Seahawks hire new offensive, defensive coordinators


The coaching staff shakeup in Seattle continued Tuesday as the Seahawks announced the hiring of three new assistants, including both offensive and defensive coordinators.

Ken Norton Jr., the team's linebackers coach from 2010-14, rejoins to work under head coach Pete Carroll after serving the past three seasons as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Brian Schottenheimer will lead the Seattle offense coming off a two-year stint as the Indianapolis Colts' quarterbacks coach.

The team also hired Mike Solari to coach the offensive line, replacing Tom Cable, who was fired a week ago along with then-defensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

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In announcing the moves, the team also fired defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who was promoted by Seattle in 2015 from defensive backs coach over Norton. Richard reportedly has interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts amid reports that Carroll was looking to make several changes on his staff after the Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Norton, a three-time Super Bowl champion during his 13-year playing career with Dallas and San Francisco, accepted a new job with the 49ers a week ago as the team's linebackers coach. However, Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement Monday that the 51-year-old Norton Jr. was being released from his contract after the Seahawks offered the more prominent position.

Norton began his coaching career under Carroll at USC in 2004, where the former UCLA star linebacker worked for six seasons until joining Carroll in Seattle in 2010. After being passed over for Richard for the Seahawks' defensive coordinator job in 2015, Norton ran the Raiders' defense until being fired 10 games into the 2017 season.

Schottenheimer, 44, has coached in the NFL for 18 seasons -- including nine as offensive coordinator (2006-11 with New York Jets, 2012-14 with St. Louis Rams). He brings a run-heavy reputation to Seattle, something Carroll is rumored to be looking to get back to after his offense was carried almost exclusively by quarterback Russell Wilson the past two seasons. The Seahawks ranked in the league's bottom 10 in rushing offense each of the past two seasons, a far cry from Seattle's top-five rushing ranking from 2012-15.

Solari, 63, joins his sixth NFL organization as an assistant coach -- including a two-year stint as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2006-07. He most recently worked as the offensive line coach for the New York Giants the past two seasons.

--Field Level Media

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