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Former NFL Defensive Coordinator Joins Seahawks' Coaching Staff

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A former defensive coordinator has joined the Seattle Seahawks' coaching staff.
A former defensive coordinator has joined the Seattle Seahawks' coaching staff. / Justin Casterline/GettyImages

The Seattle Seahawks will be looking to improve on defense this offseason after giving up 379.1 yards per game in 2021 (No. 28 in NFL). In an effort to right the ship, the team has hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell to join the coaching staff in a senior defensive role.

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Donatell will serve under newly hired defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt. His specialty has always been coaching the defensive backs. He eventually worked his way up to DC with the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Broncos in 2019.

This pairing makes a lot of sense given Donatell's long-standing relationship with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. The two NFL coaches worked together at Pacific University during the 1983 football season. Donatell and Carroll were also both on the New York Jets' coaching staff during the 1990s before parting ways.

Denver has ranked as a top-10 scoring defense in two of the last three seasons and gave up just 18.9 points per game in 2021 (No. 2 in NFL). The Broncos shined in the secondary all season long as safety Justin Simmons and cornerback Patrick Surtain II were named to the Pro Bowl's AFC roster.

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