Pete Carroll just gained a yearly homecoming.
The NFL’s approval Tuesday of the Rams’ move from St. Louis to Los Angeles is going to get the Seahawks’ coach one game for at least the next three seasons in the city where he made his first huge coaching splash. It also is likely to mean he will coach one NFC West game in each of the next three seasons in the stadium where he built a college dynasty.
The Rams’ deal to move includes an agreement to play in a new stadium in the L.A. suburb of Inglewood. That zillion-dollar stadium is likely to be completed in 2019. The most likely place for the Rams to play until then, starting next season: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Yes, that’s the home field for USC. Carroll was 49-5 in home games at the Coliseum as the Trojans’ coach from 2001 through 2009. He became the Seahawks’ coach in January 2010.
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The Chargers have an option to move to L.A. and join the Rams in the new Inglewood stadium. If the Chargers decline the option within the next year and stay in San Diego, the Raiders get the option to move to Los Angeles then join the Rams in the new stadium next to the Hollywood Park horse-racing track.
That could give Carroll and the Seahawks two games at the L.A. Coliseum in 2018. That’s the next season the league’s schedule rotation has Seattle playing teams in the AFC West during the regular season.
This, of course, assumes Carroll remains Seattle’s coach. Carroll, 64, is signed to a two-year extension with the Seahawks through the 2016 season. A couple weeks ago he brushed off a question about his future beyond that. Before the 2015 season he told me he’d love to coach the Seahawks for another 10 years, if they would let him.