The Seattle Seahawks need to make changes this offseason and one could be to replace Pete Carroll. While this is unlikely to happen as Carroll has a lot of power within the organization, maybe Carroll decides to step down. Should the Seahawks hire a defensive-minded coach, like Carroll, to replace him?
The entire NFC West has changed coaches since Carroll came to Seattle in 2010 except the Seahawks. The current group of coaches in the division all come from offensive backgrounds and they seem to be good at directing good offenses now.
But Seattle over the last decade has made a point of trying to zig when others zag. And the argument could be made that a way to improve their current place in the NFC West (which is last, of course) is to hire a coach that knows how to stop the offenses they face 6 times a year instead of trying to join the arms race of getting much better offensively and then hoping the defense is pretty good too.
5 defensive-minded coaches who could replace Pete Carroll for the Seattle Seahawks
To be fair, the Seahawks need a whole new coaching staff (except for maybe special teams coach Larry Izzo) as coordinators Ken Norton, Jr. and Shane Waldron appear to not be good at their jobs. Waldron seems to be a colossal mistake of a hire as offensive coordinator this past offseason. Norton, Jr. has led a mediocre Seattle defense for four years now. (Yes, Seattle is top-ten in points allowed this year but they also let teams eat up 35 minutes of clock a game and can’t get teams off the field on third down.)
The good thing is, whoever and whenever Seattle hires a new head coach that coach will want to bring in their own coordinators and people they trust. So removing Carroll means removing Waldron and Norton, Jr. too. But Carroll is also VP of Football Operations so he might need to step down as coach instead of simply being terminated.
Here are five coaches who could replace Carroll.