Seahawks announce 2018 coaching staff

The Seattle Seahawks made some immediate changes to their coaching staff at the end of the season, naming Brian Schottenheimer the new offensive coordinator, Ken Norton Jr. the defensive coordinator and Mike Solari the team’s offensive line coach.

Rumors of other hirings and firings slowly leaked out, and the team has now announced its 2018 lineup.

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Three new assistants were confirmed to the staff in the Seahawks press release on Friday: assistant defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo and offensive assistant Steve Shimko.

Franklin will replace assistant defensive line coach Dwaine Board, as first reported by the Sporting News on Jan. 31. Most recently with the Raiders, Franklin was released when Oakland’s new head coach Jon Gruden named his staff. The former defensive lineman spent one season as a Seahawk.

Izzo will take over for assistant special teams coach Heath Farwell, who has taken a similar position with the Carolina Panthers. Izzo played 14 years in the NFL before his transition to coaching after retirement. After a stint with the Giants, Izzo spent the last two seasons with the Texans before he was let go.

Shimko, who spent the past two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Garden City Community College, has been named the Seahawks new offensive assistant. A former Rutgers quarterback, Shimko began his coaching career with his alma mater before joining Schottenheimer at the University of Georgia as an assistant quarterbacks coach.

In addition to the new members named to the staff, the Seahawks also announced three title changes: quarterbacks coach Carl Smith moves to assistant head coach, former wide receivers coach Dave Canales will now head up the quarterbacks and Nate Carroll, Seattle’s previous receivers assistant, will replace Canales.

Full list of the Seattle Seahawks 2018 Coaching Staff

Pete Carroll Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach

Ken Norton, Jr. Defensive Coordinator

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Brian Schottenheimer Offensive Coordinator

Dave Canales Quarterbacks

Chris Carlisle Head Strength & Conditioning

Brennan Carroll Assistant Offensive Line

Nate Carroll Wide Receivers

Andre Curtis Defensive Backs

Tom Donatell Quality Control/Defense

Jethro Franklin Assistant Defensive Line

Mondray Gee Assistant Strength & Conditioning

John Glenn Assistant Linebackers

Will Harriger Quality Control/Offense/Assistant Quarterbacks

Clint Hurtt Defensive Line

Larry Izzo Assistant Special Teams

Pat McPherson Tight Ends

Chad Morton Running Backs

Pat Ruel Assistant Offensive Line

Brian Schneider Special Teams Coordinator

Steve Shimko Offensive Assistant

Carl Smith Associate Head Coach

Mike Solari Offensive Line

Nick Sorensen Secondary

Jamie Yanchar Assistant Strength & Conditioning