the best football coaches in history. Carroll projected Schneider could one day be the most powerful general manager in sports.

“I feel very humbled and fortunate,” Carroll said. “It’s a day of gratitude for me.”

Carroll, 62, said he feels like the Seahawks are “right in the middle” of a run.

“The most important thing that happens is we rediscover every year — not just this year because it’s a Super Bowl year — every year we rediscover the work ethic that makes us who we are,” Carroll said. “That starts with the commitment our players have made to make this the greatest offseason of their life.

“We treat people in a manner, I think, that we can ask of them to give us everything they possibly have. It’s a fantastic opportunity to go for this. Yeah, one time’s cool and we’re excited and all that, but to come back and figure out a way to show you can do it again, it’s another tremendous challenge we’re faced with now. Russell (Wilson) and the fellas are ready to go. They can’t wait to get back.”

Carroll said that when he met with former Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke in Los Angeles in 2010 to discuss possibly coming to the Seahawks, Leiweke told him he could be coach and general manager. Carroll declined the latter, saying, “I knew I couldn’t do that.”

“I was having the time of my life at USC,” Carroll said. “However, I always knew there was another challenge out there. I didn’t think there would ever be a situation where an organization, starting at the top, where they would trust us to do whatever we needed to do to get the job done. I had heard from other clubs at the time where they would say this and that …they would be willing to give you the authority, the opportunity to run the program the way you wanted to run it. But, when, I talked with Tod, he extended the message from Paul (Allen) that they wanted that to happen. They wanted to see the change. They wanted to open up the doors in every way they could to make it possible that we could run the program.”

Carroll continued to say how grateful he was, referring to the new contract as a statement that the he, Schneider and the organization are all in it together. He lauded Schneider for his ability to search out and analyze players. He spoke about how his approach isn’t typical, yet is one he learned would work at USC and he was thrilled he could extrapolate it to the NFL.

“We haven’t done everything like you think we would, along the way,” Carroll said. “We’ve taken some chances and we’ve taken calculated risks that basically worked out.”

The result of that approach has been two division titles and a Super Bowl championship in four seasons, and now a new contract for Carroll.

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  1. Man this is great. I hope JS is under contract for the next few years also.
    I am sure this is also meaningful to the players that the seahawks intend to extend. Go Hawks

  2. yankinta says:

    How much did he get paid?? How much?? How much?? lol

    who cares about Paul Allen’s money right? He gets a ton of tax payer’s money, every year, when he doesn’t really need it…

  3. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Let’s just say he won’t ever have to work at McDonalds.

  4. Even if he he did, he’d compete.

  5. So ripped up this year and then re-did it and added 2 extra ones on?

  6. Wish it would have been longer, we will be right back here in 2 years, he’ll be almost 65 with 3 Super Bowls under his belt and looking for another challenge in “retirement.”

  7. jawpeace says:

    Pope, that is what I was thinking… Wish it was longer. I wonder if he is eying retirement in three years. Oh well I will enjoy him as coach while we have him. The only positive I can see from such a short contract is that the current coaches might be thinking, hmmm why go else where when I can stay here and maybe become head coach in three years.

  8. Southendzone says:

    His next challenge at age 65 will be getting his AARP card and preferred parking in front of every Applebees restaurant.

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    I’m hearing 9 million a year which if that proves to be the case will make him the highest paid coach in the NFL. Sorry no link yet…Go Hawks.

  10. Southendzone says:

    They need to leak a really high number per year, just so Jim Harbaugh gets really pissed off about it.

    Leak that there’s a poison pill escalator in his contract so any time Harbaugh gets a raise, Carroll gets an immediate corresponding bump in pay.

  11. juliusvrooder says:

    This isn’t the end of good news either. Sources say there is a huge announcement coming up, pre-draft…

  12. CDHawkFan says:

    I have to believe they sign ET and RS long term in the next month, and possibly DB.

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