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February 9, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Recapping Seattle’s coaching changes so far

Here’s my recap for the newspaper of the coaching moves that were made official today by the Seahawks.

One thing to remember is that there’s no limit for the size of coaching staffs in the NFL, no salary cap that governs what they can make. It’s just up to how much the teams want to spend.

That said, I figured it might be helpful to spell out the changes Seattle has had so far.

Seattle has replaced four lost coaches with three new ones, while also promoting one, which leaves one spot open.

Here’s a look:

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Lost Dan Quinn to Atlanta; replaced with Kris Richard, promoted from defensive backs coach.

LINEBACKERS COACH: Lost Ken Norton Jr. to Oakland as defensive coordinator; replaced with Micheal Barrow as linebackers coach and Lofa Tatupu as assistant linebackers coach.

OFFENSIVE LINE ASSISTANT: Lost Chris Morgan to Atlanta as offensive line coach; replaced with Brennan Carroll.

Seattle also lost defensive assistant Marquand Manual to Atlanta. Manual had been working primarily with the secondary. But the assumption is that his job was filled with the hiring of Tatupu.

That leaves Seattle with a defensive backs coach job to fill.

Seattle at the moment has 11 offensive coaches, six defensive coaches and three special teams coaches. When considering the disparity in offensive and defensive coaches, keep in mind that Pete Carroll comes from a defensive background — he was his own defensive coordinator at USC his first five years there. The number of skill positions on offense also tend to mean more coaches on that side of the ball.

According to this ESPN story from last August, the NFL average for assistant coaches was 19.1 per team entering the 2014 season. So Seattle is in line to again be ahead of that curve (Seattle also has three strength and conditioning coaches).

While the hard-to-escape news today is that Richard was finally officially named as defensive coordinator after weeks of rumors that he would be the guy, the most interesting thing may be the makeup of the linebackers coach job now, with two former college and NFL greats in Barrow and Tatupu.

Tatupu was one of the most popular Seahawks of the Mike Holmgren glory days whose career sadly ended too soon due to injuries — he just turned 32, making him younger than DL Kevin Williams and punter Jon Ryan.

Coaches were not available to the media today, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to hear how all this came together.

As for the total makeup of the Seattle staff, while the loss of Quinn will take some adjusting — the hunch here is that the defense won’t look much different — it appears that in general the staff will remain relatively stable for a team coming off a second straight Super Bowl appearance.


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