Seahawks DC Clint Hurtt setting high expectations for defensive line

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The Seattle Seahawks have a new defensive coordinator this season in Clint Hurtt, and with that, comes a new look to the squad. Having served as the defensive line coach in Seattle since 2017, Hurtt has high expectations for the big guys up front.

“If the front isn’t playing at a high level, you’re not going to have a chance to be successful, so it starts there,” Hurtt told reporters after Saturday’s practice. “With the interior guys that we have on the Dline, between Al (Woods), (Bryan) Mone, Poona (Ford), Shelby (Harris), and Quinton (Jefferson), there are no excuses. They should be playing at a high level, that’s the expectation, that’s the standard, and they’ve done that, and have practiced really well.

It’s no secret the Seahawks have struggled defensively at times over the last few seasons, something Hurtt hopes he can rectify in 2022. All in all, he feels confident heading into the year with his interior players . . . and the edge defenders as well.

“Obviously, the guys that we have on the edge in Uchenna (Nwosu), DT (Darrell Taylor), (Boye) Mafe, and Alton (Robinson), those guys have to play at a high level,” Hurtt continued. “They have had a nice start to camp, so it’s been good.”

The Seahawks return to the practice field on Monday to kick off the second week of training camp.

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Story originally appeared on Seahawks Wire