Monday, January 17, 2011

Seattle Seahawks Coaching Staff

Pete Carroll will have to make a more hires going into the off-season, as he lost three assistants to college jobs. Quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch was hired as offensive coordinator at Miami (FL), defensive line coach Dan Quinn went to Florida as their new defensive coordinator, and defensive backs coach Jerry Gray went to Texas as their assistant head coach/defensive backs coach. The coaching tree has come up with the following potential replacements:


Carl Smith - Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks Coach
  • QB coach at USC in 2004 under head coach Pete Carroll.
  • QB coach with the New England Patriots in 1997 before switching over to coaching tight ends in 1998 and '99. Carroll was the Patriots' head coach from 1997-99.
  • Offensive coordinator at North Carolina State in 1982, where Carroll was the defensive coordinator from 1980-82.
Walt Harris - California University of Pennsylvania Offensive Coordinator
  • New York Jets QB coach from 1992-94. Pete Carroll was the DC for the Jets from 1990-93 before becoming head coach in '94.
  • Offensive coordinator at Tennessee from 1983-88, where he was on staff with Kippy Brown, who coached receivers.
  • DB coach at Pacific from 1971-73, where he was Pete Carroll's position coach for two seasons.
Ron Turner - Indianapolis Colts Wide Receivers Coach
  • Head coach at Illinois from 1997-2004. Offensive quality control assistant Luke Butkus played center at Illinois from 1998-2001.
  • Played receiver at Pacific in 1975 and '76, when Pete Carroll was a graduate assistant for the team.

Other names in consideration: Norm Chow, UCLA; Pep Hamilton, Stanford.


Todd Wash - ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Line Coach
  • DL coach for the Buccaneers from 2008-10 after starting as a defensive quality control assistant in '07. Casey Bradley was an assistant with the Buccaneers from 2006-08.
  • DL coach at North Dakota State (2002-03, 2005-06). Bradley was the defensive coordinator at NDSU from 1997-2005.
  • Played at North Dakota State from 1988-91. Bradley played for the Bison from 1984-88 and returned as a graduate assistant in 1990 and '91.
John Marshall - ex-Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator
  • Seahawks assistant from 2003-08, spending the last three seasons as defensive coordinator.
  • Assistant with the San Francisco 49ers from 1989-98, working with defensive line, linebackers, and eventually became defensive coordinator in '97. Pete Carroll was the 49ers' DC in 1995 and '96, and Ken Norton Jr. was a linebacker for the team from 1994-2000.
Greg Robinson - ex-Michigan Defensive Coordinator (yes, I know Michigan's D was horrible)
  • Denver Broncos defensive coordinator from 1995-2000, where he worked with Pat McPherson from 1998-2000.
  • DL coach for the New York Jets from 1990-93, where he was on staff with Pete Carroll and Kippy Brown. He became defensive coordinator in '94 when Carroll became head coach.
  • DL coach at UCLA from 1982-88. Ken Norton Jr. played at UCLA from 1984-87.
  • Assistant at North Carolina State in 1980 and '81. Carroll was the defensive coordinator at NC State from 1980-82.
  • Assistant at Pacific in 1975 and '76 after playing there from 1972-74. Coach Carroll was a graduate assistant at Pacific from 1974-76 after playing there in 1971 and '72.

Other names in consideration: Dwaine Board, ex-Oakland Raiders; Andre Patterson, UTEP; Jethro Franklin, Miami.


Ed Donatell - Denver Broncos Defensive Backs Coach
  • Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator from 2000-03. Pat Ruel was the Packers' assistant offensive line coach in 2001 and '02.
  • Denver Broncos DB coach from 1995-99. Pat McPherson was an assistant with the Broncos from 1998-2008.
  • New York Jets DB coach from 1990-94. Pete Carroll was the Jets' defensive coordinator from 1990-93 before taking over as head coach in '94.
  • DB coach at Pacific from 1983-85. Pete Carroll was an assistant at Pacific in '83.
Kris Richard - Seattle Seahawks Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
  • Graduate assistant under Pete Carroll at USC in 2008 and '09.
  • Played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, where one of his teammates was Seahawks assistant special teams coach Jeff Ulbrich.
  • Played for the Seahawks from 2002-04.
  • Played at USC from 1998-2001. 2001 was Pete Carroll's first year as head coach.
Johnnie Lynn - ex-San Francisco 49ers Defensive Backs Coach
  • 49ers' DB coach from 2006-10. Kris Richard played for the 49ers in 2006 and Jeff Ulbrich was with the team from 2000-09.
  • Spent a year as the 49ers DB coach in 1996, Pete Carroll's last year as defensive coordinator before becoming the Patriots head coach.

Other names in consideration: Greg Burns, Arizona State; Rocky Seto, Seattle Seahawks

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