Report: Seahawks dismiss running backs coach Sherman Smith

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The Seahawks will replace running backs coach Sherman Smith with Chad Morton, Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported Monday evening.

Smith had been the team’s running backs coach since 2009. He was an original Seahawk, having played running back for the team from 1976-83. He coached in the college ranks and with Washington and Tennessee in the NFL before joining the Seahawks’ staff.

Morton was already on staff. He has spent the last three seasons as assistant special teams coach and added assistant running backs coach duties over the last two seasons.

Morton had a seven-year NFL playing career as a running back and kickoff returner. He previously coached for four seasons with the Packers.

6 responses to “Report: Seahawks dismiss running backs coach Sherman Smith

  1. This is so bizarre. It’s like no matter how much proof you have that the o-line and play calling are the issues Pete Carroll refuses to accept it. Marshawn was one of the only running backs ever that could have a great season behind a line that let people meet you at the handoff consistently.

  2. It is classic blame-shifting. He was doing a great job when they led the league in rushing year after year, and when they had a good O line, which made Beast Mode expendable. Then they lost LT Okung and RG Sweezy to free agency. The running game suffered further when Rawls was injured. Instead of shouldering the blame for forcing Beast Mode to retire and not re-signing 2 OL, they blame the assistant coach.

  3. They won’t fire OL coach Tom Cable because the O line would have been a lot worse without him. But even he cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

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