Rams Eyeing Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

Let the rumors begin. In a city dominated by celebrity gossip, it only makes sense that there will be rampant speculation about the Rams’ head coaching vacancy and several big names bandied about. The “power brokers” within the Rams organization have Seahawks coach Pete Carroll high atop their wishlist, multiple sources tell Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. That group includes owner Stan Kroenke and vice president of football operations Kevin DemoffPete Carroll

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There are a few important things to note here. One, Carroll is under contract with Seattle through the 2019 season, and the Seahawks aren’t about to give their star coach away to a divisional rival. Secondly, there’s no indication in Robinson’s report that the Rams have reached out to Carroll. Third, it’s not known whether the job would be of interest to the former USC head coach, though some believe that a return to California would appeal to him. Robinson’s report is clear on all of these points: the interest is there, but it is not necessarily mutual, nor is it particularly likely to come to fruition.

Pete makes sense in a lot of ways,” one source said. “There is already a defensive core in place for him to work with. He has deep coaching ties across [the NFL] and knows how to build an offensive staff that can bring along [Goff]. … He’s a California guy at heart and has a track record there with the L.A. fan base [from his time at USC]. He’s also a great, great coach.”

Would Carroll consider leaving the Seahawks? Would the Seahawks even entertain the notion of sending a Super Bowl winning coach to another NFC West team? And, when push comes to shove, are the Rams ready to give Carroll a record-setting contract and forfeit several draft picks? It’s a situation to keep an eye on this offseason, but the roadblocks here are massive.

For what it’s worth, Carroll responded in the affirmative today when asked if he’d rule out any chance of wanting to coach the Rams (Twitter link via Jack Wang of the Daily News).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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17 comments on “Rams Eyeing Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll

  1. Chris

    This would be an exciting move for football but I’m not sure it makes sense for the Seahawks. But perhaps if Pete wants to go and the Rams are willing to give up picks it could work out for everyone. Pete looks great but I’m not sure just how much longer he’ll coach but he could be the ideal person to instill life into the fan base and the team itself.

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    • SD Speak For Myself

      Nick Saban is the man with the plan. He has nothing to prove in college.

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      • elotro45@yahoo.com

        Nick Saban is the grand poobah of college football.
        Year after year, the Crimson Tide of Alabama washes ashore.
        No one better than Alabama.
        Not now. Not ever.

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  2. madmanTX

    Seriously? Rams gonna mortgage their future trying to buy him out of his contract?

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    • Vedder80

      They already mortgaged their future to pick a QB that sucks.

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  3. Sports

    Never gonna happen. Let’s focus on what makes most sense… McDaniels to LA.

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  4. SODO MOJO

    As a Hawk fan I wouldn’t be opposed to a Gruden-esque type haul : 1st 2nd next yr, 1st two yrs away, 2nd three years away.

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    • The Rams already traded this year’s first to the Titans for Goff.

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  5. stryk3istrukuout

    Didn’t realize you could trade picks for a coach…that’s absurd. Is it like that in other sports? Maybe it’s been a bit since something like that happened. I guess the change would make some sense if you were to get analytical as the Seahawks are losing a bit of stock, if even marginally.

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    • GrandSlammy

      The last time I specifically remember it happening was the Mariners trading Lou Piniella to the then TB Devil Rays for Randy Winn etc

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    • Doc Rivers was traded to the Clippers from the Celtics for the clippers 2015 first round draft pick.

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      • Booger

        Yeah, a rebuilding eastern conference team sent their coach to a Western conference team that was ready to win.

        Apples to oranges.

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    • elotro45@yahoo.com

      Humility and being humble don’t go together.
      So refreshing to know that Richard Sherman isn’t bleating as often as he does.
      My only wish is that The Seattle Seahawks would let Pete Carroll go.
      His return to California would only catapult the NFL into the stratosphere.
      Can you imagine a top-flight, premier team, complete with proven talents, a great passer, a great runner, great weather, yeeha.
      We could all watch America’s Favorite Team.
      Oh, yeah.

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  6. Lou Sainis

    Yea, definitely NOT gonna happen. I think Jon Gruden is the splash they need!!!

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  7. whereslou

    If Pete really wanted to go I am sure they would take multiple 1st rnd picks for him, but I doubt Pete would be dumb enough to give away the future to do that. He would want John to come with which would cost even more. Might build a team in 4-5 years but would the SC crowd wait that long then how many more years would Pete have left. Doesn’t make sense.

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