Pete Carroll has always been a guy who campaigns to help get his coaches promotions with other teams. It’s part of his philosophy. It’s also why a lot of coaches want to work for him. If you look at his tenure at USC, there was always this constant turnover on his coaching staff as guys left to take promotions elsewhere.
That is what is now happening to the Seahawks. Pete Carroll brought in (or retained from Mora’s staff, as is the case with Bradley) some great coaches. The Seahawks have been successful, so now those coaches are getting looked for head coaching positions around the league.
Here’s what’s going on this week:
Oct 30, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. The Bengals defeated the Seahawks 34-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley
Bradley is in Philadelphia today interviewing for the 2nd time with the Eagles for their head coaching vacancy. The Eagles have interviewed 12 coaches to replace Andy Reid, and only Bradley so far has been called back for a second interview.
Bradley has been considered the “front runner” ever since Brian Kelly decided he wanted to stay at Notre Dame. Earlier today, Sirius NFL Radio said it was done, but then later changed their report and said they were only commenting on a rumor. From what I’m hearing, though, This will likely get to during today’s interview. I expect him to be officially named the Eagle’s head coach in the next couple days.
Bradley is also supposed to interview with the Chargers later this week, but I doubt he ever makes it to San Diego.
Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell
Bevell has also been invited back for a 2nd interview, but his promotion to head coach seem like much less of a sure thing. Bevell is headed to Chicago at some point this week to interview to become the head coach of the Bears.
But unlike Bradley, he’s not the only one getting a second interview. Marc Trestman and Bruce Arians have both been invited back as well. All 3 are good offensive minds and considered innovators. It is clear what Chicago is looking for in a head coach this time around.
I’ve been hearing that Trestman, who most recent coaches in Canada, is the front runner. I’m not sure if I believe that or not, as it has been tough to tell if that is coming from reports from inside the Bears organization, or just more noise from Jimmy Johnson’s mistaken report that Trestman was hired a week ago. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
What it means for the Seahawks
Very little. As I said above, this type of thing is built into Pete Carroll’s philosophy. He’ll have plenty of good coaches standing in line to get a chance to join his staff. The system wont change significantly, just the people who are running it will change.
Pete could even promote from within. Both Ken Norton Jr. and Rocky Seto are defensive coaches that are ready to be defensive coordinators, and both would do an excellent job in my opinion. On offense, handing the reigns over to Tom Cable would also make a ton of sense.
Either way, whether Carroll promotes from within or hires coaches from outside the organization, we can expect that things wont change significantly in the Seahawks scheme or playing style. When it comes to coaches, Pete Carroll is an expert at just reloading his staff and moving on.