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2017 Seattle Seahawks Yearbook

EXECUTIVE VP OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS & HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL @PeteCarroll EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS & HEAD COACH SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 8TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 24TH 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 23 years of NFL experience and 19 years of collegiate experience to Seattle. Carroll’s overall head coaching record is 103-72-1 in the regular season and 10-7 in the postseason in his 11 years of NFL head coaching. In 2016, he became the 39th head coach in NFL history with 100 wins in the regular season. In his seven seasons as head coach in Seattle, Carroll and General Manager John Schneider constructed the best teams in Seahawks history over the past five seasons with a combined 56- 23-1 record, back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013-14, 10-plus wins in five consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history and winning three NFC West Division titles. Seattle has advanced to the divisional round in six of Carroll’s seven 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 led the NFL in scoring defense for four-consecutive seasons from 2012-15, becoming the first defense in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat. Cleveland led the league in scoring defense for a record five-straight seasons from 1953- 57 in 12-game seasons. Carroll continues to grow the team through his strong philosophy of preaching competition and taking care of the football. Helping that cause, 35 of 77 draft choices since 2010, and 27 of 38 since 2014, 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, four-time Pro Bowl QB Russell Wilson and Pro Bowlers WR Doug Baldwin and LB K.J. Wright. The Seahawks won their 10th division title in franchise history in 2016 with a 10-5-1 record. Seattle’s defense finished in the top-5 for the fifth-consecutive season, an impressive feat during an era of unprecedented scoring and yardage numbers in NFL history. Seattle’s NFL-record streak of not losing by more than 10 points in 85 regular season games (95 games including playoffs) ended at Green Bay (12/11/16), and its NFL-record streak of 88 regular season games (98 games including playoffs) where it has led or been within one score in the fourth quarter came to an end at Tampa Bay (11/27/16). 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 finishing in the top-10 in defense for a franchise-record fifth-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 finished 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, first since 2005, with a top-five 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 finish 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 first 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 first time since the 2007 season. Carroll led Seattle to its first 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 first 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 QB Russell Wilson, who became the third-youngest quarterback to win the title game (25 years, 65 days). In 2012, Carroll led Seattle to the NFC Divisional Playoff posting the fourth-best record in franchise history (11-5). Seattle won its first 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 finish the season 7-1 led by rookie Wilson and the league’s fourth-ranked defense, that also led the 36


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