Pete Carroll supports assistants seeking bigger NFL jobs

don.ruiz@thenewstribune.comJanuary 4, 2014 

RENTON — Pete Carroll’s coaching tree could grow again, as Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn have been linked to NFL head coaching jobs.

Minnesota has expressed interest in both coaches, while Bevell also has been mentioned in connection with the Washington job and Quinn with the Cleveland vacancy.

Neither coordinator was available to the media Friday. However, Carroll recently repeated his support for assistants advancing their careers.

“It’s pretty fundamental to me that I’m trying to help everybody be the best that they can be,” he said. “So that goes for the coaches, as well. ... I’ve always known that if you do well, guys are going to move and that that’s part of it.”

The Seahawks have done well, as their 13-3 regular season earned them the top seed in the NFC playoffs and a bye for this wild-card playoff weekend.

The offense finished eighth in scoring under Bevell, who also was in the mix for a top job last season.

“Bevell was involved last year with an opportunity or two, and rightly so,” Carroll said. “He’s a tremendous football coach. He’s a great play-caller, designer of the offense and all of that. He’s got it nailed.”

Quinn’s defense led the league in fewest points and yards allowed, and in interceptions.

“Dan is a terrific football coach,” Carroll said. “He’s got tremendous background in the game. He’s got great character about the game. He’s a great communicator; he knows what he wants.”

Quinn is in his first year as Seattle’s defensive coordinator after replacing Gus Bradley, who last offseason was hired as coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Carroll sounds ready if something similar happens again.

“I’m not trying to kick anybody out of here,” he said. “... If somebody wants to get someplace, we’ll help them in every way we can, and we’ll make this an attractive place for the next person to come.”

INJURY UPDATES

Carroll said linebacker K.J. Wright (foot) has been ruled out of Seattle’s playoff opener Jan. 11, but he could be ready for the NFC championship game if the Seahawks advance.

There was potentially positive news elsewhere along the injury list.

Receiver Percy Harvin “looked very sharp” while participating in everything Friday except the two-minute drill. He is expected to practice again Monday, although he won’t speak to media until later in the week. Carroll said a decision on Harvin’s possible return for the playoff opener won’t be rushed.

“I’m so excited about how he’s fought to get to this point and did not back off it,” Carroll said. “... I’m just so proud of him that he’s made it to this point, whether he plays or not.”

Tight end Luke Willson (ankle) ran and cut Friday, and told Carroll he expects to be ready to play. Receiver Jermaine Kearse (ankle), a former Lakes High School and University of Washington standout, is scheduled to be full go next week. Offensive tackle Russell Okung was given time off this week to help his toe heal.

WEEKEND WATCHING

The Seahawks have the weekend off before returning to practice Monday.

Some players said they would watch the playoffs much like other fans — although the Seahawks have a more direct interest in one or perhaps two of the games.

The New Orleans Saints will visit the Philadelphia Eagles at 5:10 p.m. Saturday. If the Saints win, they will head to Seattle next week. If the Eagles win, then the Seahawks will open the playoffs against the winner of the San Francisco-at-Green Bay game, scheduled for 1:40 p.m. Sunday.

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas said the team has no preference on who it will play.

“We’re just excited for the challenge, the opportunity,” he said. “So many teams packed up their bags and are at home right now. We get to keep playing football.”

LYNCH TRIAL DATE MOVED

Running back Marshawn Lynch’s court date for a jury trial in Alameda County (Calif.) Court was pushed back for the second time.

Lynch’s new trial date is Feb. 21, according to his lawyer, Ivan Golde. The court date stems from charges filed against him for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in July 2012.

Staff writer Todd Dybas contributed to this report. Don Ruiz: 253-597-8808 don.ruiz@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @donruiztnt

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