Carroll’s Seattle Swan Song as Belichick bids Boston goodbye

By Joshua Stewart

Twitter: @JoshStewart47

Bill Belichick has mutually agreed to leave his role as head coach of the New England Patriots, a role he started in 2000.

In his tenure at Foxborough, the home of the Patriots, Belichick has won a record six Super Bowls, more than any other head coach in history. It also means that no franchise in the entire league has more Super bowls than him.

It was also announced that the Seattle Seahawks would also be looking for a new head coach for the first time since 2010 after Pete Carroll moved to an advisory position in the organisation.

Carroll brought Seattle to their first Super Bowl win in 2014, after defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in their second attempt at winning the Lombardi Trophy.

The two coaches faced off against each other in the 49th Super Bowl, with Belichick emerging the victor after one of the most iconic moments in NFL history.

The Seahawks were two yards away from the endzone with less than 30 seconds on the clock when the Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw the ball, trying to score the winning touchdown instead of handing it over to Marshawn Lynch, who was wildly considered one of the top running backs at the time.

Undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted the ball and secured the Patriots and Belichick another title as Pete Carroll was pictured crouching in disbelief.

Carroll would never win a second Super bowl as head coach but would set a franchise record for the most amount of wins for a head coach for the Seahawks.

Belichick would go on to win two more Lombardi trophies and also set franchise records for most wins, most Super Bowls, most Divisional and most Conference titles for the Patriots.

Both teams have struggled since the end of their respective eras of dominance, with the Patriots failing to reach the Super Bowl since Tom Brady’s departure and so too have the Seahawks struggled since Russell Wilson left.

Belichick has already been linked with other teams and hasn’t publicly said anything about retirement whilst Carroll is taking a less hands on role whilst remaining part of his beloved Seahawks family.

It is not clear who either organisation favour to take over the respective roles but little doubt remains that two of greatest coaching dynasties in NFL history have had the curtains drawn on them.