The 2023 season has come and gone for the Seattle Seahawks, with a 9-8 record not enough to carry the Hawks into the playoffs, so they’ll be watching from home for the second time in three seasons. The fact that the Hawks have now missed the playoffs twice in three years, combined with just a single postseason victory in the past seven years, has fans and observers wondering what the future holds for head coach Pete Carroll.
That topic was breached Sunday morning when a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport shed new light on Carroll’s contract and the fact that he is currently only signed through the 2024 season, with a yet to be exercised option for 2025. Monday, during his weekly appearance on the Brock & Salk show, Carroll was asked about his future and whether he’ll be the coach of the team in 2024, and it’s not the news fans hoping he would ride off into the sunset are going to want to hear.
Here was Carroll's full answer about how he plans to be back next year. The second part is interesting, hinting at the possibility of some sort of changes.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) January 8, 2024
Asked a follow-up on whether he foresees significant changes, he gave a non-answer, saying "there's always changes." pic.twitter.com/AXFPW66Z3U
So, while Carroll seems to indicate he has no intention of retiring or walking away, he does state that changes will be coming, and the decisions on those changes will be put in place in the coming weeks and months.
In short, stay tuned to Field Gulls for updates because it’s going to be a long offseason, as Week 1 of the 2024 season is eight months from Monday.