Hired on March 16, 2017, Hurtt joins Seattle after two years as the Chicago Bears outside linebackers coach (2015-16) and one year as the Bears assistant defensive line coach (2014).
Hurtt’s 2015 linebacker corps of Lamarr Houston (career-high 8.0), Willie Young (6.5) and Pernell McPhee (6.0) were the only trio of linebackers in the NFL to have at least six sacks each. Hurtt helped both Houston and Young transition from ends in a 4-3 base defense to 3-4 outside linebackers.
In 2014, Young led the team with a career-high 10.0 sacks after totaling just six sacks in his first four seasons in the league with the Detroit Lions.
Prior to joining the Bears in 2014, Hurtt spent 13 years in the collegiate ranks coaching 14 NFL Draft picks during that time. From 2010-13, he worked as Louisville’s defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator, adding the title of associate head coach from 2011-13. In 2013, Louisville’s defense was tops in the nation in sacks (3.31), total defense (251.5 ypg), rushing defense (80.7 ypg) and third down defense (27%) and second in scoring defense (12.2 points per game).
Hurtt came to Louisville from Miami, his alma mater, where he worked as the team’s defensive line coach from 2006-09, adding the title of recruiting coordinator in 2007. It was his second stint at his alma mater after beginning his coaching career as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach from 2001-02 before working as a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes from 2003-04. In between stints at Miami, Hurtt spent the 2005 season at Florida International University as the Golden Panthers defensive line coach.
Hurtt was a three-year letterman at Miami (1997, 1999-2000) before his career ended prior to the 2001 season due to injury.
Born on November 7, 1978, Hurtt and his wife, Tanisha, have a daughter, Taylor, and son, Clayton.