Will Jody Allen replace Pete Carroll as head coach in Seattle?

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has yet to be asked a point-blank, direction question regarding his job security. On Friday, he got a question at a press conference that danced close to the subject of whether he may be nearing the end in Seattle.

A reporter asked Carroll whether he’s aware of the person who advises team owner Jody Allen.

“I don’t know that,” Carroll said as to Allen, who inherited the Seahawks and the remainder of her brother Paul Allen’s holdings after he died. “I’m sure she has all the resources she needs. I wouldn’t even know where to begin to answer that question.”

It seems to be fairly important information, because that person — whoever it may be — may soon be advising Jody Allen on whether to change coaches. Especially if there’s a chance that a new coach will make quarterback Russell Wilson more likely to not want to leave.

To the extent that the person advising Jody Allen needs some insight as to why the Seahawks struggled this year, Carroll provided it, when asked to identify the main reason why the Seahawks didn’t make it to the playoffs.

“I don’t know how many teams make it when they lose their quarterback in the middle of the year, I don’t know how that happens,” Carroll said. “That is a big issue, a big issue to respond from, so that is a factor. We’ve rocked along for a long time together, watching Russell play and be a big part of our offense. You do everything you can, you make the adjustments, and go with your next guys, but it is a big challenge, and often it upsets the tempo and the rhythm of the way you play. Unfortunately, we didn’t overcome it as much as I would like, I think that was a factor in the middle.”

And Carroll made it clear that it wasn’t just the games Wilson missed, but the fact that the finger injury he suffered in October affected him after he returned to play.

“I think the whole thing was a big factor,” Carroll said. “I’m not going to slice it up for you because, I don’t know, but it just factored in. He missed a month of the season and then tried to come back and play. It’s different if you are a guard or a tackle or something like that, for the guy spinning the football, it makes a difference.”

That may not make a difference in Wilson’s eyes. While he surely would never direct a “him or me” ultimatum to the team, the reality is that, if Wilson wanted out after a 12-4 season, he won’t feel better about the situation after the first losing record of his career.

It makes for an interesting offseason in Seattle, starting with the question of whether to keep Carroll (and G.M. John Schneider), who the coach will be if a change is made, and whether that will be enough to get Wilson to want to stay.

And if Carroll goes, the next question is whether he becomes an immediate candidate to land elsewhere immediately. He should; plenty of the teams that are or will be looking for coaches can do (and have done) a lot worse than Pete Carroll, who had 10 straight winning seasons before 2021.

35 responses to “Will Jody Allen replace Pete Carroll as head coach in Seattle?

  1. Interesting question in the headline. I suspect Jody Allen probably won’t replace Pete Carroll. More likely it will be someone with coaching experience who replaces him.

  2. Will Jody Allen replace Pete Carroll as head coach in Seattle?
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    Quite the headline. I don’t think Jody replaces Pete. She might hire someone else to do it, though…

  3. Wondering if there would be a trade market for Carroll. Seems like he’d be a great fit in Jacksonville or LV (assuming he can find a better OC).

  4. Quarterback injuries matter most if your defense stinks.
    Ask any Cowboys fan in 2015 and 2020.

  5. As Seahawks great, Cliff Avril has stated, “I’m gonna say this once more… if you’re a real fan you don’t ask for change after one bad season out of 10!” and I couldn’t agree more. Pete’s had some silly mistakes, but this is the first truly BAD season in his entire tenure in Seattle. How many teams would kill for the level of success that Pete’s had? How hard is that to replicate? The grass ain’t always greener.

  6. Collin Smith says:
    December 31, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    Wondering if there would be a trade market for Carroll. Seems like he’d be a great fit in Jacksonville or LV (assuming he can find a better OC).
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    And DC as well. I have no idea why Carroll insists on sticking with Ken Norton Jr.

  7. Seattle has too much talent to be as mediocre as they are….and Pete is pretty old now. Not a Seahawk fan but if I were, I think I’d be wanting them to move on.

  8. To be honest, Schneider is the one who needs replacing. They’ve been drafting very poorly for at least 5 years now

  9. Jody naming herself head coach? Could be worse, I guess–she could hire Rob Ryan instead….

  10. The team has been heading down hill every year since that untimely interception in the Super Bowl and the current roster is not prepared to make any positive advances. Pete is in control of the roster so he needs to go.
    The next question: Will John Schneider go with Pete out the door? He should go first. He had 3 great years drafting and the last 7 have been total duds. Not a good enough average for the GM.

    Jody should start with a call to Jim Harbaugh. Win or lose today, he’s proven enough that I’ll bet he’s ready to make the move back to the NFL.

  11. And DC as well. I have no idea why Carroll insists on sticking with Ken Norton Jr.
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    Pete is calling the shots on defense.

