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Friday Round-Up: Welcome to Seattle: The Football World Reacts to Mike Macdonald's Hiring & Introductory Presser

With Seattle announcing Mike Macdonald as its new head coach, local and national media react via social media.

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Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, February 2— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Local and national media react to the hiring of Mike Macdonald as the Seahawks' new head coach.

On Wednesday, the Seahawks officially hired Mike Macdonald to become the ninth head coach in franchise historyThe 36-year-old now becomes the league’s youngest coach, taking over the reins from Pete Carroll. Local and national media react to the move, as Macdonald ascends from defensive coordinator of Baltimore's dominant defense to a new journey in the Pacific-Northwest.

Macdonald entered the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday with his wife, Stephanie, preparing to address the media with Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider for his introductory presser. He wasted no time assuring the city of Seattle of his knowledge of the importance of success and his commitment to excellence.

"To hear John (Schneider) talk about people," said Macdonald. "And how important it is was the driving force of why we want to be here. It is a leap of faith, but this is a special city. This is a great football city, man, and we've got the best fans in the world. I understand where this organization wants to go, and I feel like we're aligned on how we want to get there. I'm just juiced to go do it."

From 2010 to 2023, the Seahawks captured five NFC West titles, earned 10 playoff berths and won Super Bowl XLVIII, and Macdonald reassured the crowd in attendance and those watching online that he'd be paving his own way - and demanding the best of himself and his staff on a daily basis.

"I can guarantee you this," said Macdonald. "You will get everything out of myself and our coaching staff, every day, and we will not stop until we want to get to where we get, and I hope that is very clear to you."

Macdonald now joins Seattle in his first head coaching opportunity, following a decade-long rise through the Ravens' system, going from coaching intern (2014) to coordinator of the league's best defense in 2023. But the perception that the road to head coach has been quick is the furthest thing from Macdonald's reality.

"When I hear people tell me you've risen really fast," said Macdonald. "It makes me a little uncomfortable because that's not really the goal. You're trying to be in the role that you are to help the team the best you can. Ultimately as your roles and your responsibilities increase, your ability to do that is greater. I think that's the mentality you have to have. The more you're in this business and you're around these great people and the competition is so high, you realize there's no way it can be just you. There's so much. There's so much power in the effort of the group and it kind of unlocking the people around you. So the whole goal is about empowering those folks and trying to bring the best out of them, and then ultimately as an organization, that's really how you go far, is together."

Check out what local and national media think about the hiring and Macdonald's introductory presser below.

More From Around The Web

Brandon Gustafson of Sports Illustrated: What Mike Macdonald plans to do with Seahawks’ defense, QB.

Brady Henderson of ESPN's NFL Nation: Seahawks hire Ravens DC Mike Macdonald as head coach.

The Seahawks introduced Mike Macdonald in his first press conference as head coach on February 1, 2024 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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