The Seahawks announced today they have brought back out of a Bay Area high school their defensive line coach from 2003-08 Dwaine Board to be the assistant defensive line coach. They also hired Chris Cash to be an assistant coach in the secondary working with cornerbacks and Andre Curtis to be an assistant coach with the safeties.
Since leaving the Seahawks' staff following Mike Holmgren's exit as coach at the end of the 2008 season, Board has been an assistant with the Raiders for two seasons, the Browns in 2011-12 and for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California, in 2013-14. He is one of 20 people to win a Super Bowl both as a player and a coach.
How many high-school kids get coached by a three-time Super Bowl champion as a player (with the 49ers in the 1981, '84 and '88 seasons; Board owns a fourth ring from being an assistant with San Francisco in '94)? And how many coaches go from high-school assistant onto the staff of a Super Bowl team?
Cash was a second-team All-Pac-10 cornerback while playing at USC in 2000 and '01 for current Seahawks head man Pete Carroll. Cash was in the NFL as a player for five years, three with Detroit and 2005 and '06 with Atlanta. He's been the defensive coordinator at Florida A&M the last two seasons.
This is Curtis' fourth NFL team as an assistant. He was the safeties coach for the Rams from 2009-11 and assistant secondary coach for the Saints from 2012 through last season. I like the fact he graduated from Virginia Military Institute; I plan on talking to him about that experience.
Carroll had said last month at the combine in Indianapolis recently promoted defensive assistant Rocky Seto will have more of an overarching, multi-position role on the defense that this season will be run by new coordinator Kris Richard. Richard was the Seahawks' secondary coach before coordinator Dan Quinn left last month to become Atlanta's coach. Seattle and Carroll are essentially replacing the popular Richard with two assistant, Cash and Curtis, specializing on corners and safeties.
Here are a few news items from Carroll this morning at a media breakfast at the league meetings in Phoenix (I’m not there, this from Terry Blount of ESPN and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times):
–DE Cassius Marsh is 100 percent healthy and ready to go for 2015 after missing October on last season with a broken foot. Carroll likened that return of last season’s rookie from UCLA to getting an extra draft pick.
–Speaking of…Carroll said the team will use some of its 11 choices in next month’s draft on offensive linemen. As well it needs to.
–Carroll said he’s been speaking with Michael Bennett almost weekly since the Super Bowl and the defensive end has not once mentioned wanting a trade. That again contradicts a lone report from the Fort Worth Star Telegram last week.
–Carroll said the team is bringing back free-agent Steve Schilling, the Bellevue High School graduate. He could be an option at center. Schilling went on injured reserve in November because of a knee injury. A guard entering Seattle’s training camp last summer, Schilling was one of four centers to play for the Seahawks last season. Only one of those — Patrick Lewis — is currently on the roster in the wake of Max Unger being traded this month to New Orleans to get Jimmy Graham.
--The league approved some minor rules changes outlined here, such an eligible/ineligible players and jersey numbers (after New England got trick with those in the playoffs). And it seems likely there will be some kind of tweak to extra points in the 2015 season -- it will take another set of league meetings to determine exactly what the change(s) will be.