Looking at what it means for the Seahawks with the Rams moving from St. Louis back to Los Angeles.
The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles after a 21-year run in St. Louis.
And that means the Seahawks’ yearly trip to the Midwest is no more, with the Seahawks instead being set for annual visits to LA.
The Rams are expected to play next season (and maybe a few more) at the historic LA Memorial Coliseum — where USC currently plays and where the Rams and Raiders used to play — until a new stadium can be built (the expectation is the 2019 season for the new digs).
And that means Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will apparently have a chance next season to again roam the sidelines of the stadium he called home during his time as head coach at USC from 2001-2009 before coming to Seattle in 2010. Carroll was 97-19 overall at USC and went five full seasons — 2002 to 2006 — without losing a game at the Coliseum. And it’s not hard to envision a Carroll return to LA getting a lot of attention, maybe even national TV treatment of some sort. (The NFL back in Los Angeles could also lead to rumors of Carroll returning there someday to finish his career — but that’s probably a topic best left for another day).
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The Seahawks were an annual visitor to the Coliseum themselves when the Raiders played there from 1982-94.
Maybe the two most memorable games the Seahawks played at the Coliseum were the 1984 AFC Championship game, won by the Raiders, 30-14, and the regular-season finale in 1988 when a 43-37 Seattle clinched the team’s first AFC West title.
The Seahawks are 5-10 all-time at the Coliseum.
That the Rams are moving and the Chargers may move — but the Raiders are for now staying put — would also seem to mean no changes to the lineups of any divisions.
There had been a thought that if both the Chargers and Raiders moved to Los Angeles that one of the teams would have to move to the NFC West and possibly mean a team such as the Seahawks moving back to the AFC West. But there doesn’t appear to be any need for that now though the futures of the Chargers and Raiders remain uncertain.
And yes, this also means one less regular 10 a.m. start for the Seahawks.
While that start time has been an issue for the Seahawks through the years, though, it didn’t always bother the Seahawks in St. Louis.
Seattle went 7-7 against the Rams in St. Louis after losing the first three from 2002-04 after the Seahawks moved into the NFC West and began playing in St. Louis every season. Seattle won five straight there from 2005-09. The Seahawks, though, lost the last two, including a 34-31 overtime loss on opening day this season that looms as apparently the last game Seattle could ever play in St. Louis.