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Seahawks shuffle scouting department

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on June 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm with 23 Comments »
June 20, 2013 12:04 pm

The Seahawks just announced some moves in their scouting department. Here’s the release:


Seahawks Announce Scouting Department Moves

Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have promoted Tag Ribary to director of team operations, Trent Kirchner to director of pro personnel, Dan Morgan to assistant director of pro personnel, Josh Graff to national scout and hired Jim Nagy as the southeast area scout, replacing Derrick Jensen, who was a part of the Seahawks scouting department for 22 years.

Ribary enters his 16th season with the Seahawks, serving his first 11 seasons (1990-2000) as the team’s assistant director of pro personnel, returning in 2009 as a pro scout and serving as the team’s director of pro personnel since 2010 after working for the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers from 2001-07. He will oversee team security, football video, facility and equipment departments.

Kirchner fills Ribary’s role with Seattle after serving the last three years as its assistant director of pro personnel. A former Seahawks communications intern in 2000, he was the college scouting coordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2001 and served eight seasons (2002-09) as a pro scout for the Carolina Panthers.

Morgan assumes Kirchner’s assistant director of pro personnel role after serving as Seattle’s pro scout for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The former 11th overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft started all 59 games played in seven seasons at linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. His career was cut short after ankle and Achilles injuries following the 2007 season.

Graff has spent the last two seasons as an intern in the scouting department and now will represent the club in the Carolinas Region for National Scouting, Inc.

Nagy joins Seattle after spending the last four seasons (2009-12) with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving last season as the Chiefs national scout. He began his scouting career as an intern in Green Bay in 1996, where he first met Seattle general manager John Schneider and moved in to a full-time scouting role with the New England Patriots from 2002-08, helping the team win Super Bowls after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Jensen, who is currently battling ALS, retires from the Seahawks after 22 years, having been hired in 1991 after a seven-year playing career as a fullback. In this April’s NFL Draft, Jensen selected the final two Seahawks draft choices; guard Jared Smith and tackle Michael Bowie.

He was a third-round draft choice by the Oakland Raiders in 1978 and played in 106 games, starting 21, in his career. He served as a captain of the Raiders special teams units for five seasons and contributed a blocked punt, which he recovered for the first touchdown, in the Raiders 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. He also was a part of the Raiders Super Bowl XV championship team.


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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Best of luck to Derrick Jensen. That’s an awful disease and I can’t imagine what that would be like.

    On a lighter note: it’s odd that I don’t see any familiar Insider blogger names on there…

  2. montanamike2 says:

    Is Aaron Hernandez done and are the Patriots screwed?

  3. I heard Aaron Hernandez destroyed something. Maybe Patriots had gonna Tebow because they know something about, what’s going to happen to Hernandez.

  4. montanamike2 says:

    He’s going to have a hard time playing TIGHT End when he gets out of jail

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    My thanks go out to Derrick Jensen, 22 years and we didn’t even know you… Hope your battle is a success… Blessings

  6. Bizarre story coming out about Aaron Hernandez. If Hernandez is going down, Gronk just had another in a series of surgeries… get ready to see Tim Tebow playing TE for the Patriots.

  7. Hats off to Derrick Jensen! May you beat that damn disease and enjoy your retirement!

    Whomever it is that John Schneider is hiring, I hope he stocks that front office with his guys and signs them long-term. Judging by the past three off-seasons, Schneider is a man who knows what he’s doing. I hope his influence lives on in this organization for many years to come.

  8. Chris Clemons doesn’t even get mentioned? 3 consecutive years of double digit sacks and not even a peep?

    How does Rosenthal even have a job at Ridiculous.


  9. freedom_X says:

    Rosenthal article’s theme is rushers for “this season and this season only.” Clemons is coming off a major injury, and is no lock to be 100% at any time this season.

    So if I were using that criteria, I’d leave Clemons off the list as well. It’s not like he ignored Seattle (he had Bruce Irvin) though maybe he didn’t hear about his drug suspension.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Since it’s a slow time of the year it would be cool to have perhaps an interview, article, or perhaps even a live chat with some of the scouts.
    I would love to hear more about what they do, and also hear how they may have impacted the drafting,signing and/or trading of our players.

    I think it would be neat for us fans to hear their stories.

  11. HonHawksLSB says:

    A Hern apparently was red flagged as being involved in gang activity. However I heard he aced a psych exam from one team (I’m guessing the patriots) during draft interviews.

    Pretty sad to see a talented 23 yr old star player throw it all away… Allegedly

  12. WiscCory says:

    The last blog included much discussion on Easley vs. Alexander. I watched both play, and recall how awesome Easley was, and thought Alexander was soft.

    However, the idea of a landmark is to draw outsiders. Those outside of Hawks nation would rather see Alexander, due to his MVP, 200+ yard games, 5 TD game.

    I would rather see Easley.

    Now, here’s another take. Who on the current Seahawks would be on the active player Mt. Hawkmore?


    Who could be pulled from that list? Unger for Clemons? What about BamBam?

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:



  14. WiscCory says:

    Duh – how could I forget Lynch.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Funny, montanamike.

    Not to be the bearer of bad news, but unless there are some major medical advancements in the next few years Jensen won’t be beating his disease. ALS is a death sentence at this point. The only question is time. Life expectancy is between 2 and 5 years from the onset of symptoms. It definitely hasn’t been studied enough to be definitively linked, but it seems that there is some connection between ALS/MND and playing football. It could just be that we hear about these cases though.

    I defend the innocent until proven guilty principle more than anyone on here and believe it’s too early to make any definitive judgement about the matter, but it sure isn’t looking very good for Hernandez if you believe the media reports.

    corn, the Pats signed Tebow before the Hernandez incident. So unless they’re clairvoyant, that wasn’t the case.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    bbnate- They did however sign Tebow knowing full well Gronk was heading into a back surgery.

  17. Dave Boling says:

    Hey, Georgia, good idea on the scouts. They tend to keep a low profile unless we get them around draft time. I think that’s by design. I get the feeling Schneider is really, really hands on and spends a lot of time on the road trusting his own eyes.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – I agree that it would be awesome to be able to ask someone like Kirk Parrish, their college scouting coordinator, questions.

    Dave – If you could make that happen it would be fantastic.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This is the time of year I hold my breath. No news is good news regarding the players this time of year imo.

    Just too much time on their hands. Please training camp get here fast!

  20. Dukeshire says:

    You and me both. Case in point: Aaron Hernandez.

  21. FleaFlicker says:

    Nagy sounds like a good get. Seven years scouting for the Pats when they were at their most dominant, and helping to stack a talented team (albeit poorly coached and miserably QB’d) in KC. If Schneider knows scouts like he knows players, have a feeling that this hire will pay hidden dividends for a long time to come.

    The Hernandez story is mindblowing. I’m with bbnate: innocent until proven guilty, but damn. He’s not exactly facing a public urination charge in a mall parking garage.

  22. Good one MontanaMike. Maybe he’ll have to convert to Split End?

    I too am willing withhold final judgment until proven guilty.
    But I always wondered about him when he would “make it rain” after touchdowns. It seems he did spend an inordinate amount of time at strip clubs, and that always leads to trouble… Hope the allegations prove untrue, but it is looking awfully sketchy for him.

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