Unscrambling and Clarifying All of the New Seattle Seahawks Coaches

Andy AugerContributor IJanuary 17, 2010

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After the Seahawks stunningly fired Jim Mora and made him the first one-and-done Head Coach in Seahawks history, a major coaching reshuffling has ensued from top to bottom.

Firing Mora was a move that signaled the Seahawks desire to make a clean cut from the failed Tim Ruskell era; in the beginning phases of life after Ruskell, they have made some impressive and promising coaching hires.

Although some in Seattle are still undecided on how they feel about Pete Carroll becoming the new Head Coach, most would agree he, and the staff he is bringing with him, are an improvement over the 2009 coaches.

On a recent poll I conducted, 79 percent of you agreed he is an upgrade over Jim Mora as a coach.

If you don't know already, here are the new faces that will be leading the Seahawks at the start of their much-needed rebuilding phase under Pete Carroll, and presumably, Floyd Reese.

No offers have been extended to a new Running Backs coach, Tight Ends coach, and Defense Quality Controls, and no decision has been made as to retain the current coaches.

Offensive Coordinator

Jeremy Bates

Denver QB Coach- 2007-2008

USC Offensive Coordinator-2009

Offensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach

Alex Gibbs

1979=1981- Auburn Offensive Coordinator

1982-1983- Georgia OL Coach

1984-1987- Denver OL Coach

1988-1989- Los Angeles OL Coach

1990-1991- San Diego OL Coach

1992- Indianapolis OL Coach

1993-1994- Kansas City OL Coach

1995-2003- Denver OL Coach/ Assistant HC

2004- Atlanta OL Coach/ Assistant HC

2008-2009- Houston OC/ Assistant HC

Can be credited as one of the brightest offensive minds in the history of football. He is the guy who made the Denver offense into the, "you can plug anyone back behind that Offensive Line and get 1,000 yards" entity people often reference today.

Wide Receivers Coach

Kippy Brown

31 years of coaching experience as a RB, WR, Offensive Coordinator, and Assistant Head Coach with Memphis State, Louisville, Tennessee, New York Jets, Titans, Buccaneers, Dolphins, Packers, Texans, and Lions.

Was a head coach of the XFL football team the Memphis Maniax, and was interim Head Coach for the Tennessee Volunteers when Lane Kiffin bolted for the USC Head Coaching job.

Quarterbacks Coach

Jedd Fisch

2004-2007- Baltimore QB Coach

2008- Denver WR Coach

2009- Minnesota University QB Coach/OC

Linebackers Coach

Ken Norton Jr.

2004-2009- USC LB Coach

Responsible for developing Lofa Tatupu, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Keith Rivers, Rey Maualuga.

Three-time Super Bowl winner and three-time Pro Bowl selection as a player for the Cowboys and 49ers.

Secondary Coach

(offered), Jerry Gray

2001-2005- Bills DC, were ranked No. 2 overall in defense in 2002-2003

2006-2009- Redskins DB Coach

Four-time Pro Bowl selection as a CB for the Rams, Oilers, and Buccaneers.

In addition to these new imports, the Seahawks have also retained last years Defensive Coordinator Casey Bradley, and Defensive Line Coach/Assistant Head Coach Dan Quinn.

It is expected that Alex Gibbs will hold the title of Assistant Head Coach in 2010.

Hope that clears up any potential confusion or questions people might have about what new faces Carroll is bringing with him to Seattle.


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