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January 28, 2008 11:56 AM

Coaching changes

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks are in the midst of the most significant changes to their coaching staff since 2003, but it's also worth keeping in mind that coaching staffs are a fluid entity, and one of the biggest questions to ask when a staff undergoes some shifts is where those coaches head in terms of a career coaching ladder.

Nolan Cromwell took a job as an offensive coordinator for Mike Sherman at Texas A&M. That's a step up. Jim Zorn is going to Washington as offensive coordinator, also a promotion. The Seahawks made a change on the offensive line, bringing in Mike Solari.

The departure of Ray Rhodes comes after his contract with the Seahawks expired, and he is in a position where he wanted a more defined role on the staff.

Below lists the coaching staff since Mike Holmgren arrived in 1999. The number in paraentheses indicates the number of new members added to the staff so it doesn't reflect when a position coach moves areas of responsibility. I also listed the quality control and strength and conditioning coaches. The history is drawn from the team's media guides.

  1999 2000 (3) 2001 (2) 2002 (2) 2003 (6)
O.Coordinator Mike Sherman Gil Haskell Haskell Haskell Haskell
D.Coordinator Fritz Shurmur* Steve Sidwell Sidwell Sidwell Ray Rhodes
Special teams Pete Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez Rodriguez
Asst. special teams   Johnny Holland Mark Michaels Michaels Michaels
DL Larry Brooks Brooks Brooks Brooks Dwaine Board
Asst. DL       Zerick Rollins Rollins
LBs Jim Lind Ken Flajole Johnny Holland Johnny Holland John Marshall
DBs Ken Flajole Dick Roach Ken Flajole Ken Flajole Teryl Austin
Asst. DBs          
QBs Mike Sheppard Mike Sheppard Jim Zorn Zorn Zorn
RBs Stump Mitchell Mitchell Mitchell Mitchell Mitchell
WRs Nolan Cromwell Cromwell Cromwell Cromwell Cromwell
TEs Mike Sherman Jim Lind Lind Lind Lind
OL Tom Lovat Lovat Lovat Lovat Lovat
Asst. OL       Bill Laveroni Laveroni
Defensive assistant Dick Roach        
Defensive assistant Bob Zeman        
Off. quality control Jerry Colquitt Colquitt Colquitt Colquitt Gary Reynolds
Def. quality control Clayton Lopez Lopez Lopez Lopez Lopez
Strength Kent Johnston Johnston Johnston Johnston Johnston
Asst. strength Rod Springer Springer Springer Springer Darren Krein
Strength asst.       Bill Gillespie Gillespie
*Shurmur died before the season began. LB coach Jim Lind served as Seattle's defensive coordinator during regular season.
  2004 (1) 2005 (1) 2006 (4) 2007 (2) 2008 (3)
O.Coord. Haskell Haskell Haskell Haskell Haskell
D.Coord. Rhodes Rhodes* John Marshall Marshall Marshall
Special teams Mark Michaels Bob Casullo Casullo Bruce DeHaven DeHaven
Asst. special teams   John Jamison Jamison Jamison Jamison
DL Board Board Board Board Board
Asst. DL Rollins Rollins      
LBs Marshall Marshall Zerick Rollins Rollins Rollins
DBs Austin Austin Austin Jim Mora Mora
Asst. DBs     Larry Marmie Marmie Marmie
QBs Zorn Zorn Zorn Zorn VACANT
RBs Mitchell Mitchell Mitchell Mitchell Mitchell
WRs Cromwell Cromwell Cromwell Cromwell Keith Gilbertson
TEs Lind Lind Lind Lind Lind
OL Bill Laveroni Laveroni Laveroni Laveroni Mike Solari
Asst. OL     Keith Gilbertson Gilbertson  
Defensive assistant       Ray Rhodes Ray Rhodes
Defensive assistant          
Off. quality control Reynolds Reynolds Reynolds Reynolds VACANT
Def. quality control     Tom Headlee Headlee Headlee
Strength Mike Clark Clark Clark Clark Clark
Asst. strength Krein Krein Krein Krein Krein
*Rhodes suffered a mild stroke the week before the regular season began. John Marshall was acting defensive coordinator during the season.

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Posted by Jazzhawk

8:00 PM, Jan 28, 2008

Any leads or rumors about who the next QB coach is gonna be?

Posted by Jeff

10:34 AM, Jan 29, 2008

When you know the head coach is only around for another year you start looking for another job with a longer term contract. Not only is head coach a lame duck, so is the staff.

That's the downside to Holmgren announcing he's finishing out his contract and not coming back after that.

Posted by Jhuden

8:31 PM, Feb 04, 2008

Ray Rhodes is not going to be with the seahawks, he is going to be DB assistnat for the Texans

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