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Seahawks fire defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr.

The Seahawks fired its defensive coordinator and its passing game coordinator after a poor performance on defense.
Credit: AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File
FILE - Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. The Seattle Seahawks have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and passing game coordinator Andre Curtis, the team said Tuesday., Jan. 18, 2022.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks have fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and passing game coordinator Andre Curtis.

Seattle never finished higher than 16th in total defense or 11th in scoring defense during Norton’s four-year tenure. Seattle was 28th in total defense and 11th in scoring defense this season. 

A bigger issue was Seattle’s weak performance in the turnover battle because of a bend-but-don’t-break defensive mentality. The Seahawks created just 18 turnovers this season, ranking 25th in the league.

Before joining the Seahawks, Norton was a defensive coordinator for the Raiders for three seasons. He was also the Seahawks' linebackers coach for five seasons from 2010 to 2014.

Curtis has spent seven seasons with the Seahawks, serving as an assistant secondary coach and defensive backs coach before becoming defensive passing game coordinator.

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