Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Carroll held a press conference this morning announcing a new three-year contract with the head coach that will keep him in Seattle through the 2016 season. Carroll was heading into the final year of a five-year contract he signed with the team in early 2010. Terms of the deal new deal were not disclosed.
"This is a very, very exciting day for the Seattle Seahawks," Schneider told reporters. Since joining the Seahawks following his nine-year tenure with the USC Trojans, who won back-to-back national championships in 2003-04, Carroll has lead Seattle to a combined regular and post-season record of 43-28, two NFC West titles, and the city's first major sports championship in over 30 years.
Even more impressively, Carroll and Schneider have done all this by finding and developing their own talent. According to SI.com, “only two starting players (center Max Unger and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane) survived from Carroll’s first day to the Super Bowl championship” and Seahawks.com reports that the duo has made more than 800 roster moves in just over four years to find the right mix of players who suit their system.
Their success and comradery have become such a part of Seahawks lore that Schneider made a joke of it at Friday’s press conference.
“I mean, have there been rough times? Sure,” Schneider said, prompting a laugh from Carroll. “When I beat him in cornhole that first night down in the locker room...those are tough things to get over.”
Carroll was a bit less comedic describing his relationship with Schneider, who received his own three-year extension to remain with the team through 2016 last June.
"None of it would have been able to happen without John," Carroll said of his general manager. "It's just the facts. When we came here we really set a vision in place that started with the relationship between the two of us. I felt like we had an opportunity to demonstrate to professional sports how powerful, how crucial this relationship is."
They’ve certainly demonstrated that. Fresh off of their Super Bowl victory and poised for continued success with a roster full of young talent, the Seahawks are the envy of the NFL. With the two men who built the team under contract for another three years, Seattle fans can take comfort knowing their team is in good hands.
"We haven't done everything like you'd think we would along the way," Carroll said. "We've taken some chances and calculated risks that have basically worked out and we're going to keep doing it and doing it the way we know how to."