Report: Carroll to Seahawks “looming”

Updating a previous post, it appears that the Seahawks’ hire of USC head coach Pete Carroll is “looming” according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Here’s a breakdown of all the Carroll-to-Seattle rumors via the Post Intelligencer:

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke was in Southern California earlier this week to talk to Carroll and gauge his interest in the Seahawks’ job.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was the first to link Carroll’s name with the Seahawks. Mortensen said on SportsCenter his league sources indicate it would be almost surprising at this point if Carroll doesn’t make the move. Here’s his story on ESPN.com.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports posted a note on his Twitter account that two people close to Carroll said the Seahawks are “dangling an exhorbitant amount of money at him.”

Former Los Angeles Times columnist J.A. Adande, now with ESPN, writes that a football source told him Carroll to the Seahawks is a “done done done deal.”

Seahawks owner Paul Allen certainly has the money to make this deal happen, but Carroll has had the opportunity to return to the NFL a couple of times and hasn’t done it. If he does leave USC, why choose the Seahawks? What makes them a more intriguing employer than some of the other teams that have courted him over the past couple of years? It can’t be the money because I’m sure other NFL owners have been willing to pony up before. Maybe this is just the right time for Carroll.

From a scheme and game plan standpoint, Carroll is a fit for the NFL because he already runs a pro style system. (USC is essentially a junior NFL team based on the way the program is run under Carroll.) But is he too much of a ra-ra guy to succeed in the pros? He was criticized when he was the head coach of the Jets and Patriots in the 90s because he was too much of a “player’s coach.” Should we expect anything different this time around?

It’ll be interesting to see if this deal gets finalized and based on Seattle’s decision to fire Jim Mora without hiring a new GM to replace Tim Ruskell, there’s a good chance it will.


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