Report: Seahawks Have Interest in Hiring Former Redskins Coach Jim Zorn as QB Coach

The Seahawks have “strong interest” in bringing ex-Redskins coach Jim Zorn in to coach their quarterbacks according to Mike Lombardi of The Ringer.

This would be an interesting hire to say the least as Zorn has not coached in the NFL since 2012, when he served as the QB coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 64-year-old Zorn was the head coach for the Redskins in 2008 and 2009 after serving as the quarterbacks coach in Seattle for seven seasons. Zorn also spent most of his playing career in Seattle.

Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane Arrested Early Sunday For DUI

Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.

Lane was booked at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning and released later that day. In addition to his legal troubles, this incident will likely earn him a suspension from the league. Seattle attempted to trade Lane to the Texans in October, but the deal fell through when the corner failed his physical.

Originally a sixth-round draft pick out of Northwestern State, the 27-year-old Lane has spent his entire six-year career with the Seahawks. There seem to be a lot of changes coming on both sides of the ball in Seattle this offseason and it would not be a shock to see Lane plying his trade in another city in 2018.

Seahawks Bringing in Ken Norton Jr. as New Defensive Coordinator

The Seahawks are bringing back former assistant Ken Norton Jr. as the defensive coordinator with Kris Richard apparently on his way out, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

The news was first reported by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network and then confirmed by the 49ers, who had hired Norton last week as assistant head coach-defense/inside linebackers.

“Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense,” said a statement from 49esr coach Kyle Shanahan. “Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position.”

Norton was with the Seahawks from 2010-14 as linebackers coach before leaving to become the defensive coordinator of the Raiders when the Seahawks chose Richard to replace Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator. Quinn left to become the head coach of the Falcons.

Norton was fired by the Raiders in November and then announced as hired last week by the 49ers.

Report: Seahawks Part Ways with Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell

The Seahawks wanted more punch to their offense in 2017, and after another down season in that department, including in the season finale against the Cardinals that cost them a playoff birth, the team has decided to part ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Bevell was informed of the decision Tuesday night, according to ProFootballTalk, which first reported his dismissal. The Seahawks have not announced Bevell’s firing, though the move would not be unexpected. Coach Pete Carroll left the door open for potential coaching changes when he said after the season that the staff would be evaluated.

Bevell’s dismissal comes on the heels of the Seahawks finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Seattle was 15th in total offense and 11th in scoring but had particular trouble moving the ball in December, producing fewer than 150 yards in both a Week 15 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and a Week 16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Seattle’s yardage totals in those games marked the team’s lowest since 2013.

Clearly the team for whatever reason wasn’t responding to whatever Bevell was selling, and you could see it that the team was out of sync way too often this season.

Yes there’s no doubt that injuries were a factor in the lack of offense on this team, and the Seahawks have to figure out who is going to run the ball and if they are going to keep tight end Jimmy Graham around, but the lack of offense this season was hard to watch, and in the end it’s a main reason the team is watching the postseason from home.

Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham Not Likely to Re-Sign with Seattle

Tight end Jimmy Graham is “generally considered really unlikely” to re-sign with the Seahawks this offseason according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

The 31-year-old Graham is heading for free agency for the first time in his nine-year NFL career. He scored ten touchdowns as an imposing redzone threat for Seattle in 2017 but it has often seemed that the Seahawks coaching staff did not really know how to use Graham since acquiring him in a trade with the New Orleans Saints in 2015.

Graham and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are extremely good friends, which could help the team keep him-presuming they want to. At the very least, Graham is expected to test the market and a reunion with Drew Brees in New Orleans is not out of the question.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman To Have ‘Clean-Up’ on Ankle/Heel Area

While still recovering from a torn right Achilles’ tendon, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will undergo a “clean-up” procedure on his left “ankle/heel area” according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.

Sherman is believed to be dealing with bone spurs. The operation on his left leg has a 4-6 week recovery timetable but will the Achilles’ rehab Sherman may be questionable for the start of training camp in July. 2017 marked the first regular season games Sherman has ever missed in his seven years in the NFL. Turning 30 years old in March, Sherman has one year left on his contract with the Seahawks.

Seahawks CB Justin Coleman Not Fined for Jumping Into Salvation Army Kettle

Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman was not fined by the NFL for his celebratory leap into a Salvation Army kettle last week, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Coleman jumped into one of the oversized red kettles behind the end zones at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in Seattle’s win over the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Eve.

The celebration mirrored one done by Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott last season. Elliott also avoided a fine.

Officials flagged Coleman 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct; NFL celebration rules prohibit players from using props.

Coleman said his celebration was preplanned.

“I was telling the guys, if I catch a pick-six in that end zone, I’m gonna jump in the kettle and throw the ball out,” he said after the Seahawks’ 21-12 victory. “It don’t matter. I was just telling them, that’s what’s going to happen. Everybody was telling me I was going to catch a pick, and it came to me. I give God the glory.”

K.J. Wright Backs an Extension for Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas has support inside the locker room–the Seahawks’, not the Cowboys’, that is–for wanting a contract extension pronto, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma Tribune reports.

“Yeah,” Seattle Pro Bowl outside linebacker K.J. Wright said Wednesday, three days after Thomas went to the Cowboys’ locker room following Seattle’s win at Dallas and told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to “come get me.”

“Give this man a seven-year deal so he can stay here. Then the last year he can go to Dallas. … He’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Maybe when it’s year 15 or 16 he can go over there to Dallas.”

Wright’s words assuredly reflect the true feelings of many veterans who have played with Thomas for the entirety of this five-year run of playoff appearances with two Super Bowls–a run that’s in danger of ending Sunday. It will unless Seattle (9-6) beats Arizona (7-8) at home and Carolina (11-4) wins at Atlanta (9-6) at the same time Sunday afternoon.

Those teammates don’t want Thomas’ seven-year run in Seattle to end with it.

Thomas, who turns 29 in May, doesn’t want to become the first piece of the Seahawks’ championship core dismantled.

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