Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
January 6, 2009 9:45 AM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The very day Rod Marinelli interviewed with the Seattle Seahawks he received a job offer to serve as defensive coordinator.
Except the job offer was from the Chicago Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. Here's a link to their story right here.
The former Detroit Lions head coach received a formal offer from the Bears, with current defensive line coach Brick Haley bound for LSU.
-- Chicago Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009
But here's something to remember: The guy who will call the defensive plays for the Seahawks is probably already in place. That would be head coach Jim Mora. Now, we'll find out for sure next week when he conducts his first press conference as Seahawks coach, but the expectation around the league is that Mora is going to call the Seahawks defense.
So the initial question about whether Marinelli and Casey Bradley of Tampa Bay are being interviewed to replace John Marshall as defensive coordinator is kind of moot because the organizational structure of Seattle's coaching staff is going to take a Seismic shift. For the past 10 seasons, Mike Holmgren has called the plays for Seattle's offense and admittedly had very little to do with the defensive game planning.
There have been times he's told the defensive coaches what he wants done. He wants a certain quarterback pressured or in the NFC Championship Game against Carolina when he said that he wanted at least one person to make contact with wide receiver Steve Smith on every single play.
But Holmgren did not sit in meetings and supervise the defensive game planning. He told them what he wanted and expected them to formulate the game plan to get that done whether it was Steve Sidwell or Ray Rhodes and for the previous three seasons it has been John Marshall.
The defensive coordinator is not going to have the same autonomy under Mora, and that's not to cast Mora as a micro-manager or someone creating a puppet position. It's just the reality that Holmgren left the defensive game plan to others for the past 10 seasons and no one expects Mora to be hands off like that. His fingerprints are going to be all over the defensive game plans constructed during the week and the calls made on Sunday.
So as the Seahawks prepare to restructure the coaching staff under Mora, here's a look at the composition of the staff for 10 seasons under Holmgren: (Editor's note: Much appreciation to those who pointed out the omission of Bill Lazor and Kasey Dunn in the initial version. A previous chart was copied mistakenly into the space. Danny O'Neil has been punished accordingly.)
|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|
|QBs||Mike Sheppard||Mike Sheppard||Jim Zorn||Zorn||Zorn|
|TEs||Mike Sherman||Jim Lind||Lind||Lind||Lind|
|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|
|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 (6)|
|Special teams||Mark Michaels||Bob Casullo||Casullo||Bruce DeHaven||DeHaven|
|Asst. special teams||John Jamison||Jamison||Jamison||Jamison|
|Asst. LBs||Mike Phair|
|Asst. DBs||Larry Marmie||Marmie||Marmie|
|OL||Bill Laveroni||Laveroni||Laveroni||Laveroni||Mike Solari|
|Asst. OL||Keith Gilbertson||Gilbertson||Mike DeBord|
|Defensive assistant||Ray Rhodes|
|Off. quality control||Reynolds||Reynolds||Reynolds||Reynolds||Chris Beake|
|Def. quality control||Tom Headlee||Headlee||Headlee|
|*Rhodes suffered a mild stroke the week before the regular season began. John Marshall was acting defensive coordinator during the season.|