Rest of Seahawks staff looks almost perfect
While Macdonald is expected to continue calling plays for the defense, the need for a defensive coordinator was still needed, and Schneider went out and made a fantastic hire with the addition of Aden Durde. Durde, who was the defensive line coach for Dan Quinn in Dallas, played a big role in the greatness we've seen out of DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons. While he won't call plays, Seattle will lean heavily on his defensive line expertise to help the continued development of Boye Mafe and Derick Hall.
Expected to join his father in Los Angeles after winning a national championship at Michigan, Jay Harbaugh will be taking his talents to Seattle, and reuniting with Macdonald as Seattle's new special teams coordinator. Harbaugh has spent the last five seasons as the ST coordinator at Michigan and even served as the team's interim head coach in their victory over UNLV this season.
The latest hire may be the most underrated, as Ryan Grubb is not the only former Husky to ditch Alabama at the altar. Former UW O-line coach Scott Huff will be returning to Seattle, as the team's new offensive line coach. Huff, a former Chris Petersen disciple, has been one of the hottest coaching names in the country for a few years now, and his O-line this season won the prestigious Joe Moore award for best offensive line this season.
With such a strong focus and emphasis on the trenches, we could see a very different style of Seahawks football than what we've seen the past 5-6 seasons. We also have three coaches who have been a part of the two most successful programs in the country in the past two seasons. Their experience and knowledge could be a massive advantage come draft time for the next few years, as we saw Pete Carroll find major success in his early draft years post-Southern Cal.
Last night, we saw two of the most decorated coaching staffs in the league go five brutal quarters before deciding the world champion. The Seahawks have a lot of work and a long way to go to get to their level, but the talent and potential are there.
We'll see how it plays out, but it looks like John Schneider, with his job on the line, has hit home run after home run with these hires. It's a new era in Seattle, and don't be surprised if this staff gets Seattle back to the big game quicker than most think.