Seahawks’ Pete Carroll tries to end retirement speculation

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll addressed speculation that he may walk away at the end of the season, tweeting Sunday that he will not.

Nicklas Lidstrom Game Jersey When asked about the tweet after Seattle’s regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals, which Seattle lost 26-24, Carroll said, That was a good tweet, didn’t you think? It was right on point.

It’s a difficult year and that’s because of the guys that we were unable to keep with us, Carroll said, an apparent reference to how Seattle lost cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor, defensive end Cliff Avril and others to season-ending injuries. They were in the locker room today, but they couldn’t help us. It’s just unfortunate that we weren’t quite there to get it all together the way that we want it to.
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Carroll signed a contract extension in the summer of 2016 that runs through the 2019 season.

It took a lot of courage for the Glazer family to bring me back [and] bring the staff back with the record what it is, but I really appreciate that, Koetter said. We will start the evaluation process tomorrow. We will send these guys off on their vacation and we will start working on 2018.

Koetter was informed Friday that he would be retained for 2018. It came after a month of difficult questions about everything from his relationship with quarterback Jameis Winston to if he feared he’d lost his locker room.

After multiple players voiced their approval of the move Sunday night, Koetter said, It makes me feel pretty good.

The 2017 Pittsburgh Steelers conducted their first training camp practice of the season on July 28, which means they’ve been on the football grind for more than five months. By the time quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell enter the field for the AFC divisional playoffs, though, they won’t have played in a competitive game for 19 days.