Hired to assist the offensive line on September 6, 2010, Ruel begins his sixth season in Seattle. He joined the Seahawks after coaching five seasons (2005-09) at USC in the same capacity.
In collaboration with Tom Cable, the two spearheaded Seattle’s rushing attack to become the best since the 2011 season. Behind their lines, the Seahawks running game ranks first in the NFL with 9,285 rush yards since 2011, posted 100-plus team rushing yards in 48 of its last 57 games, including a current 11- game streak that ranks second in franchise history.
During this time, Marshawn Lynch leads the league in rushing with 5,357 yards, 48 rushing touchdowns and 24 100-yard games.
Seattle was the no. 1-ranked rushing attack in the NFL during Seattle’s run to Super Bowl XLIX with a franchise record 2,762 yards on the ground and it set the franchise-record for rushing yards in a single-game with 350 vs. the N.Y. Giants.
The Seahawks once again ranked in the top-five in rushing in 2013, averaging 136.8 ypg to rank fourth in the NFL during their Super Bowl XLVIII championship season.
Seattle’s 2012 line was led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl center Max Unger and Pro Bowl LT Russell Okung. Seattle’s rushing attack ranked third in the NFL with 2,579 yards led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch set career-highs in carries (315), yards (1,590, 3rd NFL), average gain (5.0, 4th NFL) and most yards from scrimmage (1,786, 4th NFL). He also scored the third-most rushing touchdowns of his career with 11 and set the franchise’s highest yards per carry average (11.64, 11 for 128) vs. Arizona (12/9).
Assisting Cable in 2011, Seattle’s line once ranked as the third-youngest in the NFL, but with injuries to rookie RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt, and second-year LT Russell Okung, the Seahawks line finished as the seventh-youngest in the league. Despite that, Cable and Ruel plugged away and maintained a solid unit as Seattle’s line paved the way for Lynch’s 285 carries, 1,204 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Lynch also led the league the last-half of the season with 941 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 100+ in six of the last nine games and became Seattle’s first 1,000- yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005).
At the college level in 2008, Ruel was picked as one of the country's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com.
In 2007, offensive tackle Sam Baker was named an All-American first teamer for the third consecutive year (third Trojan to do so), offensive guard Chilo Rachal made the All-Pac-10 first team and center Kristofer O'Dowd was a freshman All-American first teamer. Baker was a first-round NFL draft pick following the 2007 season, while Rachal was a second rounder.
In 2006, center Ryan Kalil was an All-American first-team pick and a second-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft.
In 2005, Baker and offensive guard Deuce Lutui were All-American first teamers and Kalil was on the All-Pac-10 first team. Lutui and offensive tackle Winston Justice were second round picks in the 2006 NFL draft, while offensive guard Fred Matua was a seventh rounder.
Ruel spent the 2004 season as an offensive line assistant with the New York Giants after spending the previous four seasons with Buffalo (2003), Green Bay (2001-02) and Detroit (2000). The Packers advanced to the NFC playoffs both seasons.
Prior to that, Ruel worked on the college level for the first 26 years of his career. His coaching career began in 1973 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Miami. He was promoted to a full-time assistant handling the offensive line for the Hurricanes for the following three seasons (1974-76).
In 1977, he became the assistant offensive line coach at Arkansas (Pete Carroll was a member of that Razorbacks staff) before spending four seasons (1978-81) at Washington State (first two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding offensive coordinator duties for his final two seasons).
Ruel was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas A&M for the next three years (1982-84), before carrying that role (along with assistant head coach) to Northern Illinois (1985-87).
Ruel served at Kansas from 1988-96, with the first three seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then adding assistant head coach to his title the final years. The Jayhawks played in the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls.
After spending 1997 in private business, Ruel coached at Michigan State for two years (1998-99), the first year as the offensive line coach and then adding assistant head coach duties in the second season. The Spartans played in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl.
Ruel lettered at offensive guard for Miami in 1971 and 1972 while receiving his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1972. Ruel prepped at Coral Gables High, where he starred in football.
He was born on December 5, 1950. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra. His full name is Golden Pat Ruel.