Pete Carroll

NFL Coach of the Year award winners inexplicably snubbed Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll from being a finalist for the award.

The NFL world learned of the coaching candidates up for the award on Wednesday. The NFL announced that Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, New York Giants coach Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott, and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson were finalists.

In all, it’s a fine quintet of choices. But, Pete Carroll is a glaring omission. Absolutely nobody on earth thought that the Seahawks would win as many games as they did or, let alone, make the playoffs. Many pegged Seattle as one of the worst teams in the league. Acquiring Geno Smith didn’t do them any favors, nor did trading Russell Wilson. Still, the team persevered and pulled off a stunning run. Carroll earned himself a lot of credit for that, but voters seemingly didn’t think it was enough to warrant consideration.

The NFL world reacted to the news of Carroll’s snub.

Gregg Bell of The News Tribune tweeted, “So by the looks of this, Pete Carroll took the entire 2022 Seahawks season off. Just did nothing.”

John Boyle expressed disappointment. “The same people who vote on this decided not a single Seahawks player was All-Pro worthy, yet Pete Carroll isn’t a Coach of the Year candidate after leading Seattle back to the playoffs with a new QB and a ton of rookies in huge roles? OK.”

One of Carroll’s own took to his defense. Seahawks defensive back Quandre Diggs tweeted, “Man I don’t understand how Pete isn’t a finalist! Not a Top 5coaching job with a team everybody expected to be sorry? Y’all killed me last year when I said ‘Pete told me we’re not rebuilding we’re trying to win now!’ Once I resigned!”

 

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