Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, June 8 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
The Ultimate NFL Coaching Staff
What if you could assemble a dream coaching staff made up of every current coach you wanted? Doug Farrar took that task to heart, putting together 'The NFL's Dream Coaching Staff' in a post at SI.com.
Some of the selections on Farrar's list are slotted into different roles than they hold in real life, like Arizona head coach Bruce Arians, who is Farrar's choice for offensive coordinator on the ultimate NFL coaching staff, or Dan Quinn, the former Seahawks defensive coordinator turned Atlanta Falcons head coach who is Farrar's pick for defensive line coach. Farrar notes those scenarios don't "take away from the jobs they're currently doing in their leading roles—it's just that there's only one true choice for the top spot here."
The Seahawks have two coaches that make Farrar's cut, tied with the Cardinals for the most of any team. He pegs Seattle's defensive coordinator Kris Richard as 'The NFL's Dream Coaching Staff' choice to coach the secondary. Running backs coach Sherman Smith, meanwhile, retains his role in Farrar's exercise.
Here's what Farrar had to say about Richard and Smith's places on the NFL's dream staff:
Secondary Coach: Kris Richard, Seahawks
Richard played for Pete Carroll at USC, and then went on to a four-year NFL career as a marginal defensive back. Then he asked Carroll for any kind of coaching job on his staff, which led to various promotions within the Trojans' system and eventually a move to Seattle in 2010 to serve as Carroll's assistant cornerbacks coach. The assistant label was dropped a year later, making Richard the primary coach responsible for applying Carroll's pass coverage philosophies on the field. Some may argue that it's easy to do that when you have Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor on your roster, but Richard helped greatly with the development of those Legion of Boom mainstays and also groomed Seattle's more lightly regarded defensive backs like Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane. He's the Seahawks' defensive coordinator now, and he'll be a head coach sooner or later.
Running Backs Coach: Sherman Smith, Seahawks
*Smith played for the Seahawks from 1976 through '82, and became the team's running backs coach in 2010 after a long history as a running backs coach and offensive coordinator. It's been his job to not only handle Marshawn Lynch's personality, but to bring along young players in Seattle's backfield in Lynch's stead. Perhaps the most impressive example of his grooming of potential stars—who will now try to be suitable replacements for Lynch—came last season, when he took an undrafted kid out of Central Michigan named Thomas Rawls and helped him become the epicenter of Seattle's offense after Lynch was injured. Smith understands the fundamentals of the game, and can coach backs up in any system. *
In case you're wondering, Farrar later tweeted that Seattle's Pete Carroll was a "tough out" to New England's Bill Belichick as head coach.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we share sights and sounds from Tuesday's OTA session.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle answers your questions in his latest Twitter Q&A with 12s.
And Jason La Canfora at CBSSports.com lists Seattle's Russell Wilson as one of five 'Teir 1' quarterbacks in the NFL, writing, "He still has his haters, but he has accomplished historic things in just a few years and is becoming an elite pocket passer to go along with everything else he does. He's still just scratching the surface and has a competitive edge that will carry him."
Photos from the eighth of nine Organized Team Activities (OTAs) that the Seahawks held at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Tuesday, June 7.