It’s hard to imagine the type of success Pete Carroll has had with the Seattle Seahawks since he took over for Jim Mora. But with all of the success that Carroll has been able to boast about, it may have never come to fruition if he took a job coaching for Arkansas.
According to Will Brinson of CBS Sports in 2012, the Arkansas Razorbacks contacted Carroll for a head coaching job in the SEC. But with the Seahawks becoming the team of Carroll’s NFL dreams, there was no way he was going to take it. The Razorbacks just released Bobby Petrino in worry that his behavior would jeopardize the reputation of the team. Sure, the team was top 10 in the country and had the strength of schedule to put themselves in a position for a national championship. But the 2012 team couldn’t even muster up 5 wins and missed out on a bowl game.
So how did the Seahawks do in 2012? Better than what many may have expected. The Seahawks finished 11-5 and made it to the Divisional Round, to just miss out on the NFC Championship by a field goal (fans will not forget the timeout that was a miss). That was the same season where the Seahawks brought on Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, and Russell Wilson. It wouldn’t be long before the Seahawks would find themselves in back-to-back Super Bowls, winning one and being 20 seconds away from the other.
Needless to say, fans are thankful that Pete Carroll stayed. If Carroll was not at the helm, it is quite possible Tom Cable would have been the head coach. If Cable’s offensive line is any foreshadowing to his success, we could have been the west coast Browns. With Carroll in charge, Seattle has enjoyed 4 NFC West Champions, one of the longest Post-season streaks for current teams, and one of the most interesting tie games against the Arizona Cardinals. It’s difficult to find a gem for a head coach, but Seattle has one of the best in the NFL.