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Morning links: Seto interviews for UCLA D-coordinator job

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 2, 2011 at 8:59 am with 13 Comments »
February 2, 2011 8:59 am

It appears the Seattle Seahawks could be losing their sixth coach from Pete Carroll’s coaching staff.

Rocky Seto, who served as Seattle’s defensive quality control coach and was elevated to assistant secondary coach after Jerry Gray Left for Texas, has interviewed for UCLA’s vacant defensive coordinator position, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Seto served as Carroll’s defensive coordinator at USC in 2009 before following him to Seattle.

The move would further shake-up Carroll’s coaching staff. The Seattle head coach already has said he’s not concerned about transitioning to a new staff. However, I would think continuity in coaching could be an issue next season, particularly with the possibility of a lockout and the new coaching staff not having a lot of time to acclimate to the players.

The Seahawks have not confirmed that Seto interviewed for the UCLA job.

According to John Glennon of the Tennessean, former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora has expressed interest in the vacant Tennessee head coaching Job.

Doug Farrar of takes a look at the quarterback position for Seattle.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer says that former Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates could be a candidate for the Bengals’ vacant offensive coordinator position.

Former NFL scout Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post grades the quarterbacks from the Senior Bowl, and says Washington’s Jake Locker does not play with confidence and lacks the top instincts to play quarterback in the NFL.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I agree that the number of coaches leaving would would seem to be problematic under the best of conditions, let alone with the CBA uncertainty. But, Seto was “only” an assistant position coach and a recently appointed one. They can find someone else to break film down, do statistical analysis and otherwise be an overworked, underpaid intern just breaking into the coaching fraternity. Seto, with his d coordinator background, would seem to have been a bit overqualified as a quality control coach to begin with. Sounds like a good opportunity for him, even if he has to work for Neuheisel.

  2. Sure wish PC would call Zorn to come interview.

  3. The fact that so many assistants are being poached suggests that Carroll has a good eye for coaching talent. I think that bodes well for us.

  4. Sarcasticus says:

    What exactly has made these assistants so highly sought after? There was little about either the offense or defense to get so excited about that one would presumably pick up the phone to inquire as to the availability of the coaches behind those masterpieces. My guess is that some were just biding their time until something else came along. Why else would a former defensive coordinator agree to take on the role of defensive quality coach?

    My first inclination was to be worried about the continuity of the team with such turn-over. That quickly subsided as I recall all the churn this roster has gone through. Besides, the play of the offense and defense from this past season isn’t exactly something I am hoping continues.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Mora in Tennessee?? That would be fun to watch from afar! Does that mean I would have to start rooting for every SEC school to thrash the boys from Knoxville?

  6. Tennessee TITANS not the Vols!

    They are well enough off that that they wouldn’t have to worry about the SEC teams beating the NFL team.

  7. SeahawkFan12 says:

    “Sure wish PC would call Zorn to come interview.”

    Me too, klm.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Please no Zorn! Good guy. Not good coach!

  9. SharkHawk says:

    You’re right on Zorn he’s not a “good coach”. He’s a GREAT COACH. Look at Matt’s best years. Who was the QB coach? OH….. Jim Zorn. Look at Matt’s off years. Who was his QB coach? OH…. somebody else. Zorn was the best QB coach this team has ever had and worked extremely well with Matt. Now that we’re going to have yet another offense, Matt could very much use a coach that he’s comfortable with at the position.

  10. freedom_X says:

    Concerning Zorn – Joe Flacco publicly criticized the release of Zorn. If Seattle needs a QB coach they absolutely should be bringing him in for an interview.

    Seto if I’m not mistaken, turned down Sarkisian for the Husky D-coordinator job. Interesting that he now wants to go to a potentially sinking program in UCLA (Neuheisel is on the hot seat there.)

    Bottom line is, if these coaches are getting offers, then maybe these guys are better than the fan gives them credit for. A smart interviewer does a little more than just look at a stat sheet to determine if a person has talent or not.

  11. Methinks there are a few guys on this blog who already consider themselves Seahawks quality control coaches. Maybe Carroll should come here to poach talent. ;)

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll break down film and analyze tendencies and be a gofer for peanuts. Just leave me a cot at the facility… lol.

  13. We’ve lost half the Seattle coaching staff! Apparently they did a very good job of getting the team to over perform.

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