Pete Carroll “absolutely” wants to stay with the Seahawks

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Paul Allen hired Pete Carroll to coach the Seahawks nearly nine years ago. In the wake of Allen’s passing, Carroll wants to stay with the team.

“Absolutely,” Carroll said when asked that question by reporters on Tuesday.

Carroll also reflected on Allen’s effort to persuade Carroll to leave USC for a return to the NFL.

“He wanted to win championships and that’s what he was all about,” Carroll said. “He wasn’t going to let anything get in the way and he was really clear about that. The message that came through was really one that I hadn’t heard in that fashion with that commitment and that spirit of it. That’s what made it even possible to even be in the conversation about it.”

Carroll sensed that Allen’s health was failing, but Carroll was surprised that the end came so soon after Allen announced a return of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he’d previously beaten.

“Well, he was very hopeful,” Carroll said. “That’s the way his messaging was and he said it directly to me, he was ready for the battle. He had been through it before so he sent, like he would being a good leader, he communicated to us that there was hope and he was going for it. But he had become ill. He had become unable to do some of the things that he had normally been able to do in travel and going to the games and things like that because of his illness, so there were some signs in that regard. He was weakened. Yeah, he was weakened. Still, it happened very suddenly.”

What happens next won’t be sudden. Carroll steered the questions away from the future of the franchise, a future that will eventually feature a new owner of the team. Any time that kind of transition happens, other changes can also be made.

27 responses to “Pete Carroll “absolutely” wants to stay with the Seahawks

  1. Pete Carroll “absolutely” wants to stay with the Seahawks?

    Of course he does, he has been to 2 Super Bowls and won one of them. The Hawks just need to KEEP drafting well and adding good FA’s and they can make it back to the Big Dance.

  2. Paul Allen was a brilliant man and a great owner. He was wise, as usual, to hire Pete Carroll. Carroll helped create a football dynasty in Seattle, and that will never be erased from history. Pete won’t be coaching forever, so enjoy this guy while he’s still around.

  3. This is the first step of him getting out of Seattle on to the next spot.
    He absolutely wants to stay.
    They’ll absolutely lowball him because he absolutely wants to stay.
    Then he’ll be at the biggest college opening saying they were absolutely his dream job.

  4. I am happy LA has two teams..otherwise Seattle would be a candidate. Here is hoping for a good owner who is committed to keep the Seahawks in Seattle.

  5. Doesnt Paul Allen have any kids or at the very least close family such as brothers or sisters who could take over running the franchise? I dont think they need to sell it, i’m sure prior to his death he had talks with his family about passing the franchise over to them. Allen seemed like a genuinely good dude, hopefully his soul is resting in peace.

  6. If they end up selling the team because Paul’s sister Judy doesn’t want to do it, I could see Jeff Bezos stepping up to the plate. He could afford the $2 billion that they’re now worth. Pretty cool Paul Allen saved the ‘hawks from fleeing to LA with that snake of an owner Behring. Bought the team for less than $200 million and now worth over $2 billion. Pretty good return on his investment but he never bought them to make money. He did it to save them from leaving the community. Pete, thanks for winning a Super Bowl for the city of Seattle and Paul Allen.

  7. The Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, Trailblazers and Moda Center are now owned by Allen’s Vulcan Inc. There is no reason to sell since there is more than enough money left behind to fund operations. Jody Allen was very close to him and she has been quoted for all of the obits.

  8. As a realist 12, Carroll and Schneider have had terrible drafts since 2012. One or both of them need to go. If they had hit on the draft picks then the Seahawks would have had a smooth transition from 2017 to 2018. Carroll will forever be remembered as running from the 1 in SB 49.

  9. charliecharger says:
    October 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm
    …Carroll helped create a football dynasty in Seattle…
    2 great seasons surrounded by a bunch of mixed ones & a locker room meltdown ain’t a dynasty.

  10. bpurd
    Oct 16, 2018, 9:26 PM EDT
    Pete is one of the greatest coaches in the history of football.-

    I liked Pete when he coached New England but this is as craycray as thinking Seattle was any type of dynasty.

  11. “He wasn’t going to let anything get in the way and he was really clear about that.”

    Including prohibitions on illegal practices.

  12. Petey is lucky. His team is 3-3 and could easily have been 0-6 After the bye week Seattle faces 5 quality opponents in a row, including the Rams, Chargers, Lions Panthers, and Packers. If Seattle is 0-5 during that stretch, Paul Allen may fire him. After that 5 game stretch, they will face the Vikings and Chiefs, 2 playoff contenders that can sink Seattle further down the division standings. But because of luck, Petey will likely remain coach for a while.

  13. Please stay and throw passes from the 1 yd line with 32 seconds and one time out left and 3rd down and the best running back (lynch) so the RAMS could intercept it. Sory but the Rams will dominate your team the next 5 years so by al means PLEASE STAY- A RAMS FAN SUPERBOWL BOUND 2018, 2019 AND 2020 take that to the bank.

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