Pete Carroll rules out coaching the Rams

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One of the first names to emerge in connection with the Rams’ head-coaching vacancy (other than Jim Harbaugh) was Pete Carroll.

Speaking to L.A. reporters on Tuesday in advance of Thursday night’s game against the Rams, Carroll was asked about a report linking him to the Rams job.

“I have no comment about that,” Carroll said.

Asked next whether he’d completely rule out coaching the Rams, Carroll said, “Yes.”

It’s no surprise. Carroll signed an extension late in the offseason; he otherwise would have been a free agent when the season concludes, with the ability to go anywhere he wants. And he’s smart enough to know that the L.A. job had a chance of opening up.

So if he wanted to possibly leave for the Rams or anywhere else, he shouldn’t have signed a new contract.

While the Rams could contact the Seahawks in an effort to essentially trade for Carroll, it’s unlikely that Seattle owner Paul Allen would agree to surrender his head coach to a division rival — unless L.A. owner Stan Kroenke made Allen an offer he can’t refuse.

64 responses to “Pete Carroll rules out coaching the Rams

  1. Why would he give up the talent he has on the Hawks to coach the Rams? Rams are a young talented team but can’t compete against the roster of the Hawks.

  2. I’m unsure if the NFL works like the Coaching Carousel in College Football. Pete Carroll seems to be doing fine in Seattle.

  3. Well we all know coaches never lie about wanting or taking another job, go ask Dolphins coach Nick Saban.

  4. Well Pete, you know what they say… If you can’t beat em, join em.

    Might as well go to a new team and get a fresh start. Your already paying a QB more money than he’s worth, we’ve all seen how bad he is when the defense doesn’t play lights out and you have to put the game in his hands. Now 2-15 when the opposing team scores 25+ points.

  5. So tell me who suggested Pete Carroll could be a candidate? Must’ve been an anonyous high level NFL executive, former GM, or beat writer with “inside knowledge”?

    Might as well go as Belichek the same question to see what kind of response you get.

  6. Well I don’t know what type of an “effort” Kroenke could make that Allen would possibly be enticed by, let alone even remotely consider. I’m not certain that Allen even respects Kroenke. Allen made his money the old fashioned way. Quit college, developed a product and a market for the product ie Microsoft. Kroenke made his money from his father’s company initially and subsequently as the husband of a WalMart heir. That gave him an inside track to develop real estate in locations where he knew Walmart was building a store. Not as difficult as what Allen had to do.
    So no, no effort by Kroenke will result in Allen releasing Carroll.

  7. — unless L.A. owners Stan Kroenke made Allen an effort he can’t refuse.

    It would have to be something other than money since Allen isn’t motivated by it and doesn’t need any.

    The Rams have no draft picks either so … What could he offer?

  8. While Kroenke has become famous for throwing his money around, Paul Allen is the richest owner in NFL and according to Forbes is worth more than double Kroenke. So exactly what offer could Allen not refuse.

  9. Carroll says he is not interested and his contract runs through 2019, so it seems that he is staying in Seattle. He has done a great job in Seattle and it would be a crushing blow if he left.

  10. With Harbaugh out and now Pete out of the picture next in line: Jim Fassell, Wade Phillips, Norv Turner. You too Mike Shanahan, why not! Rams now accepting applications from all the career loser retreads

  11. He’d be a fool to consider going to the Rams. Seattle is a successful well run organization. The Rams are not. Also most people would rather live in Seattle than in Los Angeles. The money would be about the same either place. To try and duplicate the success he’s enjoying in Seattle would be difficult. How old is he? All of these things would have to be considered.

  12. Well if Pete Carroll says it then history tells us LA should prepare to welcome it’s long lost prodigal son. First order of business: bring Reggie Zbush back into the fold.

  13. No Harbaugh. No Carroll. That leaves Univ. of Washington coach Chris Petersen. I doubt that he’d leave Seattle, but could you imagine if he wins the national championship. He’ll be the hottest name in America. Chris who? Lol. That’s just the way he likes it.

  14. Carroll is already 65 years old and has a legit chance to comepete for a Super Bowl for the next 5-8 years with Snieder at GM and a filthy rich owner that loves him. Why would he want to end his career with that kind mess in L.A.? He can retire there, sure, but he’s not leaving Seattle.

  15. “California Pete” as they called him back when he coached New England, isnt leaving a franchise he has built into a strong football team in his 7 years of overseeing them just because the Rams play in California.

  16. In other news, the Rams are also interested in Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Mike McCarthy, and a dozen other guys who would never gove them the time of day.

  17. Carroll says he is not interested and his contract runs through 2019, so it seems that he is staying in Seattle. He has done a great job in Seattle and it would be a crushing blow if he left.
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    Agreed. It was also a pretty crushing blow when Russell Wilson decided not to show up on Sunday as well.

  18. Why does anyone think he wants to go back to LA? The last time he was there, he was duped by Reggie and his family and then run out of town by the Trojan fans and school. I would think it’s the last place he would want to go back to… especially to the Coliseum for the next 2-3 years.

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  19. No one screams Hollywood more than one Rex Ryan. And he should be available. If not, Jerry Glanville is out there somewhere and would be a perfect fit for a what would likely be a fairly reasonable price. Two tickets left for Elvis at every home game. Book it, Kroenke!

  20. What kind of idiot reporter even asks a ridiculous question like that?

    Hey, the Rams just got pasted by the Patriots a couple weeks ago. Maybe this hard-hitting investigative reporter should gauge Bill Belichick’s interest in the job?

    Idiot.

