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|When Pete Carroll decided to overhaul his coaching staff after last year's flop Authentic Malik Jefferson Jersey , it was clear he wanted different voices in the ears of his key players. Or in the case of the Seahawks defense, a familiar voice coming from a different perspective.
Of all the changes made by the Seahawks since the end of last season, the most significant may end up being the addition of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, offensive line coach Mike Solari and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. It was a shake-up that may be just what the team needed.
"Players are taking to the challenge of learning and adapting to stuff, coaches are adapting to players 鈥?there's a lot going on," Carroll said. "But it's been very energetic, very upbeat, not unlike what it should feel like in our program, but maybe even more so than ever, or at least, in the last few years."
The most significant change is on offense, where for the first time in his career Russell Wilson is getting direction from someone other than former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell or former quarterbacks coach Carl Smith. Schottenheimer is both of those in one Courtland Sutton Broncos Jersey , something Carroll wanted to streamline the process for Wilson and perhaps hold the quarterback accountable in a different way than in the past.
For Schottenheimer, it's a chance to work with a quarterback he watched from the other sideline during his three years working with the Rams.
"I've admired Russell 鈥?his playmaking ability, but yet the ability to throw the football and create plays when things break down. That's hard to teach," Schottenheimer said. "It's hard to teach a guy to run around and make people miss and find an open guy in the end zone. That was something that was really exciting for me is to get here and to work with a guy like that, that has done so well thus far. Just try to coach him up on some new fundamentals and techniques and see what he likes."
While Schottenheimer is completely new to Seattle, Norton and Solari have spent time here before. Solari hasn't been around since 2009. But he brings a solid track record as an offensive line coach 鈥?a position where the Seahawks need help. While Tom Cable was lauded early in his Seattle tenure, the offensive line became a flash point for frustration and often the reason the Seahawks offense struggled in recent years.
"He's very big on attention to detail, very big on technique," offensive tackle Duane Brown said. "Me, going into my 11th year, I feel like there's some things that I need to sharpen up to continue to play at a high level and he's definitely hammering points down for me. I think he's going to be very great for the younger guys."
Norton's return, taking the place of Kris Richard Youth Harold Landry Jersey , was exceedingly popular among at least one position group in Seattle's locker room. Before Norton left to become the defensive coordinator in Oakland, he was the Seahawks linebackers coach. So Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and the rest of Seattle's linebackers group was thrilled to get their former position coach back, but now with even more authority over the defense. Ultimately the defensive system is still based around Carroll's philosophy, but Wagner is itching to see what Norton does.
"We went through a lot those first three years and obviously I paid close attention when he left and we stayed in touch," Wagner said. "When I heard he was coming back I had a lot of joy and a lot of excitement because I felt like we had a little bit of unfinished business. It's good to have him back, it's good to have that mind back because he's helped me more than just a player (but) as a person and I'm excited to grow with him."
NOTES: Carroll said Thursday after Seattle wrapped up its final OTA practice that he expects everyone in attendance at next week's mandatory minicamp. That would include S Earl Thomas, DE Frank Clark and CB Byron Maxwell, who have been absent from the voluntary sessions. ... DE Dion Jordan has not participated in OTAs after having a minor follow up procedure done on his knee, Carroll said. The team hopes he's ready for the start of training camp in late July.
The Tennessee Titans are coming off their first playoff victory in 14 years with a brand new coach and no obvious holes to be filled in the NFL draft. That gives general manager Jon Robinson lots of flexibility on what to do with the 25th pick overall Thursday night.
He's working with first-time head coach Mike Vrabel to find a way to push the Titans past an ugly divisional rout last January , and Tennessee already has all the key pieces in place led by quarterback Marcus Mariota. Robinson used free agency to replace aging veterans such as running back DeMarco Murray , bolstered the Titans' secondary and added depth on the offensive line.
"What we wanted to try to do was be able to go into the draft with what we thought was a pretty deep roster Adidas Evander Kane Jersey ," Robinson said. "I think we've got good depth on our roster. We've got good competition really at all the position groups and hopefully we can add some guys here over the next three, four days to maybe even make that more competitive."
That leaves the man who traded away the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 free to trade up or out of the first round to add to the six selections Tennessee has this draft as the Titans try to improve after consecutive 9-7 seasons that couldn't help Mike Mularkey keep his job .
Some things to watch with the Titans in the draft:
Tennessee tied for fifth in the NFL last season with 43 sacks led by Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo. But both outside linebackers are going into the final season of their current contracts, and Orakpo, a four-time Pro Bowler, turns 32 around the time training camp opens. Kevin Dodd, the 33rd pick overall in 2016, was supposed to provide depth. So far, he has one sack in 18 games. Backup Erik Walden, who was signed last July, has not been brought back.
Tennessee signed a pair of guards Kevin Pamphile and Xavier Su'a-Filo with starting experience in free agency. If right tackle Jack Conklin isn't recovered by the start of the season from a torn left ACL suffered in the loss at New England, Su'a-Filo is capable of sliding over until Conklin returns. They also signed starting right guard Josh Kline to a new deal and starting left guard Quinton Spain signed his contract tender.
Dion Lewis was signed as Murray's replacement and complement to Derrick Henry. Quarterback could be an option later as a future upgrade to Mariota's backup after the Titans released veteran Matt Cassel and signed Blaine Gabbert.
MORE DEFENSIVE HELP
The Titans' biggest offseason addition was cornerback Malcolm Butler as he received a five-year deal to bolster the secondary on a defense that ranked 25th in the NFL, giving up 224.4 yards passing per game. He slides into the lineup with former Patriots teammate Logan Ryan Wholesale Josh Sweat Jersey , signed last offseason, and Adoree Jackson, the 18th pick overall in 2017, in a secondary that also features All-Pro safety Kevin Byard.
HITS, MISSES AND BARGAINS
The Titans' draft luck improved drastically under Robinson who has 17 of his selections on the roster. His first pick was Conklin, an All Pro as a rookie after being the eighth pick overall thanks to trading away the No. 1 selection . Robinson found another All Pro in the third round of that same draft in Byard, who tied for the league lead with eight interceptions in 2017. Robinson has set a high standard that includes nabbing Henry with his third pick in the second round of 2016.
Robinson's biggest miss 鈥?for now 鈥?is Dodd. Bishop Sankey, the first running back drafted in 2014, easily is the Titans' biggest miss over the past five drafts.
Their best bargain over the past five seasons is linebacker Avery Williamson, a fifth-round pick in 2014 at No. 151, the Tennessee native started 59 of his 63 games before signing with the Jets this offseason.
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