During his season-ending news conference following the divisional playoff loss to the Packers, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that the team would do “some of everything” in trying to turn around a defense that, in 2019, was statistically the worst since his first year in Seattle.
That led to lots of conjecture about whether significant coaching changes might be in the offing.
But when the Seahawks finally announced changes to the coaching staff for the 2020 season Wednesday, there were no changes to the most significant jobs, with Brian Schottenheimer remaining as offensive coordinator and Ken Norton Jr. staying as defensive coordinator.
The Seahawks, though, did make a few tweaks to their coaching staff, notably to the offensive side, announcing that Brennan Carroll — one of Pete Carroll’s two sons on the coaching staff — will hold the title of run-game coordinator after serving as offensive scheme specialist/assistant offensive line coach in 2019. The team also confirmed the previously reported news that Dave Canales, who has been the quarterbacks coach the past two years, will serve as pass-game coordinator.
And some of the other changes included some pretty interesting names.
Former first-round pick Aaron Curry will have a full-time role as a defensive assistant after he spent last season as a coaching assistant working with the linebackers.
And the Seahawks also announced that former offensive line standout Steve Hutchinson has been added to the personnel side as a football consultant. Hutchinson has held essentially the same role for the Seahawks the past year but Wednesday was the first time the team has announced it, giving it some permanence and formality.
The team’s announcement of Hutchinson’s role comes during a year when he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August after being elected last month. Hutchinson played for the Seahawks as a guard from 2001-05, helping pave the way for the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl in 2006 before moving on as a free agent to Minnesota.
Curry was a first-round pick for Seattle in 2009 but played just two seasons and part of another for the Seahawks before he was traded to Oakland early in the 2011 season and was out of the league after 2012. Curry returned to his native North Carolina and held jobs coaching in college and high school before coming back to the Seahawks last year.
Among other moves:
- The Seahawks announced that Nick Sorensen, who previously held the title of secondary coach, adds nickel specialist to his secondary duties.
- The Seahawks also made official the previously reported promotion of Austin Davis to quarterbacks coach. Davis moves up to replace Canales, moves that allowed the Seahawks to keep each with the staff.
- The Seahawks officially announced the previously reported addition of Sanjay Lal in the role of senior offensive assistant, as well as Damione Lewis as a defensive assistant, and Keli’i Kekuewa as an offensive assistant. The announcement noted that Lewis, a former NFL defensive end who was a first-round pick out of Miami, most recently served as assistant athletic director at Florida International University but spent time with the Seahawks’ coaching staff in 2017 as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Kekuewa spent last year at Notre Dame as a defensive grad assistant.
- The Seahawks also announced that assistant defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, who spent the past two seasons in Seattle, will not return.