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Pete Carroll quickly dispells interest in Rams' coaching vacancy

The Seahawks head coach wasted little time in voicing his disinterest in the Rams' new opening.

With the Los Angeles Rams deciding to fire head coach Jeff Fisher earlier this week, it has immediately sparked up the rumor mill about possible candidates for the open vacancy.

One of the first few names that have been linked to the position is someone that has become quite a familiar face for the Rams over the last few seasons in Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. In light of that, Carroll wasted little time in responding to the reports that Los Angeles may be interested in him to fill their head coach position. 

"I have no comment about that," said Carroll, who signed an extension with the Seahawks last July that runs through 2019.

He also added that it's something that he would want to quickly rule out completely as a possibility. Despite that, he has become an obvious target due to his strong connection to the city due to previously being the head coach at USC leading them to a pair of national championships and seven major bowl game appearances in nine seasons prior to bolting to the Seahawks in 2010. 

Carroll has expanded on that with Seattle through his first four full seasons that includes two Super Bowl appearances while winning Super Bowl XLVIII, four playoff berths, and two NFC West division titles. On top of that, they appear to be headed toward adding a third division title in the last four years while making the playoffs for a fifth straight time.

Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson believes it is these parameters surrounding Carroll that have made him a such a hot commodity. 

"He’s one of the all-time great coaches, in my opinion. I think he’s a Hall of Fame coach," Wilson said. "Obviously, Coach Carroll has got tons of ties to L.A., and his relationship there. Obviously, coaching at USC for such a long time, and winning so many championships. Of course they’re going to come after Coach Carroll, because he’s a great coach."

That said, Wilson appears to be quite confident that Carroll will remain with the Seahawks.

"Hopefully, he stays here. We obviously love him here," Wilson said. "It’s kind of really the first time I really heard about it. But, I think that, obviously, we love Coach Carroll here, and the things that he’s done for us, and winning a Super Bowl here. He’s pretty cool, and pretty special.”

There are a few other names that have been mentioned as possibilities such as Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. 


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