Jeremy Bates to coordinate Seahawks all-new offensive coaches
No coaches from Jim Mora's offensive staff are expected to stay with the team.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The overhaul of the Seahawks' offensive coaching staff will be completed under Pete Carroll with none of the members of Jim Mora's staff expected to be retained.
Jeremy Bates, Carroll's offensive coordinator at USC, will hold the same position with the Seahawks, replacing Greg Knapp.
Alex Gibbs is expected to coach the offensive line and serve as associate head coach. Mike Solari, Seattle's offensive line coach the past two seasons, was given a chance to stay on staff as tight-ends coach, but opted against that.
Jedd Fisch, Minnesota Gophers offensive coordinator, is expected to be the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach, a spot held by Bill Lazer the past two seasons. There were no indications on who will coach wide receivers and running backs. Robert Prince coached receivers for Seattle last season. Kasey Dunn coached running backs.
Carroll is still searching for a defensive coordinator after DeWayne Walker indicated he will remain head coach at New Mexico State. The Seahawks have received permission to interview Jerry Gray, the secondary coach of the Washington Redskins.
Defensive line coach Dan Quinn will be retained from Mora's staff, and there's still a chance Gus Bradley — last season's defensive coordinator — will remain, though at what position is unclear. Bradley was hired by the Seahawks after receiving a ringing endorsement from Monte Kiffin, longtime Tampa Bay defensive coordinator, who is very close to Carroll.
Ken Norton Jr. is coming with Carroll from USC, as is special-teams coach Brian Schneider. He will replace Bruce DeHaven, who was at the end of his coaching contract with the Seahawks. Norton coached linebackers for the Trojans.
The Seahawks appear to be nearing the end of their first round of interviews for the general-manager position, and many around the NFL consider Floyd Reese, a veteran personnel executive, to be the front-runner.
The league's Web site reported Thursday that Reese is one of two finalists. The other was not identified. Seattle also interviewed Marc Ross of the Giants, Omar Khan of the Steelers and John Schneider of the Packers. All three are in their 30s.
Reese, 61, is senior football adviser for the New England Patriots. He previously was general manager of the Tennessee Titans.
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