Monday's NFL: Seahawks sign Pete Carroll to extension through 2021
Renton, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is sticking around through the 2021 season after signing a three-year contract extension.
Carroll said he was first approached about an extension last week and finished the deal on Monday. The contract will take him through his 70th birthday in September 2021.
Carroll is in his ninth season as Seattle’s coach and clinched his seventh playoff berth with Sunday’s victory over Kansas City. He is 97-59-1 overall in his tenure and led Seattle to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, winning the franchise’s only championship after the 2013 season.
There was some question about the direction of the franchise following the death of owner Paul Allen in October, but Carroll says he “in great shape” and is appreciative of how he’s been treated by the organization since his arrival.
“The organization has been exceedingly good to me throughout the whole time we’ve been here and they have continued to take that position and I couldn’t be happier,” Carroll said.
Carroll is the franchise leader in victories and had only two losing seasons in his time with the Seahawks — they went 7-9 in his first two years. His longevity with the Seahawks contrasts with his first stints as an NFL head coach when he lasted one season as the New York Jets coach in 1994 and three seasons with New England before being let go after the 1999 season.
This season was supposed to be the start of a rebuild for Seattle, but Carroll’s team has been ahead of schedule and will be back in the playoffs after missing the postseason a year ago.
“It feels like we are just getting started,” Carroll said.
(At) Oakland 27, Denver 14: Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, and the Raiders gave their fans plenty to celebrate in their possible final game in Oakland.
The Raiders (4-11) are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and have no lease for next year. With Oakland officials having sued the team over the move, the Raiders are looking into other options for 2019, including AT&T Park in San Francisco.
A decision is expected before the Super Bowl, but many of the die-hards came out for this game knowing it could be the last NFL game ever in the stadium that opened in 1966.
It has been almost that long since the Broncos (6-9) had gone back-to-back seasons with losing records, having last done it in 1971-72. After going 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph’s first season, Denver has done little better in year two and general manager John Elway could be ready to make a change after the season.
Shortly after Oakland native Marshawn Lynch lit the torch in honor of late owner Al Davis before the game, Harris delivered the biggest highlight with a punt return that was tied for the second-longest ever.
Andre Holmes deflected Colby Wadman’s punt just before it crossed the goal line and Isaac Yiadom was in position to down it at the 1. But he couldn’t hold onto the ball and Harris picked it up before racing 99 yards down the sideline for the touchdown that stunned the Broncos. Only Patrick Peterson (99 yards) and Robert Bailey (103) have punt returns that long in NFL history.
Washington released safety D.J. Swearinger with one game remaining in the regular season.
Swearinger has been critical of the team, which has dealt with significant injuries to the offensive line and quarterback, and was reportedly critical of the lack of aggressive play calling in Saturday's 25-16 loss at Tennessee.
... The Titans placed four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey on injured reserve, their second defensive starter lost for the season in as many weeks.
... Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced quarterback Nick Foles will remain under center, though it’s no surprise because Carson Wentz hasn’t been cleared to return from a back injury that has forced him to miss the last two games.