RENTON, Wash. – Doug Baldwin is one of the few who are still in the Seattle Seahawks' squad and who's long enough to give an accurate and comprehensive reading on coach Pete Carroll – who received a three-year contract extension on Monday.
After being with Carroll for eight of nine seasons in Seattle, Baldwin said that this season's coaching job may be Carroll's best, leading a team that hopes to be a contender and take him into the season seven for the Seahawks. .
"I would put it there as one of their best years of training, no doubt. All the new faces, all the new coaches, the new guys, really just figuring out how best to use them so we can be successful in the field football and run at a high level, is incredible, "said Baldwin. "Now he's not going to get all the credit because we have an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator and all the position coaches who work out, too. It's a full team effort, for sure, but I'll say I think Pete did a fantastic job this year. "
Seattle secured their place in the postseason with Sunday's 38-31 win over Kansas City, Seahawks' fifth win over the past six games, completing the 0-2 reverse and getting 4-5 in the middle of the season . The Seahawks (9-6) are expected to qualify for a Wild-Card Round tie against Dallas, though there are a number of scenarios where Seattle can fall to sixth and face Chicago in the opening round.
The Seahawks rewarded him with a span of several years that will take him through the 2021 season, when Carroll turns 70 in September. Carroll said he was approached by the franchise last week about an extension and ended the deal on Monday afternoon.
There was some doubt about Carroll's future with uncertainty over Paul Allen's after-death property in October. Carroll said he is grateful for how he has been treated by the franchise since his arrival in 2010.
"I'm excited to announce that we've extended coach Pete Carroll in the 2021 season," said Jody Allen, Seahawks president and administrator of the Paul G. Allen Trust. "This will continue the championship culture we created in Seattle."
Carroll is not one to sort or dissect his past performance, but when one considers the number of changes made by Seattle after losing the postseason a year ago, it's an impressive job since the 67-year-old. In August, the question was how bad would the Seahawks be when they did a significant rebuild? In December and with the playoffs on the horizon, reached how far can they go?
"It was a slap in the face. It was a slap in the face saying it would be so bad because it is very, very bad to win four games," said Linebacker of Seattle. K.J. Wright said. "This team is so much better than that, I appreciate it, I thank them for saying it, I'm in the business of proving that people are wrong."
Carroll's role in advancing the rebuilding of Seattle to the point of being in the playoffs began in the off-season. The list was remodeled and its staff underwent an overhaul of its mandate. Within all of these changes, Carroll remained true to the style he wanted Seattle to play. It was to get the new coaches and players to buy that belief and style, translating them into victories in the field in which Carroll succeeded.
As Carroll said on Monday referring to John Wooden, "You do not change your philosophy year by year, your players change."
"You believe in something or not," Carroll said. "I think we just keep on going and know we're doing something." Believing in history, we know what we're capable of doing, we've shown it over many years, you're always adapting, but keeping what you are faithful "I think that's what's happening, we look like a team we've seen before, and that's powerful."
Sticking with a philosophy means that Carroll does not intend to stay with his regulars at Week 17 unless the injury dictates that they can use a break or the game gets out of control and Seattle is given the opportunity to rest some players. A win over Arizona at the end would give Seattle its sixth season of 10 wins over Carroll and would secure a meeting with the Cowboys, which the Seahawks won in the third week for Seattle's first win.
"We have to keep doing what we're doing to keep up with the pace and accuracy needed to stay sharp and all that," said Carroll.
NOTES: Carroll clarified that G J.R. Sweezy suffered a twisted foot and not an ankle injury in Sunday's win. He did not have a prognosis if Sweezy would play in Week 17. … RB Rashaad Penny (knee) and RT Germain Ifedi (groin) both intend to play in week 17 after losing the victory over Kansas City. Carroll said they were both close to being able to play against the bosses. … Seattle has a better idea of what's happening with S Tedric Thompson after he lost the game on Sunday with a chest injury. Carroll said Thompson has a problem with the air in the tissue on the outside of his lungs that should disappear before he can be released to play. Thompson did some races on Monday and is scheduled to have tests done on Wednesday.