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Originally published Friday, February 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM

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Seahawks hire Carl Smith as quarterbacks coach

Smith worked with Pete Carroll at New England and at USC.

Seattle Times staff reporter

INDIANAPOLIS — Carl Smith will be Seattle's new quarterbacks coach, filling the position that opened when Jedd Fisch became the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami.

Smith's hiring was considered imminent as far back as January.

Smith worked with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at New England in 1997-99 and at USC in 2004. He was Jacksonville's offensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007 and was the quarterbacks coach for Cleveland last season.

Also, Art Valero, who coached Seattle's offensive line last season, is joining the Titans coaching staff as an assistant line coach. Valero was displaced by the hiring of Tom Cable as Seattle's new line coach, and while he remained on staff until this month, he was not expected to return to the Seahawks next season.

One of the final openings on the Seahawks' coaching staff will be filled by Robert Saleh, who becomes the quality-control coach for Seattle's defense. Saleh served as the assistant linebackers coach for the Houston Texans last season, but was fired as part of an overhaul of the defensive staff.

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