Seahawks’ Macdonald ‘not intimidated’ by following Carroll

Feb 17, 2024, 9:40 AM

Seattle Seahawks Mike Macdonald...

Mike Macdonald as speaks to the media as he is named the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1, 2024. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks saw their highest of highs during Pete Carroll’s 14 years as the team’s head coach. But a new era is underway as Mike Macdonald is now running the show.

Bumpus: Seattle Seahawks OC Grubb brings plenty to like in run game

The 36-year-old Macdonald comes to Seattle after spending nine of the last 10 years in Baltimore, including the last two as defensive coordinator of one of the NFL’s best defenses. Macdonald is the youngest head coach in the NFL, which is interesting as he’s succeeding Carroll, who was the oldest head coach in the NFL last year at 72 years old.

Macdonald joined Seattle Sports’ Brock and Salk on Monday and was asked specifically about taking over the Seahawks after Carroll’s terrific tenure.

“We’re talking to coach Mike Macdonald and I’ll admit, this is a little surreal,” Brock and Salk host Mike Salk said. “I mean, Brock (Huard) and I have been hosting the show for the better part of 15 years, and for 14 of them we sat across the table from one coach. You come into the building following that coach and the ghosts are everywhere and his influence upon this building is so strong. How do you respect that while still putting your own brand and stamp on things like the basketball hoop that’s out there (in the meeting room) or the music at training camp? How will you handle all of that stuff?”

Regarding the basketball hoop, Macdonald chuckled and said they haven’t decided whether or not it’s staying.

But overall, being the guy to follow Carroll is something Macdonald is taking very seriously.

“I’m not intimidated by that. It’s not something that I’m worried about,” he said. “It’s something that you want to embrace.”

During Macdonald’s introductory press conference, Macdonald told reporters that it’s hard to think of the Seahawks and not think about Carroll. He reiterated that to Brock and Salk.

“You have to have respect for what they’ve been able to do here in the last 15 years,” Macdonald said. “So I think you’re looking at building upon the foundation and not trying to reset it. I mean, that just makes sense to me.”

Macdonald said that at the end of the day, he and the Seahawks will stay true to their philosophy and what’s core to them.

“I think you stay true to who I am as a person and as a leader and as a coach, and that’ll start to like kind of manifest itself in terms of the personality of the team,” he said. “And I think we’re just going to go in with the mentality of, ‘Hey, let’s do what’s best for the Seahawks and the guys that we have and where we want to go.'”

“And the kind of remnants of Coach Carroll’s legacy here, I mean, yeah, absolutely, we’re not trying to shy away (from that),” he later said. “We want to be around that, we want to build around that. I’m excited to kind of work through that and see where it takes us.”

Learning from the Harbaughs

Carroll isn’t the only notable coach that Macdonald will be tied to.

Macdonald coached for nine years under Ravens head coach John Harbaugh over the last 10 seasons. And the one year Macdonald wasn’t in Baltimore? He was the defensive coordinator at Michigan under John’s brother Jim, who is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

“It’s a lot of who I am, Brock, it really is,” Macdonald told Huard when asked about his time coaching under those two. “I mean, that’s been my experience the last 10 years. I’ve really been shaped to those two organizations.”

One of Macdonald’s biggest takeaways from coaching for the Harbaugh brothers was that those two are “as real as it gets” and their players understand what they’re all about.

“The players realize that their motive is what’s best for the team and what’s best for the players. And they have their players’ backs and they’re ready to go to war with those guys,” Macdonald said. “I mean you talk about ultimate competitors. So I have the same mentality. I mean, it’s through the lens of what’s best for the team, what’s best for the players, and we’re going to build it that way rather than just being stubborn and (being about) what Mike Macdonald thinks all the time.”

Hear the full Brock and Salk conversation with Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Macdonald in the podcast at this link or either the video or audio player near the top of this post.

Draft analyst shares a fit for Macdonald’s Seattle Seahawks defense

Brock and Salk podcast

Brock and Salk

Seattle Mariners Bryce Miller Cubs 2024...

Cameron Van Til

Passan: Why Mariners didn’t trade their young pitchers

ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan explained why the Seattle Mariners likely won't ever get proper trade value for their talented, young pitchers.

32 minutes ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Joel Klatt on which of the Washington Huskies players in the ’24 NFL Draft will have the best career

Which of the Washington Huskies players in the 2024 NFL Draft will have the best career in the NFL? Why does he think he’ll have the best career at the next level? Joel Klatt joined Brock Huard and Mike Salk to talk about that and what the biggest factor in that success might be. What […]

3 hours ago

Michael Penix UW Huskies Seattle Seahawks draft...

Cameron Van Til

Klatt: Why Seahawks should draft Michael Penix Jr. at No. 16

Should the Seattle Seahawks draft Michael Penix Jr.? FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt explains why he wouldn't let the UW Huskies star past No. 16.

4 hours ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: Brock Huard’s NFL Draft Profile: Jared Verse, DE – Florida State

Today on Brock and Salk, Brock Huard looked at a potential fit for the Seattle Seahawks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Why does Brock think Florida State DL Jared Verse might be a defensive fit for the Seahawks? What else could he bring to the defense other than DL depth? Watch his breakdown of him […]

6 hours ago

Seattle Seahawks Draft Profile T'Vondre Sweat...

Zac Hereth

Brock’s Seahawks Draft Profile: A Texas-sized DT

Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard looks at massive Texas defensive tackle T'Vondre Sweat as an NFL Draft fit for the Seattle Seahawks.

2 days ago

UW Huskies Troy Fautanu USC...

Cameron Van Til

UW OL Troy Fautanu shares thoughts on possible move to guard in NFL

Former UW Huskies left tackle and projected first-round draft pick Troy Fautanu discussed speculation that he could move to guard in the NFL.

2 days ago

Seahawks’ Macdonald ‘not intimidated’ by following Carroll