Seahawks sign Pete Carroll to contract extension through 2021

Pete Carroll (AP file photo)

SEATTLE - Pete Carroll has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, ensuring he will remain head coach through 2021, the Seahawks organization reported Monday.

The extension would make him the longest-tenured coach in Seahawks history, surpassing the 10 seasons that Mike Holmgren spent as the team's head coach.

Carroll, the first coach to lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory, has an 88-54-1 regular-season record and a 9-5 postseason record, making him the team's winningest coach in franchise history.

Following Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks have now clinched a playoff berth for the seventh time in nine seasons since Carroll and general manager John Schneider were hired by Paul Allen following the 2009 season.

“I am excited to announce that we have extended head coach Pete Carroll through the 2021 season,” said Jody Allen, Seahawks chair and trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust, said in a statement released by the Seahawks organization. “This will continue the championship culture that we have created in Seattle.”

“So grateful to Jody and the organization,” said Carroll. “I love this team and couldn’t be more proud to represent the 12s.”

Under Carroll, the Seahawks have won four NFC West titles, two NFC championships, won Super Bowl XLVIII and earned six playoff berths prior to this season, advancing to at least the divisional round each time.

From 2012 to 2016, the Seahawks won 10 or more games for five straight seasons, matching the number of double-digit-winning seasons the franchise had in the previous 35 years.

Sunday’s victory also means the Seahawks will finish the season with a winning record for the seventh straight year.

“More than anything, the ability to stay consistent, stay out in front of the pack, that has always been something that’s been important to me,” Carroll said earlier this month. “Anybody can have a good year and things can come together and you can hit it right and all that. I think it’s a much bigger statement to say that you can find ways to continue to find the success and that’s the big challenge. That’s what’s most important to me."

As for this year, Carroll said he is "thankful for the fun we’re having in this season.” Carroll said last month.

“To see these guys work so hard and share this experience that they’re having—and it has been ongoing. ... They’re really good to be around, fun to be around and I’m thankful that they make it fun for me and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. Lucky to be here."

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