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In 2005, Marquand Manuel stepped in and helped the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl.
Now, the former free safety is stepping in as the assistant special teams coach on Pete Carroll’s staff. Manuel replaces Jeff Ulbrich, who left to become the special teams/linebackers coach at UCLA.
The club also announced four other moves Tuesday: Keith Carter has been added as an offensive quality control coach; Rocky Seto’s title has been changed to defensive passing game coordinator; John Glenn has been hired as a coaching assistant/special teams; and Kenechi Udeze will be a coaching intern/defensive line.
Carter replaces Luke Butkus, who left last month to become offensive line coach at the University of Illinois, his alma mater. Seto had been a defensive quality control coach (2010) and assistant defensive backs/safeties coach (2011) in his first two seasons with the Seahawks.
Glenn was a quality control coach at the University of Washington the past two seasons, while Udeze was an assistant strength coach with the Huskies the past three seasons. Udeze was the 20th pick overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played four seasons, but he was forced to retire in 2009 after being diagnosed in 2008 with leukemia. He started 47 games for the Vikings, recording 117 tackles and 11 sacks.
Manuel, 32, started 58 games and made 332 tackles in eight NFL seasons, playing for the Cincinnati Bengals (2002-03), Green Bay Packers (2006), Carolina Panthers (2007), Denver Broncos (2008) and Detroit Lions (2009), as well as the Seahawks (2004-05).
He entered the league as the Bengals’ sixth-round draft choice in 2002 and was claimed off waivers by the Seahawks in 2004. When starting free safety Ken Hamlin was placed on injured reserve midway through the 2005 season, Manuel stepped in and tied for third on the team with 71 tackles in 11 starts as the Seahawks compiled a franchise-best 13-3 record.
Manuel also started all three postseason games – including the victory over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game, when he intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards to set up a touchdown – but was sidelined early in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL because of a hip injury.
He jumped to the Packers in free agency in 2006 and produced 81 tackles in 16 starts and then had a career-high 83 tackles while starting 14 games for the Broncos in 2008.
Manuel was a coaching intern at the University of Florida last season.
In his second stint with the Seahawks, Manuel will assist special teams coordinator Brian Schneider in handling the units that feature punter Jon Ryan, who holds the franchise records for average, net average and longest punt; returner Leon Washington, who was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010; kicker Steven Hauschka, who scored a team-high 109 points in 2011; and coverage units that were led last season by linebacker Heath Farwell, who had a league-high 21 special teams tackles despite playing in only 11 games.
Manuel is the ninth of 18 children in a family where the gap between the oldest and youngest is 25 years. And what was life in that extended – and extensive – family like?
“It was fun, man,” Manuel said at the time. “That’s the only way to explain it.”
Carter, 29, spent the past three seasons at the University of San Diego and was the running game coordinator/offensive line coach last year. With the Seahawks, he will help assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable and assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel.
Before going to USD, Carter spent two seasons as the offensive line coach at University of Redlands and one season as the tight ends coach at Wagner College. He played four seasons at UCLA as a fullback and tight end.
Carter is the grandson of Gino Marchetti, a Hall of Fame and 10-time Pro Bowl defensive end for the Baltimore Colts from 1953-64.