The Seattle Seahawks are set to play the Carolina Panthers in Week 3 of the 2023 season. Seattle needs to be able to beat a Panthers team still trying to figure out how good rookie quarterback Bryce Young can be. Plus, as Seattle already lost to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 at home, starting 0-2 at Lumen Field would be far less than ideal.
The players that participate in practice this week for Seattle is definitely worth watching. In Week 2, Seattle didn't have edge rusher Boye Mafe, for instance. Can he come back and play in Week 3? He sets a better edge against the run that does Darrell Taylor and stopping the run is a must versus the Panthers.
Seattle could finally get a potentially extremely important player back and practicing fully this week. More on that in just a minute. But let's start with head coach Pete Carroll moving up the charts!
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll passes a former Seahawks coach in all-time wins
With Seattle's victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 2, Pete Carroll got his 162nd victory as an NFL head coach. Not all of those wins are with the Seahawks, of course, as Carroll collected 33 of his wins while he was a head coach of the New York Jets (1994) or the New England Patriots (1997-1999). Carroll actually had a winning record with New England as he led the teams to a combined 27-21 record.
But Carroll's greatest success has been in Seattle, of course. Since Carroll took over in 2010, his teams have a combined record of 129-82-1. Between 2010 and 2022, Seattle made the playoffs 10 times and won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2013 season. Seattle returned to the Super Bowl the following year, but unfortunately, we all know how that game ended. Seattle has the talent to make the postseason once again this year too, of course, but the schedule gets rough near the end of the season.
In getting his 162nd victory, Carroll passed former Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren for 17th in all-time wins. If Seattle gets 9 more wins this season, Carroll could move up as high as 13th on the list. (Mike Tomlin is two games better than Carroll and Tomlin still coaches the Steelers, of course.) The all-time leader is Don Shula who has 328 wins, so Carroll is about halfway there and isn't going to catch Shula.