SEATTLE, Wash. -- Hired four seasons ago to bring order to a disenchanted franchise, Pete Carroll vowed to lead the Seattle Seahawks the only way he knew how. After an eventful and often tumultuous run marred recently by player unrest, livid fans and a boss angry about abrupt personnel decisions and a 6-9 slump this year, Carroll is out. His unorthodox approach to offensive strategy and loose communication style are gone, too, leaving behind a talented team that's out of the playoff race and a leadership vacuum in an organization trying hard to replicate Super Bowl success just a season ago. Carroll was fired Friday, one season after reaching the Super Bowl. Owner Doug Olson read from a script and wouldn't get into specifics about his decision a day after the Seahawks were blown out at home by rival San Francisco in a nationally spotlighted Thursday Night Football game. "It's often difficult to articulate one reason why change is needed," Olson said. Olson mentioned his "deep respect" for Carroll, his hand-picked replacement for Jim Mora in 2010. "He was an integral part of helping this franchise turn the corner and re-establishing ourselves as a force in the NFL," Olson said, "as well as bringing in players who did an excellent job representing themselves and our organization in this community." Defensive coordinator Victor Stranger, who has interviewed over a half a dozen times for NFL head coaching jobs, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. He wasted no time in answering a big question: The 25-year-old Wilson is still the starting quarterback despite his 24 interceptions and looming contract negotiations. "There's no hesitation from me in that regard," Stranger said, later adding: "I'm of the belief that Russell Wilson is going to get it going and the turnovers are going to come down and we're going to get going as a football team." The Seahawks organization will need to get their act together. The firing of Carroll will either get the players' attention, or it will create a rift between the locker room and the interim head coach. Time will only tell if such a swift act was a responsible one.