In Seattle Seahawks news for your early February Sunday, some coaching changes might soon be made and Frank Clark has been good without Seattle. I will get to Clark more in just a second. First, let’s catch up on some other tidbits from the last week.
Geno Smith said that contract negotiations between him and the Seahawks to possibly work out a deal where re-signs Smith is “looking very good.” Of course, there is no deal in place yet and so contract negotiations could break down. It’s also anyone’s guess as to how much money Seattle is trying to keep Geno in town for. Maybe it’s $25 million or maybe it’s more.
Once Geno Smith is either signed or not signed, don’t worry. 12th Man Rising will be writing a million articles reacting to that. But for now, no deal is done and it might not be for a while yet.
Seahawks news for Sunday: Coaching changes and Frank Clark
As for other news, the Seahawks could be losing at least two coaches this offseason. None of them appear to be Pete Carroll, Shane Waldron, or Clint Hurtt, so that’s good. But one of them could be quarterbacks coach Dave Canales. Losing Canales, who is currently in his second round of interviews to be the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, could be very bad.
Canales has been with Seattle in some form since Pete Carroll came to the Seahawks in 2010 from USC. Before 2010, Canales worked with Carroll as USC’s assistant strength coach in 2009. While with Seattle, Canales has been the wide receivers coach (2010-2017), quarterbacks coach (2018-2019 and again in 2022), and the passing game coordinator (2020-2021). Think of those position units Canales has coached and how good they have been for Seattle and then you know Canales’ value.
Another coach who could be leaving is associate head coach/defense Sean Desai. Desai did choose to no longer pursue the Vikings’ open defensive coordinator position, but Desai has had several interview requests this offseason. His latest is to join Sean Payton with the Denver Broncos as Denver’s DC. Based on how good Denver’s talent on defense is, Desai making a move to the Broncos would be a smart thing.
Frank Clark has had a good time since leaving Seattle
Seattle traded Frank Clark before the 2019 season and in return, Seattle picked up the Chiefs’ first-round choice that year. With that pick, the Seahawks chose L.J. Collier who has been a bust. Collier likely won’t be with Seattle after this year. Meanwhile, Clark is on the verge of breaking an NFL record with Kansas City.
Clark currently has 13.5 career playoff sacks. That is third all-time. But to make a 12 feel even sadder, if Clark gets a sack in the Super Bowl he will be tied for second all-time with Bruce Smith. If Clark gets 3 sacks, he will pass Willie McGinest as the NFL’s all-time playoff sack leader. While Clark hasn’t been perfect since he left the Seahawks four years ago, he still would have likely been the most productive pass rusher on Seattle’s teams and it remains a mistake to have traded him.