Pete Carroll, now 69, is on a five-year plan

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll turned 69 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he explained that he currently plans to keep going for five more years, before reassessing.

Asked by New England media whether he or Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be the first one to stop coaching, Carroll said, “I don’t know. Ask him.”

Carroll then added this: “I’m feeling great. I’m kind of on a five-year plan. Five years from now I’ll figure it out and reassess. I actually owe that to David Brooks. And he taught me that a while back. Something he wrote, ‘Why are you looking year-to-year? Why don’t you just plan it out over a five-year period?’ So each year is five more years. So it was five years last [year] and it’s five years this year and we’ll figure it out when the time comes.”

Several years ago, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed hope during a PFT Live interview at the league meetings that Belichick would work into his 80s, thriving at that age like Rupert Murdoch and Warren Buffett. I raised that observation with Carroll at the same time and he said, “Why stop there?

Why stop there, indeed. Carroll continues to have a tremendous amount of energy, and he continues to be one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. The Seahawks instantly became contenders when he arrived, and they’ve had a winning record every year since 2012.

30 responses to “Pete Carroll, now 69, is on a five-year plan

  1. I know I’m biased because I’m a die hard hawks fan but he really is underrated. Not once has he won coach of the year which is laughable. Not to mention that Bruce Arians won it twice. The most overrated coach in the NFL. Arians has already started his blame the players routine. Calls out Brady while making sure he mentioned that they were prepared for everything the saints did. He coached a perfect game and Brady just couldn’t pull out the win. Ok Bruce.

  2. Pete Carroll at his introductory press conference in Seattle: “I leave behind at
    USC many friends ……and allegations.”

    Yes, in recent years, he may have reformed.

    Good for him.

    But the dirty bags of history still remain true.

  3. Everyone gives him crap, but he is no doubt a top tier coach in this league. I enjoy watching him and his energy on the sidelines. Good for him

  4. Pete gets a lot of flak, much of it deserved for the way he’s handled managing some players and big games over the years. There was even talk last off-season of moving on from him. But every coach makes mistakes. He’s been an incredibly consistent, stabilizing force for the Seahawks organization. Seattle is lucky to have him, and he deserves to have as many years at the helm as he wants.

  5. I’m definitely not a Seahawks fan. That whole 12th man shtick is annoying. But I am definitely a Pete Carroll fan.

    It’s incredible that someone 69 years old has kept up-to-date in his coaching. Any time someone says “player’s coaches” don’t work out, I point to Carroll as an example as one that does. Any time someone says retreads never work out, I point to Carroll as one who did.

    His players love playing for him and he does something that is very difficult…he actually makes the NFL look good. He doesn’t feel the need to put on some tough-guy act. He’s proof that you don’t need to be a total jerk to be successful.

  6. This is great news for the rest of the NFC west. I’ll enjoy five more years of seeing him stand on the sideline with that dumbfounded look on his face as the seconds tick down on another loss 😂

  7. They say “if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life”. I think it is b.s. for 95% of us (or more), as we have the jobs that fit our skills not our desires. I would retire in a minute if money were no issue. But, for those like Carroll, I can understand why he would not currently have a plan to step away if he is still enjoying the challenge and having success.

  8. bondlake says:
    September 17, 2020 at 5:39 am
    Pete, you’ve had your day in the sun. It’s past time to pass the torch.

    ——

    Pass it to whom exactly? It’s not as if there are an abundance of good quality coaches waiting around. In fact, there are really only about a dozen really good coaches in the entire NFL as it is.

  9. This attempt to be cute by having a continual 5 year role out plan makes about as much as throwing from your opponent’s goal line, late in the 4th in the Super Bowl, when you need a score to win. Welcome to your legacy, Pete.

  10. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    September 17, 2020 at 7:44 am
    This is great news for the rest of the NFC west. I’ll enjoy five more years of seeing him stand on the sideline with that dumbfounded look on his face as the seconds tick down on another loss 😂

    _____________

    Since 2012…

    Seahawks:
    Regular Season 86-41
    Playoff Wins 9
    Div Title 3
    SB Title 1
    Vs 49ers 13-4
    Head Coaches 1

    49ers:
    Regular Season 61-66
    Playoff Wins 6
    Div Title 2
    SB Title 0
    Vs Seahawks 4-13
    Head Coaches 4

    Pretty pleased with how that “dumbfounded” look has worked out recently, I’m good with 5 more years of it.

  11. Pete Carroll at his introductory press conference in Seattle: “I leave behind at
    USC many friends ……and allegations.”

    Yes, in recent years, he may have reformed.

    Good for him.

    But the dirty bags of history still remain true.
    ———————-

    Meh. That was a long time ago.

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