The 2-3 Seattle Seahawks travel to Pittsburgh to take on the 2-3 Steelers in a Week 6 matchup of winning franchises and coaches.
— 12s (@12s) October 14, 2021
Coach Pete Carroll has been an NFL coach for 16 years.
12 of those years have been with the Seahawks.
He led the Seahawks to one Super Bowl Championship after the 2013 season though many believe his play calling in the following year’s Super Bowl cost them back-to-back titles.
Carroll will never live down that 4th and goal call.
Anytime a bad call is made, Carroll’s name comes up and the play calls are compared.
They gonna have to answer that 4th down call forever now. That’s almost equivalent to when Pete Carroll didn’t give the ball to Marshawn Lynch on the 1 to win the Super Bowl.
— Shonta (@shonta_alford) January 24, 2021
Carroll’s job security has never been questioned even after a call like that.
Could it be now that the Seahawks are obviously struggling and without Russell Wilson?
Pete Carroll says QB Russell Wilson will go on injured reserve. The earliest he would be eligible to play will now be Week 10.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 15, 2021
Any coach can be on the hot seat at any time, but it appears Carroll is not in danger of getting fired.
Here is why.
He Is A Winning Coach
Russel Wilson is out 6-8 weeks. No problem,they’ll just rely on all the other things they do well under Pete Carroll.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) October 8, 2021
Carroll has won 118 games as the Seahawks head coach.
He has 66 losses and 1 tie.
Carroll has survived and built competitive teams year-after-year.
His “legion of boom” defense was instrumental in the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks made the playoffs all but two of the seasons he was head coach.
His tenure has lifted the Seahawks from a team who rarely experienced success to a regular fixture in the postseason playoffs.
He Is Also Executive Vice-President
Carroll has a dual role with the Seahawks.
In addition to being the head coach, he is also the executive vice-president of football operations.
It is admittedly harder to be on the hot seat when he is working on the field and in the front office.
He Is 70 Years Old
Of course, the NFL is all about what have people done lately.
It is still unlikely that the Seahawks fire Carroll even if 2021 is a bad season.
He is 70 years old and his long tenure with the team has garnered him the respect to leave on his own terms.
An ownership or some other major front office change would be the only thing that would precipitate a firing.
Even then, it is bad public relations as the fan base and city could be angered by such a decision.
Biggest Change For Seahawks
The biggest thing that has affected the Seahawks is that the division they compete in has gotten considerably more talented in recent years.
It used to be practically a given that the Seahawks would win the NFC West division with ease.
Now that the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and the Arizona Cardinals have deeper rosters, the division is a lot more difficult.
Seahawks' upcoming schedule:
Week 6: at Steelers
Week 7: vs. Saints
Week 8: vs. Jaguars
Week 9: bye
Week 10: at Packers
Week 11: vs. Cardinals
Week 12: at Washington
Seattle stands at 2-3, 4th in the NFC West.
Also of importance: the Jets own their 2022 first round pick.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 8, 2021
The Seahawks are currently tied for last place in the division with the 49ers; they are three games behind the Cardinals and two games behind the Rams.
In the end, Carroll’s dual role, experience, and long tenure with the Seahawks will keep him off the hot seat barring some huge catastrophe.