Seahawks finalize changes to coaching staff

posted by Curtis Crabtree - 

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RENTON -- The Seattle Seahawks officially finalized the changes to their coaching staff on Friday.

The addition of Steve Shimko as an offensive assistant was the only change to the coaching staff not previously reported. 

Additionally, three assistant coaches - Carl Smith, Dave Canales and Nate Carroll - have new roles for 2018. Smith was named associate head coach after serving as the team's quarterbacks coach for the last seven seasons. Canales moves from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach to replace Smith, and Carroll moves up from assistant wide receivers coach to the full-time job.

While Canales has the quarterbacks coach title, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will be heavily involved with the coaching of Russell Wilson and will handle the majority of the duties. Schottenheimer is expected to be a regular fixture in the team's quarterbacks meeting room.

While the team doesn't have a head linebackers coach in title, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is expected to have a hand at coaching the group as well. Norton served as the team's linebackers coach for five seasons before spending the last three years as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.

In totality, the Seahawks added six new coaches with eight coaches leaving the staff.

Seahawks Coaching Staff: (new coach, new role)

Pete Carroll                       Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach
Ken Norton, Jr.                Defensive Coordinator
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

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