Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has agreed a contract extension through 2019, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Just two days earlier, the team signed general manager John Schneider to a new five-year extension.
Team owner Paul Allen confirm the signing on Tuesday night:
Carroll has found plenty of success in his third stint as an NFL head coach, but his contract was set to expire after the 2016 season. With this extension, the Seahawks guarantee Carroll will be around for a few more seasons. Carroll, who is the oldest coach in the league, will turn 65 in September and has been a coach at various levels since the 1970s.
Carroll first joined the NFL as a defensive backs coach with the Buffalo Bills in 1984. He held the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, and in 1990 was named the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets. He served in that position until 1994, when the Jets made him a head coach.
He only held that position for a single season though, after the Jets got off to a 6-5 start, only to lose all of their remaining games. He was fired after the one season, and was a defensive coordinator again for the San Francisco 49ers, before the New England Patriots made him head coach from 1997 through 1999. After he was fired there, he joined USC as its head coach until the Seahawks hired him in 2010.
With the Seahawks, Carroll took a team that was fast becoming irrelevant in the NFC West and had them winning double-digit games by his third season. The Seahawks lost a pair of Divisional Round playoff games, and then broke through with a Super Bowl win in 2013. In 2014, they made it to the big game again, but fell to the Patriots.
This past season was something of a down year for Carroll's team. The Seahawks finished with a 10-6 record and made the playoffs as a wild card team. They beat the Minnesota Vikings on the road, but the Carolina Panthers ousted them in the Divisional round.
Carroll is 60-36 in the regular season and 8-4 in the postseason with the Seahawks. For his career, he has a regular season winning percentage of .581 and a postseason winning percentage of .600.