Seahawks move Dave Canales to quarterbacks coach
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks continued postseason hires by moving Dave Canales from receivers coach to quarterbacks. Seattle’s coaching moves have been interesting. But is the Canales move a good one?
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll rightfully chooses who is on his staff. Since Seattle lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the last game of the season, Carroll has been making major changes. Brian Schottenheimer is the new offensive coordinator. Ken Norton Jr. is the new defensive one. Mike Solari is the new offensive line coach.
Now, Canales is the quarterbacks coach. But this may be the strangest hire of all.
Canales never played quarterback. He also has been the assistant quarterbacks coach with Seattle. But just the assistant. Meaning, he did whatever Carl Smith asked him to do. Smith is the now-former quarterbacks coach. So if 12s question any of the coaching changes made by Carroll, this might be the one.
Not that Jim Zorn, former Seahawks quarterback, would have been an amazing hire. But it would have been understandable. Zorn played quarterback and has been a head coach in the NFL. Still, Zorn hasn’t coached anywhere since 2012 so maybe Carroll didn’t want to take the risk.
Canales is at least a known commodity to Carroll. And at this point, that is what matters in Seattle. Carroll brought back Norton to coach the defense. The head coach has lots of ties to Schottenheimer. And Carroll tried to keep Solari on staff as the offensive line coach when Carroll first came to Seattle in 2010.
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But whether Canales can make Russell Wilson a better quarterback is anyone’s guess. And for the Seahawks’ future success, Wilson needs to always be improving.