Seahawks Success Has Top Assistants In Demand
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In case you were still in a holiday cookie coma, or standing in line to exchange a blender, it was truly a “black Monday” for a hand full of NFL head coaches. The Browns, Vikings, Redskins, Buccaneers and Lions all handed out pink slips and have started the search process for suitable candidates. That search will come to Seahawks’ headquarters in Renton this week.
The Washington Post reports the Redskins sought permission from Seattle to interview offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Under NFL rules, interviews with head coach candidates who are assistants on teams with first-round playoff byes must take place in the city where that assistant works. The Seahawks can also determine when the interview takes place.
Bevell went through the interview process last year with a couple teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, who instead hired Seahawks’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Seattle’s current defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is also getting some attention from the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. While Quinn has been a coordinator just one season, his defensive philosophy and positive teaching style are qualities other teams would love to have.
Rapoport earlier this week reported the Detroit Lions were doing background work on Seahawks’ offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable. The Snohomish, Wa. native was head coach of the Oakland Raiders for two full seasons after taking over the club in 2008 when Lane Kiffin was fired.
Cable is viewed as a great motivator and blocking teacher. No question he has helped Marshawn Lynch thrive in the zone blocking scheme.
Losing one of the top assistants would be a temporary setback for Pete Carroll’s staff next season. As we witnessed in the case of Dan Quinn replacing Gus Bradley, with the right philosophy and talent, you can go forward without missing a beat.
Seahawks’ players return to practice Thursday after taking Tuesday and Wednesday off. The team’s second round playoff game is Saturday, January 11 with a 1:35 p.m. PT kickoff at CenturyLink Field. The opponent will be known after this weekend’s NFC Wild Card games.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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