Is Pete Carroll a Good Fit For the Seattle Seahawks?

Tim HealeyContributor IJanuary 8, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the Boston College Eagles during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Most NFL coaches who get fired receive their walking papers on the Monday after the final regular season. The Seattle Seahawks waited a few more days, but they have sent Jim Mora packing after just one season, due to the team's 5-11 record.

Rumors are already centering on potential replacements—such as current USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll or Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

ESPN reports that the Seahawks sought permission to interview Frazier, and Frazier declined. Carroll could be the next target.

On the one hand, Carroll could be a good fit, due to his laid-back West Coast style and his previous NFL experience, not to mention his success at USC. But on the other hand, Carroll struggled as the head coach of the New England Patriots, and it's hard to see why he'd want to leave southern California, where has not only built a very successful program, but he has also become a fixture in the community.

Carroll has been known to wander—by himself, without security—into some of the Los Angeles' area's toughest neighborhoods to talk to troubled youths about their future.

Would Carroll want to return to the NFL? Could he have more success in Seattle than Mora did? Would he want to go to a team that fired its previous coach after just one season, with potential labor trouble looming?

Those are questions Carroll must ask himself before he leaves the sunny skies of SoCal for the rainy Seattle environs.