His team may have just been crowned Super Bowl champions, but Pete Carroll is not resting on his laurels and has plans for continued success with the Seattle Seahawks.
Speaking the morning after his teams 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos last night, the 62 year-old head coach said his team will begin planning for next season shortly.
"The first meeting we'll have will be [Tuesday]," coach Pete Carroll said at his Monday morning news conference. "Our guys will be surprised if we didn't [repeat as Super Bowl champions]"
With such a young team, it is unlikely that the Seahawks team will be disrupted by a spate of retirements, unlike the previous Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. However it remains to be seen if the Seahawks can balance out their salary cap and maintain this level of play.
Pete Carroll praised the team's general manager for the ability to build such a young, competitive team in a short space of time.
"John Schneider has done an extraordinary job of structuring this roster of looking ahead so that we keep our guys together," Carroll said.
"A lot of times what happens is that teams have a big fallout after the Super Bowl. We don't need to be in that situation. We've done that with foresight so that we'll be ahead. We'll get going for the next challenge."
That next challenge is the opening day of next season, a mere 213 days away. The Seahawks will start at home, with a distinct possibility of their opponents being the Denver Broncos.