  12. jody who’s stated interest from day 1 in the Seahawks is ramp up the value of the Hawks, sell for $5-8B so it funds ALL of Paul Allen’s nonprofits – forever

    Pete leaves when he wants – if she tries to fire him – she’ll lose Schneider as well – and then stuck with the team even longer, before being able to sell

  13. To be honest, Schneider is the one who needs replacing. They’ve been drafting very poorly for at least 5 years now
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    Pete has bottom line say with personnel. Who’s to say he’s not the one picking poorly?

  14. Looking back over the past 10-11 years…the Seattle Seahawks have traded away half their 1st round picks over that span and the ones they kept were busts. Maybe,Earl Thomas being the lone exception.

  15. I’m going to state this as an original Seahawk Fan who watched the team struggle most of its existence until Pete/John/Russell……..none of them leaves!

    Get to work fixing the areas needing to improve:
    1. Extend Russell with new contract to free up even more Cap in 2022.
    2. Sign young, talented OL free agents to better pass protect/Run.
    3. Sign a few elite CB/DL free agents.
    4. Use the second round pick (#38?) to get a starting impact player (don’t trade it away for more picks.)

  16. Glad I’m not the only one who wondered about Jody Allen’s coaching credentials after reading the headline. The NFL is behind the times in developing women for higher level coaching positions, but owner/coach is an interesting concept…

  17. Jody Allen? Right! Another non-football person in charge of an NFL franchise. And how well has that generally worked out in other cities?

  18. chawk12thman says:
    December 31, 2021 at 7:49 pm
    I’m going to state this as an original Seahawk Fan who watched the team struggle most of its existence until Pete/John/Russell……..none of them leaves!

    Get to work fixing the areas needing to improve:
    1. Extend Russell with new contract to free up even more Cap in 2022.
    2. Sign young, talented OL free agents to better pass protect/Run.
    3. Sign a few elite CB/DL free agents.
    4. Use the second round pick (#38?) to get a starting impact player (don’t trade it away for more picks.)

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    All sounds wonderful except Carrol/Schneider have proven to be poor decision makers for the last many years. Getting Wilson and some other great talent early on sustained this run. However, they’ve bumbled their way recently.
    Wilson has said as much as he could about wanting to leave or have some changes. The only real talent on this team is Wilson, Lockett, and DK.

    Carrol has run Wilson’s career to the ground. Time to give him the boot.

  19. Keep the Franchise QB or a 70 year old head coach with outdated ideas? Easy decision: Keep the Franchise QB. They are very difficult to find, especially guys that have the high level of leadership that Wilson possesses. Carroll has had a great run, but he’s worn out his welcome in Seattle. That Adams trade really hurt the team’s ability to reload with young talent in the draft and their lack of quality roster depth has really hurt them this season.

  20. The architect who built Seattle’s Super Bowl teams is long gone. Pete and John should be as well…….

  21. Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, and The Seahawks organization quite frankly have not been the same since the interception at the goal-line in the Super Bowl against NE. That in my opinion was the undoing of Seattle and they have slowly been unraveling at the seams for quite sometime. I believe we’ve reached an impasse between the three parties. It’s time to move on.

  22. Wilsons massive ago is a bigger problem than Carroll. Carroll shoulders blame as the EVP and HC but Wilson performance and overall demeanor hurts them yet all I hear is Pete is nothing without Wilson.

  23. Mike Holmgren is still involved with Hawks, wouldn’t be surprised if they took the personal final decision from Pete, especially after the Adams debacle, and either let Schneider make the personnel decisions or hire a new GM. I don’t think the Seahawks want to deal with Russ’s new contract and he will want $50 mill a year so they trade him for what they can they almost did it previous with the Browns when Russ was up for his last contract.

  24. Fire Carrol – let Schneider stay – get a new coach – extend Russell. The next coach needs to report to Schneider – not the other way around. It is time to stop spending fortunes on the next greatest guy – and build up the Oline .

  25. No, nobody or team can overcome missing a quarterback? How about Jeff Hostetler and the Giants or more recently Nick Foles and the Eagles. Bust his chops more to admit the team went for a knockout with the Adams trade that was like throwing an anchor onto a liferaft. Flimsy team construction and invest more in a backup quarterback.

  26. Seahawks were only good when the team was loaded. Pete never coached them up! Lets pass on the 1 yd line??

  27. Jody Allen doubled or tripled Paul Allen’s Microsoft money as the money manager while Paul kept pissing away his money on some insane “toy projects”. Jody Allen is more likely to clean house.

  28. Seattle spent too many draft picks and salary cap on super star trades.
    You need an Offensive Line to protect Wilson.
    Currently,… It’s OFFENSIVE !!

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