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Seattle Seahawks Make Defensive Coaching Moves

March 28th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
By Rich Monroe

Seattle Seahawks have named Dwaine Board assistant defensive line coach, Chris Cash assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach and Andre Curtis assistant secondary/safeties coach.

The Seattle Seahawks have named Dwaine Board assistant defensive line coach, Chris Cash assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach and Andre Curtis assistant secondary/safeties coach, the team announced this week.

Board returns to the Seahawks where he spent six seasons (2003-08) as defensive line coach, helping the team rank second in the NFL with 136 sacks from 2005-07 and totaling an NFL-leading 50 sacks during Seattle’s Super Bowl XL run in 2005. Following his time in Seattle, he spent two seasons each with the Oakland Raiders (2009-10), Cleveland Browns (2011-12) and St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif. (2013-14).

Board earned three Super Bowl rings (1981, 1984, 1988) with the San Francisco 49ers during his 10-year playing career (1979-88) and was named Super Bowl XIX Defensive Player of the Game after recording four tackles and 2.0 sacks vs. Miami after the 1984 season. He began his coaching career in San Francisco where he coached the defensive line from 1990-2002, helping the 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX vs. San Diego after the 1994 season. He is one of 20 people in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as both a player and coach.

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Seattle Seahawks Sign Defensive Tackle Ahtyba Rubin

March 26th, 2015 at 8:09 AM
By Rich Monroe

The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin to a $2.6 million one year contract. Rubin was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 24th pick, in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

In seven seasons with the Browns, Rubin shares the distinction with eight players in Browns history, to play in 100 games. During his stint there, he had 75 starts and recorded 338 tackles (212 solo), 12.0 sacks, one interception, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In 2010, he led all NFL defensive linemen with 82 tackles and finished second in 2011 with 83 tackles.

Rubin will be missed in the Browns locker room. After fellow defensive lineman Phil Taylor learned of the deal, he posted an Instagram comment:

"Congrats to my homie big Rube. Learned a lot from this guy coming in as a rookie! One of the hardest-working guys I know! Wishing him the best in Seattle!!!”

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Free Agency Departures Weaken Seattle Seahawks’ Defense

March 17th, 2015 at 12:49 PM
By Rich Monroe

Before NFL Free Agency began one week ago, players were given a 72-hour period to hear pitches from opposing teams. Seattle cornerback, Byron Maxwell took advantage and signed a six year, $63 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since then outside linebacker, Malcolm Smith inked a two year $7 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, outside linebacker, O'Brien Schofield signed a one year $1.7 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, and yesterday, safety Jeron Johnson signed a two year, $4 million dollar contract with the Washington Redskins.

These moves along with key injuries to Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane at the end of last season, weaken the leagues No. 1 ranked defense.

It’s tough to see Maxwell go and, ultimately is was a salary cap issue for general manager John Schneider who compensated for the loss by closing a deal last week with Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, worth $18 million over the next three years. The seven year veteran will fit in nicely in Seattle. Starting in 33 games for the Eagles during the past two seasons, he’s racked up 67 tackles and three interceptions in 2013 and 60 tackles and two interceptions in 2014.

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NFL to Host Inaugural Veteran Combine in Arizona

March 12th, 2015 at 8:38 PM
By Rich Monroe

Seattle Seahawks scouting personnel will certainly be on hand when the NFL conducts its inaugural NFL Veteran Combine on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals Practice Facility in Tempe, Arizona. Players will be tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel. Measurements, combine results, and videos of the workouts will be compiled and shared electronically with all 32 NFL clubs.

Free agents planning to attend range from veteran players who have been starters in the NFL to players who are one year out of college with no regular–season experience.

“Combines have long provided draft eligible players with the forum needed to showcase their skills to NFL teams,” said NFL director of football development Matt Birk. “The NFL Veteran Combine will give veteran free agents a similar opportunity to work out in front of club personnel in a streamlined process.”

The NFL Veteran Combine will serve to consolidate individual veteran free agent tryouts to one location, streamlining the process for NFL teams and participating players. Invited free agents will have the opportunity to perform position–specific and timed drills in front of scouts from all 32 NFL clubs.

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Seattle Seahawks Sign Mike Morgan, Anthony McCoy, and Jacksonville Jaguars’ Will Blackmon

March 11th, 2015 at 8:28 AM
By Rich Monroe

Seahawks signed linebacker Mike Morgan and tight end Anthony McCoy to contract extensions and signed cornerback Will Blackmon.

Morgan originally signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011. He has played in 53 games with one start for Seattle, totaling 21 tackles (13 solo), 19 special teams tackles and a 25-yard TD return on a blocked punt (vs. Dallas, 10/12/15). He has also played in eight postseason games.

Seattle drafted McCoy in the sixth-round (185th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft and has played in 34 games with 14 starts before spending both the 2013 and 2014 seasons on injured reserve (Achilles). He has 31 career receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns.

Blackmon was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft (115th pick overall) by the Green Bay Packers. He spent 2006-09 with Green Bay, and was released during the 2010 training camp. Blackmon signed with the New York Giants on October 28, 2010, but was released following the season after landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. On November 23, 2011, the Giants again signed Blackmon, where he spent the remainder of the season. Blackmon spent 2012 with the Arizona Wranglers in the Arena Football League before signing with Seattle on February 13, 2013, but was released on August 27. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 28 and spent two seasons with the Jaguars, where he started 12 of 23 games played and tallied 69 tackles (52 solo), 2.0 sacks, one interception and 11 passes defensed.

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