Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Seahawks hire Schottenheimer, Norton as coordinators

Seahawks hire Schottenheimer, Norton as coordinators

Ken Norton Jr.'s stay with the 49ers lasted about one week.

The Seahawks are going back to the future with the return of Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator, according to reports Monday from the NFL's website. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan also confirmed it by releasing a statement to San Francisco media outlets. "Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position". Norton was the Hawks linebackers coach from 2010-2014 He spent the last three years as the Raider's defensive coordinator.

The 38-year-old Richard played cornerback for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at USC for one season and played in the National Football League for four seasons, including his first three with Seattle.

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The hirings of Schottenheimer and Norton has not been officially announced by the Seahawks.

The Seahawks finished the regular season 9-7, missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2011 and only the second time in the tenure of Carroll.

Norton is the son of former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton and spent 13 years as a linebacker in the National Football League with the Cowboys and the 49ers, winning three Super Bowl rings in 1992-93-94.

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Schottenheimer takes over for Darrell Bevell, who was sacked after seven seasons in charge of Seattle's offense. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable are both out and, as the above report hinted, defensive coordinator Kris Richard seems to be too.

NFL Network's Mike Garofalo also reported the Seahawks were likely to reach out to Norton for the job.

The Seahawks are expected to hire former Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer as their offensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He spent the 2015 season as the offensive coordinator at Georgia before returning to the National Football League the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Richard's units slipped the past two seasons, but that was partly due to critical injuries. He took on the role of assistant head coach at USC in 2009. He was subsequently hired by the 49ers last week as an assistant head coach before taking the job with Seattle.

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