Who’s up next at pass-rush defensive tackle now that emerging Jordan Hill had to go on injured reserve with a calf injury he got training last weekend?
Demarcus Dobbs. Claimed by Seattle off waivers from San Francisco on Nov. 5, he has recovered from an ankle injury last month. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday, Dobbs is the first man up into Hill’s role as primary defensive-tackle substitute on passing downs Saturday night in the NFC divisional playoff game against Carolina.
David King, signed off Cincinnati’s practice squad on Dec. 11, will also gain prominence this week, Carroll said.
As for Landon Cohen, the defensive tackle the Seahawks signed Monday to fill the last spot on their 53-man active roster because they knew Hill was out: We’ll let you judge how ready he could possibly be.
Cohen, 28, had been parking cars in South Carolina until Sunday night. That was when the Seahawks called him, around midnight Eastern Time, with a contract offer.
“I was sleeping — in between watching (the Will Ferrell comedy) “Step Brothers.” So I didn’t see the phone call at first,” said Cohen, who the team lists as 6-foot-1, 290 pounds but looks barely 6 feet tall.
Hours later Cohen left behind the valet-parking company The Valet LLC he’s owned for a couple years in Spartanburg, South Carolina, “and rolled in the morning,” as he put it, to Seattle.
The seventh-round draft choice out of Ohio University in 2008 worked out at Seahawks headquarters last month. The team filed away what they learned — that he plays something like Hill, fast and athletic inside — then called on him when they found out Sunday that Hill was finished for the season.
Cohen hasn’t played this season or even been on anyone’s practice squad since Buffalo released him this summer. He played in 13 games with three starts last season for Chicago and two more games with Dallas. Those are the only games he’s played in three seasons; he didn’t play at all in 2012, either.
Carroll had Cohen on the Seahawks’ roster for a week in September 2011; Seattle signed Cohen on Sept. 4 of that year, incidentally the same day it signed kicker Steven Hauschka off waivers from Denver.
Cohen played one game for New England in that ’11 season.
What’s he been up to lately?
“Lot of valet parking with my company,” he said. “A lot of boxing and running up hills … yoga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A lot of body weight, balance, leverage.”
It’s one thing to get a call during “Step Brothers” from an NFL team offering a job. It’s almost unfathomable to get that call from the defending Super Bowl champions asking him to join them during the playoffs — on the active roster, too — after not playing a single down for two of the last three regular seasons.
“I really haven’t had time to process any of that, because everything is happening so fast,” Cohen said before Tuesday’s practice. “I feel like today after I practice with the guys I’ll get to see what everything’s about and all the things I see (about the Seahawks) on TV and all the energy that I feel right now, I’ll be able to speak about that after practice.”
How realistic it is to expect him to be playoff-game ready by Saturday?
“That’s not for me to decide,” Cohen said. “I feel physically in good shape, as far as my wind. But it’s a lot different when you have to get bumped around and guys are pulling on you and things like that.
“Oooh wee, come what may. That’s a saying by Bob Marley. So whatever happens, happens. I kind of play like that.”
BEVELL, CABLE HEAD-COACHING INTERVIEWS
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, assistant head coach and offensive-line coach Tom Cable, and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn all spent last week’s bye interviewing for many of the NFL’s open head-coaching positions.
Bevell visited with the Raiders, 12 months after he interviewed for the Washington head job that went to Jay Gruden. Bevell said he did not talk with Raiders owner Mark Davis. The son of the late Al Davis, who was notorious for grilling coaching candidates in interviews, Mark Davis reportedly wants to be more involved in this search than he was for his team’s last one, when he felt he should have gotten to know Dennis Allen better before hiring him before he fired him early this season.
Bevell is also reported to be a prime candidate for Buffalo’s head job.
“I don’t know where it stands. I was excited for the opportunity,” Bevell said. “It’s something that’s pretty neat just to feel that respect.
“But that’s last week. Full on to Carolina and making sure to prepare myself and prepare these guys to be successful.”
Cable interviewed last week with the New York Jets for their head job. He was Oakland’s head coach from 2008-10, and many Raiders veterans still respect and like him. Some hugged him on the field before the Seahawks’ exhibition game at Oakland in August.
“I have a great job and I love what I have, so whatever comes of that is just a product of that,” Cable said.
Asked if he wants to be an NFL head coach again, Cable said: “When the right situation comes my way, you bet.
“Like I said, I have a tremendous place to be at, a great group of guys to coach and great coaches to coach with. So I’m just as good as you can get.”
Quinn also interviewed with the Jets last week; he was born in Morristown, New Jersey, 30 minutes west of the Jets’ home stadium in the Meadowlands. Quinn is believed to have also talked to the 49ers and the Bears about their head-coaching vacancies.
He remains the most likely of the three Seattle assistants to get a head job once the Seahawks’ postseason run ends. He is the hottest NFL assistant following last season’s Super Bowl and his defense becoming the first since the 1969-71 Minnesota Vikings to lead the league in fewest points allowed three consecutive seasons. Seattle’s defense just became the fourth in league history — and first since the 1985-86 Chicago Bears — to lead the NFL in fewest yards allowed and fewest points allowed in consecutive regular seasons.
League rules allow clubs with head-coaching vacancies to interview candidates from playoff teams during those teams’ postseason byes, if they have one. NFL rules prohibit hiring teams from offering head-coach contracts or announcing such hires until after the hired coach’s current team completes its season.