The Seattle Seahawks enter the 2023 season with renewed hopes.
While some expected the team to falter when Russell Wilson was traded away, they flourished in 2022, making the playoffs.
This was largely due to the unexpected brilliance of Geno Smith, who has taken the reins as the starting quarterback.
Pete Carroll was recently asked by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated about their chances for this season.
Carroll responded, “I’m opening the door for them,” adding, “It’s wide open.”
He also indicated that he’s not going anywhere.
“I don’t know, I don’t give a s— about any of that,” Carroll said, grinning. “They’re going to have to work really hard to run me out of here right now. I’m having too much fun.”
Pete Carroll tells @AlbertBreer with the team he has, there’s no need for any sort of exit strategy now in Seattle. “I don’t know, I don’t give a s— about any of that,” the 71-year-old says, grinninghttps://t.co/DJU6BYElUM
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) August 16, 2023
Carroll is 71 years old, and many around the league believe he is still one of the best head coaches.
During his time as head coach, the Seahawks have won a Super Bowl, and have made the playoffs ten times since 2010.
While the team might look different than the ‘Legion of Boom’ days, Carroll seems committed to this roster.
Smith was largely a career backup before accepting the starting job, and he’s taken full control of the offense.
In his first season as the Seahawks’ leader, Smith was among the league leaders in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Carroll and the front office have dedicated further resources to him, taking Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the first round of this year’s draft.
Their defense has also gotten stronger, mainly due to the unexpected brilliance of some of their youngest players.
Tariq Woolen came out of nowhere in 2022, ending the season as a Defensive Rookie of the Year finalist.
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