  21. Even if he was a free agent I don’t think Carroll would take the LA job. He has arguably a top 5 QB in Russell Wilson and who knows if Jared Goff will ever become a playoff-caliber quarterback.

    The Rams need a young, offensive-minded coach that can help grow with Jared Goff and help him reach his potential. The Dolphins did that this year by hiring the youngest coach in the NFL in Adam Gase and it seems to be working out pretty well for them already.

  22. Well-established coach in successful program with strong roster doesn’t want to leave it for losing team with thin roster and start over at the tail end of his career?
    Stunning.
    This was an obviously stupid rumor.

  23. rjmjets says:
    Dec 13, 2016 9:52 PM
    While Kroenke has become famous for throwing his money around, Paul Allen is the richest owner in NFL and according to Forbes is worth more than double Kroenke. So exactly what offer could Allen not refuse.

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    It wouldn’t be money, it would be draft picks. If the Rams surrendered, let’s say, two first round picks, that’s two potential top 10 picks Seattle would get. Everybody has a price.

  24. PC said long ago he would only go to the NFL if he was allowed to do so on his own terms. Paul Allen gave him those terms. I doubt Stan Kroenke would do so, regardless of the dollars involved. Pete’s got the perfect set-up in Seattle and will stay there until he retires (or dies of a gum overdose).

    It seems to be natural for people to fantasize about fairy-tale scenarios when considering these situations, but the reality is more likely that no big-name stars will walk into that mess, so the Rams will probably be settling for some up-and-coming coordinator, who will have to take the job if he ever wants to be a HC. You’d better hope whoever that is can deliver, or you’ll be looking at another 2-5 years of suckage.

  25. if they want to pay me a couple million a year to coach the Rams, I’ll do it. I don’t know anything about coaching football, which by Rams’ recent standards qualifies me for the job.

  26. The Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh rumors are some of the most absurd coaching rumors created by the media. Why does the media think they’ll leave good jobs where they’re already so popular and successful to go to a bad team? What’s next, they’ll have to ask Bill Belichick to confirm he’s not interested?

  27. I would also like to state for the record that I am interested in coaching the Rams. If I can have 5 losing seasons and not get fired like Fisher did I could be a complete success.

  28. Why would he leave a team that’s been to two SB in the six yrs he’s been in Seattle along with 5 playoff appearances, has a young stud at QB and has a solid front office that drafts well and puts winning on par with making money to go to a dumpster fire with a horrible front office? The Rams will only be able to hire a guy who is desperate for HC job

  29. Why would he give up the talent he has on the Hawks to coach the Rams? Rams are a young talented team but can’t compete against the roster of the Hawks.
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    I’m having a hard time trying to figure out if he was being sarcastic here….considering the Rams have beaten the Seahawks the past 3 games and have a 5-4 record against them since Russell Puntson was drafted. Someone help me out here.

  30. top 5 QB in Russell Wilson
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    That’s funny.

    Top 5 QB’s don’t throw 5 picks in one game.

    Top 5 QB’s don’t go 3 weeks in a row without throwing a TD.

    Top 5 QB’s don’t have multiple games with less than 100 yards passing at halftime.

    Top 5 QB’s don’t allow the offense to score less than 10 point’s in a game 4 times in one season (so far).

    Top 5 QB’s don’t have 13 TD’s and 10 int’s through 14 weeks.

    Top 5 QB’s don’t throw less than 1 TD a game.

    Top 5 QB’s don’t fold like an accordion when the defense does not play like a top 3 defense.

    Should I keep going?

  31. I’d sort of like to see a self coached team. Or, draw a fan’s name out of a hat and let him be head coach for a year or two. Viewership would skyrocket.

  32. You know Pete wants to get out of dreary Seattle for the beaches of LA! They care more about the lame MSL and Sounders than Hawks. Plus he knows the Seahags are done. Welcome back Pete.

  33. Like any of us are surprised that Pete “passed” on this one.

    For you new Seahawk fans, this is because Pete and Lil Russ “passed” away a Super Bowl.

  34. pantherpro says:
    Dec 14, 2016 11:18 AM
    You know Pete wants to get out of dreary Seattle for the beaches of LA! They care more about the lame MSL and Sounders than Hawks. Plus he knows the Seahags are done. Welcome back Pete.

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    You’ve obviously never been to Seattle before let alone a Hawks game.

  35. High draft picks mean nothing when people bad at their jobs are in charge.

    The seahawks are built on Pete Carroll and his philosiphy. Having him and low draft picks (see sherman, wilson) is much more successful than having someone like Jeff Fisher and high draft picks.

  36. Somebody will be excited to get this job because there are only 32 of them and it is therefore a great opportunity for a current assistant or someone who is currently unemployed.

    However, the notion that this is an opportunity a currently employed head coach would be interested in doesn’t make any sense, much less a very successful head coach with a much better roster.

    The Rams are a bad franchise. They “won” the RG3 trade and parlayed it into so many great players that they haven’t been to the playoffs since (Redskins have twice). LA is not a pro football town, Goff may well get another coach fired before the franchise can move on from him..

    They can hire somebody’s coordinator, a college coach who is NOT at a blue-blood program like Michigan or Alabama, or they can hire somebody who has previously been fired by another franchise as head coach a la Jeff Fisher.

    Once they do, I will look forward to not hearing about them at all for 18 months until it’s time to discuss which quarterback they will take in the first round of the 2019 draft.

  37. Top 5 QB’s don’t throw 5 picks in one game.

    Yah, like Tom Brady, who has the same percentage of 5-pick games as Russell Wilson. Good point.

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