As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter and confirmed by the Seattle Seahawks, the organization is moving on from Pete Carroll as head coach. Seattle has missed the playoffs two of the last three seasons after making the postseason in nine of Carroll's first 11 years. The question now is who will replace Carroll as head coach.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn could potentially be a replacement for Carroll as Quinn has a history with Seattle. He was the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 2013 and 2014. Carroll is expected to stay on with the Seahawks in an advisory fashion and since he knows Quinn, the Cowboys DC leaving after the season for Seattle makes sense.
But if the team wants to make a true move away from the Pete Carroll era, bringing in a coach who has been successful at the NFL level but isn't in the Pete Carroll coaching tree would also make sense. Jim Harbaugh went 44-19-1 with the San Francisco 49ers between 2011 and 2014 and never had a losing record. His teams went to the playoffs three of those years and went to the Super Bowl in 2012.
Jim Harbaugh would make sense to be the Seattle Seahawks next head coach
Harbaugh left the 49ers and became the head coach at Michigan. He coached Michigan to a national championship this year. Harbaugh obviously does not come free of issues; he is facing a potential suspension next year for his role in stealing other teams' signs. The same situation, however, is almost impossible to happen in the NFL.
Harbaugh also knows how to adjust to the personnel he has and is not so rigid in his philosophy that he doesn't find new ways to win. After Michigan kept losing to Ohio State, Harbaugh reached out to his brother, John (who is the very successful coach of the Baltimore Ravens), to get thoughts on how to improve the Michigan defense and make them faster. Jim implemented those changes and Michigan improved.
There are many 12s who don't like Harbaugh from his days with the 49ers. That is fair. Harbaugh would also have to step down from his Michigan gig but this seems extremely likely since he might miss a chunk of 2024 due to suspension and he just reached the highest level of college football. But if Harbaugh comes to the Seahawks and wins, 12s will forgive him. And Harbaugh has won at every level he has coached.