For the first time in 14 seasons, the Seahawks will have a new man wearing the headset on the sidelines as the Pete Carroll era is over in Seattle. Carroll leaves with the most wins in franchise history and helped build a culture of competition while also allowing players to be themselves.
During his time with the team, he was able to draft and develop Hall of Fame-level players such as Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, and many others. Besides just bringing in these players, Carroll's teams also gave us many lasting memories and moments. The Pete Carroll era will be remembered extremely fondly. One day down the line, hopefully, Pete Carroll will get his own spot in Canton.
As I reflected on Carroll’s time with the Seahawks it got me thinking of many of my favorite memories and moments. There were the five that came to my mind that rose above the rest. While countless moments in Carroll’s tenure were significant, the five on this list hold a special place, each for different reasons. So while we say goodbye on this chapter of Seahawks football, let us thank Pete Carroll for all he was able to bring us 12s and the memories we will have forever.
An honorable mention would be the 2015 NFC Championship game when the Packers played the Seahawks. The game was a roller coaster where it took every last ounce of effort and tricks to pull out a win. This included a fake field goal for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks life, a miraculous onside kick, and a walk-off touchdown to Jermaine Kearse. Seattle would go to back-to-back Super Bowls, but unfortunately, we all know what happened two weeks later in a heartbreaking loss to the Patriots. Luckily for us, there were many more enjoyable moments, and here are my top five.
5. Seahawks make a statement on MNF
It seems like every season there are regular season matchups that just feel bigger than other games. Whether that be a Super Bowl rematch, a game with playoff implications, or rivalry games, these matchups seem to provide a different tone to a regular season game. Late in the 2013 season, it was a Monday night matchup between two teams sitting at the top of the NFC pushing for the 1 seed. The New Orleans Saints traveled to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in a game that looked like a contest that could decide who was going to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Early in the first quarter defensive lineman Cliff Avril stripped Drew Brees and Michael Bennett ran the fumble back for a touchdown to put Seattle up early 10-0. Another touchdown drive by the Seahawks had them up 17-0 after the first quarter and it was never close again. Seattle imposed its will against the Saints and proved that they were the team to beat in the NFC. The two teams would meet in the divisional round of the playoffs later on in the season with the Seahawks once again beating the Saints and moving onto the NFC title game for the first time since 2006.