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A good mix
The news conference was to introduce John Schneider as the Seahawks’ general manager. But coach Pete Carroll also used the occasion Wednesday to announce additions to his coaching staff.
“We’ve got a really good core, a good mix of experience and background,” Carroll said.
Jeremy Bates, Carroll’s offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California last season, will fill the same role for the Seahawks. The offensive staff being assembled by the Seahawks’ 10-day-old head coach also will include NFL veteran Alex Gibbs (line), as well Jedd Fisch (quarterbacks) and Pat McPherson (tight ends) who coached with Bates with the Denver Broncos.
“I love the familiarity we have on the offensive side of the ball,” Carroll said. “Jeremy is really ready to rock and roll and hit it full speed. Alex is a big player in all of that when we introduce the running game.”
On defense, coordinator Gus Bradley and line coach Dan Quinn are being retained, while Ken Norton Jr. (linebackers) and Jerry Gray (defensive backs) have been added. Norton also coached with Carroll at USC.
“I’m really pumped up about Gus,” Carroll said. “We’ve been working late at night here to put our thoughts together. The background between Gus and Monte Kiffin and myself is really unique, and we’re very fortunate.”
It was Kiffin, the long-time NFL defensive coordinator, who highly recommended Bradley for a spot on the staff of since-fired coach Jim Mora last year. Carroll also has known Kiffin for years and refers to Bradley as “Monte’s right-hand man.”
Brian Schneider, another addition from Carroll’s USC staff, will coach the special teams.
Carroll obviously has reached into his past in assembling what will be his first NFL staff since he coached the New England Patriots from 1997-99, and done it quickly.
“Pete talked about what he wanted to do,” CEO Tod Leiweke said. “He got on the phone and he’s burning the midnight oil. We’ve made a lot of progress in a short amount of time, and it feels good.”
Carroll still needs to sign a running backs coach and finalize the addition of a wide receivers coach.
Schneider, meanwhile, said he will retain vice president of player personnel Ruston Webster and director of pro personnel Will Lewis, as well as their staffs.
“Why would you change?” Schneider said after the news conference. “Look who’s already here. These are some great people who do a great job.”
Schneider worked for the Seahawks in 2000 and has been in the league since 1993, so his familiarity with – and respect for – Webster and Lewis was a plus. For him, and Leiweke.
“John knows people in this organization, and I’m somebody who thinks we have good people here,” Leiweke said. “When John came through on his interview, there were a lot of high-fives in the hallway and that meant something to us.”
A look at the new assistant coaches that have been hired by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: