If Pete Carroll does leave, who’s the next coach of the Seahawks?
Who could take Pete Carroll’s place? Two coordinators pop up
Frank Reich. Another offense-minded guy, Reich was a classic blue-collar quarterback. He only got 20 starts during his 13 year NFL career, but he was a smart, gutsy quarterback. A lot like the kid he coaches now for Philadelphia, Carson Wentz. Except Frank had about one-tenth the talent. Reich has been the offensive coordinator for two pretty productive offenses in the past four years, the Chargers and the Eagles.
With Reich as the quarterbacks coach in 2013, Phillip Rivers had his best season ever. He’s certainly had a hand in the development of Carson Wentz in Philadelphia, too. Personally, I’d pass on him, but his record could get him a look.
Matt Patricia. Since we’re going defense, you all thought I’d stick with the Eagles and look at their defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. I’ve got two words for you: Detroit Lions. Yes, Philly has a great defense. They also have crazy talent. That’s a luxury Patricia does not have in New England. The Patriots defense has eight players out on injured reserve. As we know in Seattle, that’s a lot to overcome.
After getting tuned up for 42 points in week one by the Kansas City Chiefs (yes, the Chiefs were great for six weeks), New England has held opponents to an average of under 18 points per game. That’s seventh best in the league. The Patriots rank fifth in the league in red zone defense. Yes, Patricia can coach. Unless it’s really Belichick. That uncertainty may explain why Patricia hasn’t gotten a shot at head coach yet.