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2016 Seattle Seahawks Yearbook

EXECUTIVE VP OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS & HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL @PeteCarroll EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS & HEAD COACH SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 23RD YEAR Named head coach on January 11, 2010, Pete Carroll became the eighth head coach in Seahawks history after one of the most successful runs in USC history in the college ranks. He brings 22 years of NFL experience and 19 years of collegiate experience to Seattle. Carroll’s overall head coaching record is 93-67 in the regular season and 9-6 in the postseason in his 10 years of NFL head coaching. In 2015, he became the eighth active head coach and 43rd coach in NFL history with 100 combined wins (regular season and postseason). In his six seasons as head coach in Seattle, Carroll and General Manager John Schneider constructed the best teams in Seahawks history over the past four seasons with a combined 46-18 record, back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013- 14 and 10-plus wins in four consecutive seasons for the fi rst time in franchise history. Seattle has advanced to the divisional round in fi ve of Carroll’s six seasons as coach, winning two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl, while claiming the No. 1 seed in the NFC twice, and third time in franchise history (2005 under Mike Holmgren, 2013-14). Seattle continued its defensive dominance since 2012 as it led the NFL in scoring defense for the fourth-consecutive season (2012-15), becoming the fi rst defense in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat. Cleveland led the league in scoring defense for a record fi ve-straight seasons from 1953-57 in 12- game seasons. After beginning the 2015 season 0-2, 2-4 and 4-5, the Seahawks became the 22nd team with a losing record after nine games to advance to the postseason, winning six of their last seven games to post a 10-6 record and fi nishing in the top-10 in defense for a franchise-record fi fth-consecutive season (2011-15). Seattle defeated the Vikings in Minnesota in the Wild Card round but dropped a 31-24 decision at Carolina in the divisional round. Seattle’s defense fi nished 2015 ranked second (291.8 ypg) while the offense ranked fourth in the NFL (378.6 ypg), setting the franchise-record with 6,058 yards. It was the fourth time in franchise history, fi rst since 2005, with a top-fi ve offense. The team won its ninth division title in club history in 2014, third under Carroll, after winning the NFC West with a 12-4 record. Seattle fell to New England, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., in a season that saw it begin 3-3 but fi nish the season with a 9-1 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the second consecutive season. The Seahawks also became the fourth team in NFL history to lead the league in fewest points and yards allowed in back-to-back seasons (2013-14), and fi rst since the 1985-86 Chicago Bears. The Seahawks led the league in defense for the second straight year while the offense had the No. 1-ranked rushing attack with a franchise-record 2,762 yards and ranked in the top-10 in offense (ninth overall) for the fi rst time since the 2007 season. Carroll led Seattle to its fi rst Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey on February 2, 2014, after a franchise-best 13-3 regular season record, and joined Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to win a college football national title and a Super Bowl in their career. Carroll and Schneider constructed one of the best defenses in the last 12 years at the time, leading them to the NFL title. The Seahawks defense ranked fi rst overall in the NFL in total defense (273.6 ypg), passing defense (172.0 ypg), points allowed (14.4 ppg), takeaways (39), interceptions (28), turnover differential (+20) and opponent quarterback rating (63.4). The youngest Super Bowl-winning roster in NFL history (26 years, 162 days) was led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, who became the third-youngest quarterback to win the title game (25 years, 65 days). Carroll continues to grow the team through his strong philosophy of preaching competition and taking care of the football. Helping that cause, 22 of 56 draft choices since 2010, and 18 of 38 since 2012, remain with the team to build a strong foundation of continuity, including All-Pros S Kam Chancellor, RS Tyler Lockett, CB Richard Sherman, S Earl Thomas, LB Bobby Wagner and four-time Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson. In 2012, Carroll led Seattle to the NFC Divisional Playoff posting the fourth-best record in franchise history (11-5). Seattle won its fi rst postseason road game since 1983 with a Wild Card Game victory at Washington. One of the youngest teams in the NFL to end the season for the second-consecutive year (second overall, third-youngest defensive starters, fourth-youngest offensive starters), Seattle started 4-4 but went on to fi nish the season 7-1 led by rookie Wilson and the league’s fourth-ranked defense, that also led the league allowing 245 points (15.3 ppg). Carroll’s 2011 squad also ranked as one of the youngest in the NFL; beginning the season with the second-youngest roster in Week 1, once-having the third-youngest offensive line during the season and ending the year with the second-youngest starting defensive unit in the league. He saw his 2011 defense improve weekly, ending the season ranked ninth in the league in total defense, just the sixth time Seattle had boasted a top-10 defense and fi rst since 1997. His offense switched gears from a quick-strike, no-huddle group to 34


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