Seahawks announce firings of Ken Norton, Andre Curtis

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The Seahawks made official the firing of defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. They also announced Tuesday that they are parting ways with defensive passing game coordinator Andre Curtis.

Norton spent the past four seasons as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, previously holding the same title with the Raiders for three seasons. He also was on Pete Carroll’s staff as the Seahawks’ linebackers coach from 2010-2014, helping with the development of players like Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.

Norton, a Pro Bowl linebacker during his playing career with the Cowboys and 49ers, began his coaching career working under Carroll at USC in 2004.

Curtis has spent the past seven seasons with the Seahawks, starting out as the assistant secondary coach before becoming the defensive backs coach in 2017. He earned the title of defensive passing game coordinator in 2018.

19 responses to “Seahawks announce firings of Ken Norton, Andre Curtis

  1. Why they brought-back Ken Norton Jr. after he failed spectacularly with the Raiders always had me scratching my head. I guess Pete finally started scratching his. ‘Bout time!

  2. This move is just before a HC gets fired (usually a year after) if the resulting changes do not improve the team’s performance. I’m good with this move. I just wish it had been earlier. Regardless, this is the next step before giving up & doing a major overhaul.

  3. Norton, to his credit, has proven to be an excellent LB coach but he just isn’t coordinator material. How he lasted this long is beyond me.

  4. Pete and Schneider staying put is the best news for their NFC Foes. Seattle consistently fails to address the root of the problem. Can any Hawk fan come on here and tell us with a straight face how this team is going to improve without draft picks that were carelessly burned on Adams, Dunlap et al?

  5. It was Pete’s D scheme. He’s so afraid of getting beat deep that he has the D playing 8 yards off the line when it’s 3rd and 2 or worse, no defender on a wr giving easy pitch and catches to the opposition. Just look at the completion percentage of Seahawk opposing QB’s. Even bad backup QB’s look good against their D. Maybe just maybe Jody was stern enough with her talk with Pete that he”s be forced to change his scheme.

  6. With a straight face, I’ll bite and say they certainly can improve. They have 6 draft picks and $50M+ in cap space. Whether they do improve is another question.

    I’m curious what you consider is “the root of the problem”. Personally I think it’s a combination of less than stellar drafts and a team that got away from the coach’s philosophy. Over the past decade, the Seahawks have been at their best when they have a balanced offense and a young/aggressive defense.

    The talent exodus/aging hasn’t been replaced with the same caliber young and hungry players. The last couple games I thought were closer to their better defensive years (granted it was Lions and Cards). Watching the difference between Wagner and Brooks all year has been interesting. Wagner no longer throws his body around with maximum force. Brooks and to a lesser extent Barton were challenging blocks instead of just trying to avoid them.

  7. Dunlap is a baller. Stats were low mid season because he wasn’t playing many snaps. He came back strong the last 1/4 of the season as his snap count ticked up.

  8. theimmaculatedeception says:
    January 18, 2022 at 5:54 pm
    Pete and Schneider staying put is the best news for their NFC Foes. Seattle consistently fails to address the root of the problem. Can any Hawk fan come on here and tell us with a straight face how this team is going to improve without draft picks that were carelessly burned on Adams, Dunlap et al?

    Agree with Adams but Dunlap? He was traded for BJ Finney (who the Hawks were trying to unload and a 7th round pick. Also he had 5 sacks in 8 games last year and 8.5 in 17 this year. Actually it was a great trade for Seattle. Before posting you may want to do just a little research.

  9. eattheball2022 says:
    January 18, 2022 at 6:15 pm
    With a straight face, I’ll bite and say they certainly can improve. They have 6 draft picks and $50M+ in cap space. Whether they do improve is another question.
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    “They have 6 draft picks..” and zero picks in the first round. “$50M+ in cap space…” 15 unrestricted and 11 restricted free agents will do that. Many were on one year prove it deals. That money will go fast replacing that many (or resigning) players. Don’t expect big splashes.

  10. theimmaculatedeception says:
    January 18, 2022 at 5:54 pm
    Pete and Schneider staying put is the best news for their NFC Foes. Seattle consistently fails to address the root of the problem. Can any Hawk fan come on here and tell us with a straight face how this team is going to improve without draft picks that were carelessly burned on Adams, Dunlap et al?

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    part of it is failure of drafting, talent acquisition, wasted money, etc. etc. etc.
    But I think the biggest thing is their lack of adaptation. They were so far ahead of the curve with tall, rangy corners, their scheme, drafting players, but as the league has adopted and adapted their strategy, they’ve failed to adjust.

  11. Pete Carroll won the SB in 2013 and came back the next year to lose the SB in one of the greatest mysteries of all time (not running Marshawn Lynch at the 1 yard line and letting Malcom Butler intercept). After that, he’s been slightly better than average. The Legend of Doom is gone, no one fears the Seahawks or Russell Wilson, and they won’t be going to the SB anytime soon. My ? is why is he still there?

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