RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks hired Tom Cable as assistant head coach/offensive line coach and Todd Wash as defensive line coach, the team announced today. The Seahawks promoted Kris Richard to defensive backs coach/cornerbacks and Rocky Seto to assistant defensive backs coach/safeties. The Seahawks also relieved Jeremy Bates of his offensive coordinator duties.
Cable, 46, spent the last two-plus seasons as head coach of the Oakland Raiders where he led the team to a 17-27 record. He served as the club's offensive line coach (2007-08) before being named interim head coach for the final 12 games of 2008. Following that season, he was named head coach on February 3, 2009. Cable began his coaching career in 1987 as a graduate assistant at Idaho. He coached in the college ranks for 19 seasons, including four as the head coach at Idaho (2000-03) before entering the NFL in 2006 as offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Cable played high school football at Snohomish High where he graduated in 1982.
Wash spent the last four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including the last three as defensive line coach. He originally joined Tampa Bay in 2007 as a defensive quality control coach. In 2010, Wash's defensive line helped the Bucs rank seventh in the NFL in pass defense, and 17th overall.
Richard (ruh-SHARD) spent last season as assistant defensive backs coach after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Southern California. Originally a third-round pick (85th overall) by Seattle, Richard played in 38 games with one start for Seattle from 2002-04 before playing one season in San Francisco, seeing action in one game.
Seto came to Seattle last season where he served as the club's defensive quality control coach. Prior to that, Seto spent 10 seasons at Southern California in various capacities, including secondary coach (2006-08), before being named defensive coordinator/secondary coach in 2009.