Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates after winning Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks won 43-8. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll poorly ranked at No. 7 on NFL Head Coach Power Rankings


Coaching a team to a Super Bowl championship doesn’t necessarily mean you are the best coach in the league, according to NFL.com’s latest “Head Coach Power Rankings.”

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was ranked at No. 7, surprisingly low in my opinion.

The coaches ranked ahead of him went in this order:

  1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
  2. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
  3. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers
  4. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
  5. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
  6. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
  7. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

The criteria of the ranking isn’t really mentioned by NFL Media Analyst Elliot Harrison, who compiled the list.

I have to think Carroll is a top-5 coach at the least, but Harrison defends his decision to keep Carroll at the seven spot with this comment:

Yes, Seahawks fans, we realize Carroll won it all. So has every coach remaining — save for Jim Harbaugh. So why is Carroll ranked beneath his rival? Because Seattle went 7-9 in each of Carroll’s first two seasons with Seattle. He also trails Harbaugh in the head-to-head series, four games to three. However, if Carroll gets his club back to at least the NFC Championship Game, he might fly past Harbaugh and vie for the spot just below Belichick.

While what Harrison says is all true, he fails to mention that one of those 7-9 records led to an NFC West title, the first of two Carroll has captured as the leader of the Seahawks.

Carroll also has a 38-26 record with a 5-2 postseason record in Seattle. The Seahawks have made it to the playoffs in three of the four years Carroll has been head coach.

In the two seasons before Carroll came to the Emerald City, the Seahawks were a combined 9-23. Now they are Super Bowl champions.

Harrison mentioned that Carroll is 3-4 against Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers, another reason to justify Carroll’s ranking.

However, one of those wins was in an NFC title game with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. The other two wins were absolute blowout victories in which the Seahawks outscored San Francisco 71-16.

NFL.com never mentions that.

Regardless, Carroll will be looking to lead the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl for just the third time in franchise history.

Training camp will be underway next week and the regular season is now fewer than two months away.

It can’t come soon enough.

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  • JohnPaul Sein

    Once again our Seahawks will never get any respect until we dominate the entire league for like 4 years in a row… now that should garner some respect.. I can’t wait for that lol

  • johntheonly

    After a landslide of criticism when Coach Pete first arrived, to the “average/mediocre” previous pro coaching label in the NFL, the writer neither knows nor investigates very deeply into the sequence of events from the time Carroll started with New England, to the present day. While I have no argument with the choices of other coaches on the list, a coach’s first job at the NFL level is to motivate, encourage, and ultimately inspire his players to play at their top level. He is the “right guy at the right time” sort of head coach who with John Schneider and a whirlwind of changes in the first two years with Seattle, managed to change the whole culture and concept of Seahawks’ football; from a pass first offense and a bend-don’t-break defense, to a determined ground attack and a speed defense which shakes up every opponent. So while I myself am not much into coaching rankings, and am happy to let PC be the underdog, what he has accomplished here in Seattle is nothing short of remarkable. We love the guy, and so do the players.

  • ecointeractive

    I think it is fair. They had a criterion, which was to look at the Body of Work and they were consistent with how they applied it. If you measure it as a “Body of Work”, then he is ranked about right. Like they said in the piece, if they get back to the Super Bowl, then he is vying for #1. ……

  • DRRL

    What skews the assessment of Carroll’s Seattle tenure is that, in those first two 7-9 seasons, he inherited a club with zero Pro Bowl players, and below-average players in every unit. Jim Harbaugh inherited a team that was already stocked with superior athletes, but who lacked team chemistry. To Harbaugh’s credit, he got them to gel. To Carroll’s (and Schneider’s) credit, they totally repopulated virtually the entire roster those first two years, while also insisting that any newcomer “buy in” to to the team philosophy. Which of those two scenarios requires greater coaching acumen?.

  • aicdragon29 .

    Schneider and Carroll rebuilt the team almost entirely from the ground up. The 9ers had been heavy favorites to win the West the year the Hawks went 7-9 and won the West. Granted the division title had much more to do with the failures of the 9ers than the Seahawks play… and also was not a Harbaugh coached team. But that is the point. San Fran was a fairly stacked team that Harbaugh inherited(which one of the other commentors did elude to already).

    Something else that is overlooked is that the year the Hawks went 11-5 and was one of the most feared teams at the end of the season, that team was picked by mamy outlets to go 6-10 and was widely criticized for their choices in the draft. As well as much of the All pro talent that many experts consider to be a stacked roster, was regarded as or projected to be late round draft busts. So because Carroll and Schneider did over 260 plus moves the first year… something virtually unheard of… worked their magic and got the BEST possible play out of athletes that were drafted in a class that was graded a C- or worse(bleacher report gave them an F)… and now some of those guys are regarded as one of the best, if not the best at their respected position. Earl Thomas was considered too small… now the premier Free Safety in the league… Russell Wilson too small as well… we know the tale of the tape on this part of the story.

    But now that theyre world champions and considered a stacked and deep roster, they gloss over the coaching and just regard it as a stacked roster? He took a Seahawks roster that went from being in the Super Bowl and over the next 5 or so years brought in high priced(or held onto the ones they already had) athletes past their prime and many in the twilights of their careers, completely dismantled it and took athletes considered nobodys and or a bunch of misfits and turned them into champions. Definately not cuz of the coaching. Just a stacked roster… right.