Pete Carroll Out As Seahawks Coach

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 07: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Carroll will transition to an advisory role after 13 years as the team's head coach.

Pete Carroll will reportedly step down as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks and transition to another role within the organization. First reported by Adam Schefter, the news was confirmed by Seahawks owner Jody Allen. Allen said that the organization and Carroll had "amicably agreed" to end Carroll's tenure as head coach. Allen described Carroll's new role with the Seahawks as an "advisory" position.

Carroll had served as Seahawks head coach since 2010, joining the NFL after a tarnished end to his career at USC. The veteran coach, who had previous NFL experience in the late 90s, took a team that had missed the playoffs the past two seasons and turned them into a perennial contender. Schefter also reported that an early frontrunner for the now-vacant position is current Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Seahawks Join The Coaching Hunt

With the departure of Carroll, there are now seven teams with head coaching vacancies. The Commanders, Falcons, and Titans all fired their coaches after the season. Meanwhile, the Chargers, Panthers, and Raiders all fired their coaches during the season. The number could yet rise, with Bill Belichick's future in New England still in doubt. The Seattle job is an interesting one, with a lot of young talent but a long-term question mark at quarterback.

However, one hot-seat coach who will continue into 2024 is the Bears' Matt Eberflus. Eberflus will reportedly remain head coach in Chicago despite a wave of firings at Soldier Field. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko, and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert were all fired after "extensive meetings" earlier in the week. The Bears went 7-10, including winning four of their last six games. It's a step in the right direction, improving on the team's 3-14 2022 campaign. Keeping Eberflus is the first of two major decisions for the Bears. The other regards the future of current starting quarterback Justin Fields. Fields was the Bears' first-round pick in 2021 and has seen mixed performances during his first years in the NFL.

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