After the 2019 NFL season ended, many Seattle Seahawks fans were calling for the dismissal of defensive coordinator Ken Norton after the team ended as DVOA number 18 defense in the NFL. With an inability to stop the race (26th DVOA ranked race defense) and a propensity to allow opposing infractions to convert to 3rd and long, fans were hoping that anyone, anyone would replace Norton. Many fans were hoping the Hawks could bring back Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Kris Richard.
According to reports, the Hawks hired an assistant coach who spent the 2019 season with Dallas, but it wasn't Richard.
May also confirm reports that Sanjay Lal will join the Seahawks' attacking coaching staff. Seattle should not make any changes with its coordinators or other "major" assistant positions.
- Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) February 14, 2020
Sanjay Lal was recruited to replace former quarterback assistant coach Steve Shimko after Shimko left the Hawks to be the limit coach at Boston College. Lal spent the 2017 season with the Indianapolis Colts, where he worked with current Seattle offense coordinator Bryan Schottenheimer. Thus, by filling the coaching staff with the hiring of Lal, the Hawks continued the process of hiring assistant coaches, where the positions appear to be filled only by coaches for whom another member of staff can stand. guarantor.
In any case, the Seahawks seem ready to enter the 2020 with an overwhelming majority of the coaching staff, as was the case for the 2019 season. This means that the fans who attribute responsibility for the defensive performance of the season Last on Ken Norton's shoulders can now begin to hone their forks and lower their expectations for 2020 accordingly. In addition, reports being that no further changes are likely, particularly to the "major" assistant positions, it seems that Seattle fans will again be able to cheer on special teams operating under Brian's leadership Schneider for the eleventh consecutive time. season.