Monday is the day known as Black Monday in the NFL because it is the day some teams decide to terminate their head coaches. This happens every season the day after the regular season ends. The Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to fire head coach Pete Carroll, but there is a chance he could step down.
In a report from NFL.com on Sunday, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport wrote that the Seahawks "always are evaluating and updating contingency plans in the event longtime coach Pete Carroll, now 72 years old, decides to walk away." Carroll might simply choose to commit full-time to the Vice President of Football Operations job he has with Seattle.
Again, the likelihood of Carroll not being Seattle's head coach in 2024 is low. But just as the Seahawks do, we should at least have a contingency plan of who might take his place. At least one of the coaches to follow won't be truly well-liked by most 12s either.
No. 1 - Eric Bieniemy should be the Seattle Seahawks next head coach
If Seattle is going to make a head coaching change, a move to a more offensive-minded coach makes sense. This is what the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers did last decade and that has worked out well for them. Bieniemy has also shown this year that he wasn't simply Kansas City Chief head coach Andy Reid's flunky the last several years. The Chiefs have struggled offensively this year and Bieniemy has made the Washington Commanders respectful.
In Seattle, Bieniemy would have a much better offensive core to begin with than he did in Washington. The skill position groups are good and the offensive line simply needs to be rebuilt. One of the bigger questions is if Bieniemy would want to start over at quarterback, however. It would make more sense for Seattle to draft a quarterback but still keep Geno Smith through at least 2024. That way Bieniemy would have a veteran quarterback in his first year with the team.
Bieniemy appears to simply need to do a better job during the interview process. He has shown to be a good offensive coordinator for several seasons but hasn't been named a head coach yet. With his resume, that seems odd. At some point, and just like the rest of us in our jobs, the work has to speak for itself and shouldn't matter if we give a bad answer during an interview.