Black Monday had a couple of surprises. The Tennessee Titans letting go of Mike Vrabel is at the top of the list. But there was just a shake-up in the NFC West, as Pete Carroll will no longer be the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Carroll could remain with the organization, likely in a front-office role. At 72, energy and enthusiasm weren’t an issue for Carroll. It’ll be interesting to see what his next title is.
This marks the changing of the guard and a new era for the Seahawks. Carroll has been the head coach since 2010, where he also had the title of Vice President of Football Operations.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport believes Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn could be a strong candidate to replace Carroll.
Quinn was the defensive coordinator in Seattle from 2013 to 2014 but was with the Seahawks as an assistant head coach in 2009. Quinn popularized the Legion of Boom years.
Quinn feels like the easy way out. Why fire Carroll just to hire someone from his coaching tree? If the plan is to be a Shanahan/McVay offense, you’ll need to hire someone who runs a scheme to stop it.
Now that Carroll is out, Kyle Shanahan is the longest-tenured head coach in the NFC. Both he and Sean McVay are in their seventh year.
Who do you think will replace Carroll? My guess would be defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald from the Baltimore Ravens.