Macdonald, 36, will be the youngest head coach in the league.
Macdonald called his hiring an “honor.”
“We are super excited to be here. Just getting to know John (Schneider, the general manager) and the rest of the folks, the reputation of this place, what drew us here was the people. That’s why we’re here, to bring a championship back to Seattle and the 12s (fans),” Macdonald said in a statement released by the team. “We’re going to have a lot of fun, we’re going to work our tails off, and it’s going to be an incredible ride.”
He was the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, after joining the team in 2014 as a coaching intern. The team’s defense this season was one of the best in NFL history and the first to lead the league in three categories: sacks (60), takeaways (31) and points allowed (16.5 points per game).
CNN has reached out to the Seahawks and the Ravens for comment.
Macdonald will be taking over for Pete Carroll, who stepped down from the position earlier this month after leading the Seahawks for the past 14 seasons.
He started his career as an assistant high school coach while still in college at the University of Georgia. He joined the Georgia program as a graduate assistant and worked as defensive quality control assistant through the 2013 season.
After serving in a variety of roles for the Ravens, he left in 2021 to serve as the University of Michigan’s defensive coordinator before returning to Baltimore after one season.
“Whoever gets him, … probably is getting, like, the best candidate out there,” Queen said.
“I don’t think anybody does it like him. Nobody cares like him. Nobody will do what he does,” the Ravens’ 2020 first-round draft pick said.
“The guy is all around just the best person I’ve been around, coach-wise, person-wise. He really cares. He truly cares about the players, the people around the organization and the fans.”
The Washington Commanders are now the lone NFL team without a head coach.
Here are other recent coaching changes:
– The Carolina Panthers have named Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales as their head coach.
CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed to this report.
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