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Seahawks to hire Travis Jones as D-line coach

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:23 pm with 31 Comments »
January 29, 2013 9:23 pm
New Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Travis Jones runs through drills while serving as an assistant defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
New Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Travis Jones runs through drills while serving as an assistant defensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

First reported by Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, I can confirm that the Seattle Seahawks plan to hire New Orleans assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones to fill the team’s defensive line coaching position left vacant when to Todd Wash followed defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to Jacksonville.

Jones spent the last five seasons working with the Saints as an assistant defensive line coach. Before that, Jones served as an assistant defensive line coach from 2005 to 2007 in Miami, where he worked alongside new Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

In June of 2010, Jones entered a plea agreement for his involvement in a real estate scam in Texas, resulting in his suspension without pay for 30 days by the Saints.

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  1. Not really sure what to make of this move. I guess its good he has background with Quinn. Hopefully quinn will keep an eye on him and can gain Quinns dline knowledge.

  2. Was hoping more about hearing about Bryant young announcement, but they must see something they like!

  3. I was expecting Bryant Young, but I just hope he can coach up young Irv into a monster.

  4. This is one of those things that make you go, huh?

  5. boucherm says:

    When you think of great NFL d-lines, the Saints are not exactly at the top of the list.
    I see he has a history with Quinn, but I wonder if this move could have any bearing on the Hawks making a play for Sed Ellis.

  6. DanielleMND says:

    It’s not a name to generate excitement, but Quinn is familiar with him. He does have 15 years experience coaching linebackers and defensive linemen in college and the pros.

  7. DanielleMND says:

    When he was D-line coach at LSU in 2003, the D-line had 31 sacks and held opponents to 67 yards rushing per game, third in the nation.

  8. Wow. Some awfully picky reactions to this signing. He’s a D-line coach, people. He’s done his time for close to a decade as an assistant, now he’s getting his promotion. That is how this works in the NFL. It is very much who you know in this business where coaches are concerned, because like we just saw in Jacksonville, someday that guy you worked with on the same team back when he was coaching LB’s might eventually be a head coach.

    Bryant Young is only a name, and like a lot of ex-players who were legends of the game, fans gravitate to them once they become coaches. I honestly don’t know how good of a coach Bryant would be at this level. But just because he was once a great player does not necessarily guarantee greatness in the NFL coaching ranks; just ask Mike Singletary.

  9. CDHawkFan says:

    Man, guys said the dumbest things during superbowl week, too many microphones in their face;

    Moss said he wants to return for a 15th season, but he said he’s not sure if he wants to come back with the 49ers.

    “I don’t like my role,” he said. “I really don’t. I like to be out there playing football.”

    He also said he was the best WR ever, that can’t sit too well in San Fran.

    The next thing he will say is that he is glad there aren’t any gays on the 49ers.

    Also, I’ve seen some hope we get Dockett…screw that, while he is a player, I don’t want to cheer for that douche.

  10. Randy Moss is clearly an idiot, and I don’t think concussions are to blame in his case. You look at some of these guys that play the game of pro football and you really have to wonder what they’d be in life w/out it. Moss is definitely one of those guys. I couldn’t be happier for the team I hate the most in the NFL right now. I hope Moss is the cancer that costs them a SB. I hate that team; its head coach especially.

  11. montanamike2 says:

    Moss is an example of a prima donna extremus that’s why teams didn’t want his attitude, in his prime he could play lights out but was still a selfish cancer when you’re with SF, playing in the superbowl, that’s not the time to pull his crap.Best WR ever? Same team probably Jerry Rice. I wish he would go away forever.

  12. PFT says Leroy Hill has been busted for domestic violence. Again.

    If this one sticks, or even if it doesnt, he’s likely done in the NFL.

    Wow, that guy has pissed away millions. How dumb can you get?

  13. On our new line coach, he was only assistant in NO, which means he was running someone else’s system, and he wasnt even the boss of the D-line. You coach differently as an assistant line coach than as the line coach.

    So they guy might really be a diamond in the rough. Im going to withhold judgement. Give the guy a chance!

    Quinn wants him, thats obvious, and thats a good thing. Lets Quinn concentrate on the overall scheme of the D.

