Report: Seahawks expected to make Ken Norton Jr. defensive coordinator

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Ken Norton Jr. recently signed on to become the 49ers assistant head coach and linebackers coach, but his stay with the team is reportedly shaping up to be a brief one.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Norton is expected to be the next defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. The Seahawks have not announced a move involving their current coordinator Kris Richard, but word last week was that he would be joining offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable on the way out of Seattle.

Garafolo notes that Norton just took the job with the 49ers, but that he has an out in the deal that would allow him to jump to Seattle, which will likely be integrating some new faces on defense this offseason due to injuries, cap management and other reasons.

Norton was the linebackers coach for the Seahawks from 2010-2014 and left to become the defensive coordinator of the Raiders. Norton was fired during the 2017 season.

UPDATE 5:51 p.m. ET: Alex Rozier of KING in Seattle reports that Norton’s wife says her husband signed a three-year deal with the Seahawks. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan also released a statement, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

“Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position.”

32 responses to “Report: Seahawks expected to make Ken Norton Jr. defensive coordinator

  1. Welcome back Ken! You should have been promoted while you were here the first time. Now, if we can only do a reset on hiring the Hockenscheimer, or whatever the perspective OC’s name is.

  2. Great News! Glad to have Norton Jr. Back. I thought he should have been hired as DC over Richard. Hopefully he can get the defense back to the elite level.

  3. Good. Need some old school mentality. Richard was ok but too close to the ages of some of those guys and had been in the staff for a while. Defense will look a fair bit different but a good guy to get a hold of to remold it.

    And yeah, has to be better options for Wilson then Schottenheimer as the OC, especially if the rumors of a college style offense are true.

  4. Man. It’s almost like Carroll wants to get fired or something. Retread city between Norton and Schottenheimer as his two coordinators. Ugly hires. Both total flameouts with former teams.

  5. The Seahawks remind me of the 80’s Bears. Great defense to win one championship, then slowly fading into oblivion.

  6. theimmaculatedeception says:
    January 15, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Man. It’s almost like Carroll wants to get fired or something. Retread city between Norton and Schottenheimer as his two coordinators. Ugly hires. Both total flameouts with former teams.
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    Someone doesn’t know that Norton was with Seattle during their back to back SB appearances. Ooops!

  7. Someone doesn’t know that Norton was with Seattle during their back to back SB appearances. Ooops!

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    Nice try man. Norton’s former team in this sense was his dismal stint as Raiders DC. U did know he flamed out as Oakland’s DC right?

  8. Norton will probably last one year as Hawks DC. After hitting record .500 in 2018, Carroll will call it quits, new coach will clean house and so does NortonJr. who ends up to be assistant coach with a new team again.

  9. theimmaculatedeception says:
    January 15, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Nice try man. Norton’s former team in this sense was his dismal stint as Raiders DC. U did know he flamed out as Oakland’s DC right?
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    It’s interesting you condemn Norton for DC with the Raiders, while conveniently ignoring his success as a SB champion defensive coach, and multiple 3 time SB winner as a player. Championship pedigree while with Seattle, which is all that matters.

  10. theimmaculatedeception says:
    Nice try man. Norton’s former team in this sense was his dismal stint as Raiders DC. U did know he flamed out as Oakland’s DC right?
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    Yeah, ’cause he has so many great players to work with in Oakland.

    Norton will be a major upgrade over Richard, who was in over his head from the beginning.

    That should scare you.

  11. I’m not so sure he can do that. Being labeled as “Asst Head Coach” might throw a wrench into the story. You can leave for a promotion but not laterally unless the team signs off on it. If the Niners wanted to get tough they could ask/receive a draft pick or existing player as compensation.

  12. skawh says:
    January 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    It’s interesting you condemn Norton for DC with the Raiders, while conveniently ignoring his success as a SB champion defensive coach, and multiple 3 time SB winner as a player. Championship pedigree while with Seattle, which is all that matters.
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    Interesting you can’t understand someone calling out his performance for the only other team he was a DC for since that’s the position he’s been hired for. Or that you can’t see the humor in saying he was a 3 time SB winner as a player and his championship pedigree with Seattle is all that matters when as a player he won with Dallas & SF.

  13. his time in Oakland shows that no amount of coaching can overcome a lack of talent. It will be the same story in Seattle unless there is an influx of talent.

  14. Just remember that Solari coached one of the best O-Lines of the Seahawks… Hopefully he can keep Schott in line

  15. either you trust Carroll/Schneider, or you don’t. they didn’t suddenly forget how to coach/GM.

    and while they’re catching a ton of grief from a lot of message board experts – they just went 9-7, after 5 straight years with 10+ wins and playoff appearances, and a couple SB appearances. The pendulum does tend to swing, with age/attrition/salaries making it tough to stay on top forever, but their performance makes me still trust their judgment.

  16. Sorry to see Norton go. I liked him as a position coach, but not as a defensive coordinator. IDK what Carroll is thinking. Oakland’s defense was bad under Norton and instantly improved under the new coordinator once Norton was fired.

  17. Steve Erkel says:
    January 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm
    Jimmy G will shred his pathetic defense.
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    Heheheh, your guys might not be able to retain him!
    LOL

  18. Wait, so a coach that was rumored to get a job changed his mind? According to Florio that kind of thing can’t happen, as every rumor is a fact written in stone.

  19. Seattle management has certainly fell off a cliff in the last couple years. Did they really just hire Norton and Schottenheimer? That sounds like christmas to the rest of the division. The best part is, hawks fans think they have improved their coaching. Yikes.

  20. He kept trying to run the Seahawks version of the Cover 3 as his base defense with the Raiders, but the Raiders didn’t have the personnel for it.

    If the Seahawks are healthy and not missing any key players on defense, then he can run it there. It takes a special bunch of guys to run that defense.

  21. Doesn’t matter who the defensive Coordinator is really. Everyone knows Pete controls what happens with that defense. Sure the DC will call the plays, but all the adjustments and the actual coaching techniques will come from Pete. The OC is what coordinator position the hawks really care about, and I’m not sure they got it right. Not sure if they even got it close.

  22. Jimmy G will shred his pathetic defense

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    HAHA, try becoming relevant first. Jimmy will flop, 9ers will overpay, you watch.

  23. Sensing insecurity from Chokehawks fans. Jimmy G made it look too easy against that Defense. And Sherman will be recovering from an injury that takes at least a year to fully come back from. Also the heart and soul if that Defense might be gone too.

    49ers were more relevant at the end of the season as a 6-10 team than the Seachickens were. Get used to it, your window is slamming shut. It’s about that time for the “Pete gonna bolt” watch.

  24. joetoronto says:
    January 16, 2018 at 5:05 am
    He kept trying to run the Seahawks version of the Cover 3 as his base defense with the Raiders, but the Raiders didn’t have the personnel for it.

    If the Seahawks are healthy and not missing any key players on defense, then he can run it there. It takes a special bunch of guys to run that defense.

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    Not really. This defense does require the safeties to be very active and athletic but every scheme relies on certain attributes to succeed. The Raiders defense just is not good, no matter the scheme.

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