By John Boyle
The Seahawks have called a press conference for Friday morning, and by all accounts it will be to announce a contract extension for head coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll, who in four seasons helped turn the Seahawks from a team coming off back-to-back double-digit loss season to Super Bowl champions, was heading into the final year of the five-year, $35 million deal he signed in January of 2010.
According to multiple reports, including one from the league’s website which first reported the news, the press conference is indeed to announce an extension for Carroll, not a player. The initial speculation after the press conference was announced Thursday night was that either Earl Thomas or Richard Sherman had signed a new deal, but that apparently will have to wait. Thomas’ agent confirmed to The Herald that Friday’s presser indeed had nothing to do with his client, and Sports Radio 950 KJR’s Curtis Crabtree reported it wasn’t for a Sherman extension either.
While keeping Carroll, who along with general manager John Schneider led the Seahawks to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history, is big for the Seahawks, the news hardly comes as a surprise. Carroll has said repeatedly how ideal the front office setup in Seattle is for him, he’s a west coast guy, and it’s hard to imagine anyone winning a bidding war with Seahawks owner Paul Allen had Carroll hit the open market a year from now.
In four seasons in Seattle, Carroll has a 38-26 record in the regular season and has led the Seahawks to the playoffs three times, winning two NFC West titles and one Super Bowl. Seattle has a 5-2 postseason record under Carroll.