    I like seeing young guys come in to promotions in Seattle. I hated some of Holmgrens tired old guy hires, the guy missed out on so many young and upcoming guys by hiring all his old buddies.

    Im rooting for the guy. And as for his past, sounds hinky but there arent too many details. I hope he learned and is on the straight and narrow now.

  14. Remember, Bradley came out of nowhere and was young. He turned out pretty well, didnt he?!

  15. montanamike2 says:

    Hill is an idiot who never learns, i bet he’s not here next year.
    Great read mocarob that only backs up that Wilson will draw some serious talent, other people besides me think he was the pro-bowl MVP?
    Wouldn’t it be awsome if Fitzgerald had an out, got fed up in AZ and came here so he could get balls thrown his way. How did Lynch have the most yards, i hardly seen him on the field?

  16. DanielleMND says:

    montanamike2, it was a passing contest. 4 carries for 21 yards was enough to make Lynch the leading rusher in the game.

  17. montanamike2 says:

    DanielleMND your right, it’s not a serious game, just my homerism.

  18. DanielleMND says:

    If we don’t re-sign Hill, it opens up a spot for a younger, faster player to start, either someone already on the roster or someone we’ll draft.

    But it seems like every time his contract is up, he gets arrested for pot or hitting women. Dumb.

  19. montanamike2 says:

    I guess in perspective it’s better to have left the game without any injuries to our squad than an MVP award.

  20. Hill needs to do time @ the Womens Prison here in Purdy. Let them kick the ever livin crap outa him. He’s gone @ the end of the month.

  21. STTBM – Don’t ask that to pabs :)

  22. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this hire, aside from the fact it’s pretty unimpressive. It’s not the most reassuring thing that he’s coming from the worst single season defense in the league’s history. Not to mention his defrauding banks to finance bogus real estate purchases. Here’s to hoping Quinn (Carroll) made the right hire…

  23. sluggo42 says:

    Slave- exactly what I was thinking. “Assistant” coach. He was working within someone ELSE’S system. Quinn remembers him from 5 years ago as a sharp tool..I bet he has his own feelings about how he wants “his” new line to perform, and finally he gets to call the shots how he feels is best…what he got to see in NO was how NOT to run a defense, and that will only help. I don’t foresee anything but improvements. I personally see a big shakeup on the line… The big red experiment might be over, zero pressure from that side ever…

  24. Hill is as good as gone. And i am fine with that. he has been a good player (and cheap because he is an idiot) but this is the last straw i imagine. The dude doesn’t have it between the ears. I guess that is what happens when you get caught and not punished, time and time again.

  25. Hill hasn’t even been charged with anything as of this morning and everyone is saying he is out of the NFL.

    First of – wait till he gets charged. Then wait to see what the NFL does as far as punishment. THEN we can see what the Hawks do.

    If they like him as a player they will keep him around – if they think they can replace him.

  26. HawkfaninMT says:

    So in his coaching past we have LSU in 2003, was Glenn Dorsey there and dominant at that time? he is a FA and has been in a poor scheme fit his entire career going from 4-3- incollege to 3-4 in the NFL.

    Also I believe Seddrick Ellis of the Saints is a FA and this hire may attract him to the PNW.

    Just another angle to look at this hire.

  27. CDHawkFan says:

    I would have liked to have seen someone like B Young who would be coming out of the college ranks, would think coming from Florida he would have known college/SEC talent pretty well.

    Would have expected him to be a good coach as he has moved up, and was exposed to good/top coaching for much of his life…but what do I know?

  28. tealskin says:

    True xcman, but don’t you see a pattern? Some guys go through life and never get arrested. He’s not that great to begin with. It’s time to get serious about finding a better player at the position.

  29. Click on the link to Travis Jones in the article. He seems like a Seahawks kind of guy.

  30. I dont think you can blame the defensive struggles in NO this year on Travis Jones. He seemed to be doing pretty well before that, and improving every year.

    NO lost a lot of talent on the D-line in the last year or two, in fact quite a lot throughout their whole team. Add to that the bounty scandal and its repercussions, and its no wonder they stunk this year.

    I think he’ll be fine. I hope he ends up being awesome. And Quinn can help some as well, so its not like Jones is on his own with a brand-new scheme; he’s gonna be using Carrol and Quinn’s scheme. They think he fits well, so I think he will too.

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