Seahawks promote DL coach Clint Hurtt to defensive coordinator

The Seattle Seahawks announced Tuesday that defensive line coach Clint Hurtt will be promoted and take over as the team’s new defensive coordinator.

Hurtt, 43, joined the Seahawks in 2017 after three seasons as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears. When he first arrived in Seattle, the team was beginning to strip its “Legion of Doom” defense, but still had most of the important pieces, including Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Now the Seahawks defense is in serious need of improvement.

Only four teams gave up more yards than Seattle in the 2021 season, and the Seahawks were the second-worst at passing pass defense. But if there was one strength for the team, it was a defensive line that allowed just 3.8 yards per carry, the third-best mark in the NFL.

Hurtt’s training in Seattle was enough to do that a defensive coordinator candidate for the Miami Hurricanes, but instead he will get this opportunity with the Seahawks.

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