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5 Things To Know About New Seahawks' Defensive Coordinator Aden Durde

Get to know new Seahawks defensive coordinator Aden Durde.


On Tuesday, Seattle announced seven official hires to Coach Mike Macdonald’s 2024 staff. Here are a few things to know new defensive coordinator Aden Durde.

International Talent

Born in Middlesex, England, Durde grew up playing the American football, eventually playing linebacker for the London Olympians club before joining the Scottish Claymores of the now-defunct NFL Europe in 2003.

In 2005, Durde would get an opportunity to come across the pond, joining the Carolina Panthers practice squad. Durde would return to NFL Europe that year to join the Hamburg Sea Devils. In 2007, Hamburg captured the NFL Europa World Bowl XV Championship - the last title in league history. In 2008, Durde gave the NFL another try, joining the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad.

Gamechanger: NFL's First Full-Time British Coach

After calling it a career as a player, Durde joined the London Warriors of the BAFA National Leagues as defensive coordinator. During his five-year tenure with the franchise, Durde landed an opportunity as a coaching intern for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. At the same time, Durde served as head of football development for NFLUK, bridging the gap for players deserving of an international opportunity.

"I didn't know what to think of him," said Ulbrich. "I just knew he had a British accent, and he was very interesting. But he's become one of my best friends. He's this transparent human being that we all need in our lives. He's incapable of (faking it with) anyone about anything. He doesn't care if you're the president. He doesn't care if you're a CEO. He's going to tell you what's on his mind and we all need that."

After spending 2021-2023 with the Dallas Cowboys as defensive line coach, Durde joining Seattle makes him the league's first British-born defensive coordinator.

Growing The Game Internationally

Even before he was a trailblazer as the league's first British full-time coach and later defensive coordinator, Durde was playing a big role in growing the game of American football overseas. As part of the league's International Player Pathway Program. While serving as the head of football development for NFLUK, Durde worked with former NFL standout Osi Umenyiora to help create an international training program that would eventually grow into the International Player Pathway Program.

Cowboys Defensive Line: Creating Pressure

From 2021-2023, Durde served as Cowboys' defensive line coach, helping Dallas to rank Top-7 overall in team defense each season. In 2021, Durde's defensive line helped to produce 41 sacks, tying for tenth amongst all teams, and in 2022, Dallas' 54 sacks tied for third league-wide. This season, Dallas (46) fell a sack short of Seattle (47), tying for ninth-most across the NFL.

He Sees Defense Similarly To Macdonald

Macdonald has no direct ties to his new defensive coordinator, but that didn't keep him from jumping at the chance to bring Durde on board, especially after seeing how well Durde handled the interview process.

"It speaks to the process, the mentality we had about trying to find the best people with the personality and the mindset and the track record that we're looking for," Macdonald said of hiring Durde. "Aden came in highly recommended, he got on our interview list, and knocked it out of the park when we first sat down. Just listening to him talk about how he sees the game was very similar to how I saw it in terms of what you need to do to be able defend offenses these days. And he had some really interesting perspectives, so we thought, 'Shoot, we've got to get this guy in here in person.' We brought him in, he did a great job, and it just kind of took off from there. So I'm really excited to work with him, and he's coming into town later on today, actually, so we're excited to sit down and start building the staff out."

The Seahawks hired England native Aden Durde as their next defensive coordinator. Durde most recently was the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys and had previously spent a training camp working with the Atlanta Falcons. Check out some of the best photos of Durde through the years.

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