Pete Carroll gets props from Mike Macdonald for building Seahawks foundation

When the Seahawks announced they were removing Pete Carroll as head coach they said he’d be staying on in an “advisory role.” Since then we haven’t heard from anyone on what that means exactly or how he fits into the new front office structure. It’s starting to seem like he won’t be involved at all with this organization, at least not this year.

We’ll continue to monitor the Carroll situation. For now, new head coach Mike Macdonald knows he has some pretty big Monarchs to fill – and he is cognizant of the fine work Carroll did in establishing a winning culture at the VMAC. However, he also recognizes that in order to improve the Seahawks have to take on their own identity.

Here’s what he told Tom Pelissero yesterday at the Annual League Meeting about his predecessor and moving forward without him, via Coral Smith at

“(Carroll’s) such an integral part of building this foundation, of who the Seahawks are, and that’s one of the reasons why it was so appealing for this opportunity. So it’s hard to separate those things… I have my way of seeing things and what I believe in, and a lot of that is aligned with what he believes in, from what I understand. However, this team needs to take on its own identity, just like any team, any year, and I’m the one to lead that charge. So it’ll be in our vision, and we’ll move forward.”

On paper, the team has taken a small step backwards – having lost key performers like Bobby Wagner and Quandre Diggs. At least in Year 1 the Seahawks may have to rely on Macdonald’s schematic genius for their improvement on defense.

Fans should try to be patient in 2024 and remember that it usually takes a season before a team really turns the corner under a new coach. If they can hit on a third-straight strong draft class then this team should make a pretty big surge forward in 2025.

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