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Carroll brings Alex Gibbs to Seattle

Pete Carroll already has his own parking spot.  Now he’s starting to build a coaching staff.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Carroll has landed Alex Gibbs as his offensive line coach, a significant coup for a new staff that may be made up mostly of college coaches.

Gibbs, the godfather of zone blocking in the NFL, has long been known as one of the premier offensive line coaches in the league.  He’s enjoyed success in Denver, Atlanta, and Houston.  His contract with the Texans as assistant head coach ran out at the end of the season.

As Mort points out, Gibbs’ approach to the running game will work seamlessly with what Jeremy Bates wants to do.  Bates worked in Denver before working under Carroll at USC and is expected to be named Seattle’s offensive coordinator.

We’ll have more from Carroll’s introductory presser shortly.  In the meantime, put the next Seahawks starting running back on your fantasy football sleeper list for 2010.

UPDATE: Carroll didn’t confirm the Gibbs news at his press conference.  “If that happens, [hiring him] will be an outstanding achievement.”

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15 Responses to “Carroll brings Alex Gibbs to Seattle”
  1. realitypolice says: Jan 12, 2010 1:47 PM

    How does this jibe with your scathing earlier post blasting Carroll for building a “college staff”?

  2. madpunter88 says: Jan 12, 2010 1:52 PM

    Justin Forsett was already on next seasons’ fantasy football sleeper list. Considering the only person in the world who didn’t see that he was more capable than Julius Jones is no longer the coach of the team, it was already going to be a good year for him. This is only makes it better.

  3. toonster says: Jan 12, 2010 1:54 PM

    Excellent hire for the Seahawks. They still need a better starting RB and an improved LT, but this may allow them to focus more on rebuilding that defense this offseason.

  4. Go Hooter Go says: Jan 12, 2010 1:56 PM

    “As Mort points out, Gibbs’ approach to the running game will work seamlessly with what Jeremy Bates wants to do. Bates worked in Denver before working under Carroll at USC and is expected to be named Seattle’s”
    I can always count on PFT to screw up the basics.

  5. The Coop says: Jan 12, 2010 2:00 PM

    If Houston lets Gibbs go to Seattle, then there’s yet ANOTHER reason why Kubiak should be FIRED immediately.

  6. pacstud says: Jan 12, 2010 2:09 PM

    Wow. Huge signing.
    Where Gibbs goes, so improves the run game.

  7. jamaltimore says: Jan 12, 2010 2:12 PM

    where’s snyder and the leprechaun on this deal? Gibbs was the guy behind the success of all those denver running backs while shanny was head coach and worked with his son in houston? We’ll see if the emperor has any clothes.

  8. dolphan85 says: Jan 12, 2010 2:13 PM

    I’m surprised, given his background with zone blocking and time with Denver, that Shanahan did not try to bring him to Washington.

  9. Football Fan says: Jan 12, 2010 2:23 PM

    Wow things are looking good in Seattle. Looks like Carroll is planning on building a strong run game. Could that mean that RB and RT is going to become a big priority in this year’s draft?

  10. FloriosPhillyFan says: Jan 12, 2010 2:33 PM

    I think we can now consider the Seahawks the favorite to go to the BCS Championship Game next year.

  11. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Jan 12, 2010 2:42 PM

    # Football Fan says: January 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    Wow things are looking good in Seattle. Looks like Carroll is planning on building a strong run game. Could that mean that RB and RT is going to become a big priority in this year’s draft?
    —————————————————–
    We can go another season or so without a franchise back. We need to plug that O-line, secondary and look at securing a QB for the future.
    I truly believe that Forsett can play a big roll while we do that.

  12. spliffbunker says: Jan 12, 2010 2:50 PM

    @ jamaltimore & dolphan85 :
    Gibbs son was on the staff in Denver & was fired in-season (cant recall if it was 06-07-08 ) so make of that what you will

  13. ben.there says: Jan 12, 2010 3:15 PM

    This guy will not fix your run game, Seattle. Take a look at how the Texans fared under him, with their 3.5 ypc.

  14. egypt123 says: Jan 12, 2010 3:52 PM

    Yeah, the Texans OL and running game were such an imposing force last year. I have a feeling the Texans made no effort to re-sign the guy and good riddance. Hopefully his son (the Texans DB coach) will stay and they’ll promote Bruce Matthews and allow him to get some more beef up front and implement a more conventional blocking scheme.

  15. cowboys suck says: Jan 12, 2010 4:56 PM

    thank gawd this guy is outta houston. his plan consists of chris brown throwing half back option passes for interceptions. seattle will now suck even more. awesome

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