The Seattle Seahawks have employed Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as their new head coach.
Macdonald, who has emerged as one of many league’s most highly-regarded defensive minds, will turn out to be the youngest head coach within the NFL on the age of 36 as he fills the job vacated by Pete Carroll.
“What an honour,” Macdonald stated. “We’re tremendous excited to be right here. Simply attending to know [general manager] John (Schneider) and the remainder of the parents, the popularity of this place, what drew us right here was the folks. That is why we’re right here, to convey a championship again to Seattle and the 12s.
“We’ll have plenty of enjoyable, we’ll work our tails off, and it’ll be an unbelievable journey. We’ll be right here for a very long time, and we’ll win plenty of soccer video games.”
Macdonald helped the Ravens earn the No. 1 seed within the AFC in 2023, along with his protection ending first in scoring protection (16.5 factors per sport) and sixth within the NFL in complete protection (301.4 yards per sport).
Baltimore’s season ended on Sunday with a 17-10 residence loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the AFC Championship Recreation.
Macdonald’s arrival comes following the top of Carroll’s 14-year tenure during which he grew to become the winningest coach in franchise historical past at 137-89-1 whereas main Seattle to victory at Tremendous Bowl XLVIII.
“We need to maintain our Positive tradition,” Schneider stated. “Every little thing that is been created right here, the whole lot on this constructing. There are such a lot of particular folks on this constructing. It is wonderful to be on the telephone with all of those brokers and other people which might be on this place, and to have the ability to clarify to them like, Hey. There is a basis right here and it is unbelievable.'”
Seattle completed twenty fifth in scoring protection (23.6 factors per sport) and thirtieth in complete protection (371.4 yards per sport) whereas lacking the playoffs in 2023.
Macdonald additionally interviewed this winter with the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Commanders.
He simply accomplished his second season because the defensive coordinator for the Ravens, having held the identical place on the College of Michigan in 2021 following seven seasons on the Ravens’ teaching workers (2014-20).
Seattle defensive finish Mike Morris, who performed underneath Macdonald at Michigan, stated his new head coach is “going to convey that very same hearth from Michigan” to the Seahawks.
“I used to be so comfortable,” Morris stated Wednesday. “I do know the man we’ll get, and I do know the whole lot that he put into Michigan and the whole lot he put into the protection at Michigan and the whole lot that he’ll put in to now.”
The Wolverines received the Huge Ten championship in 2021 and superior to the School Soccer Playoff semifinals. Morris lauded Macdonald’s qualities that make him a “participant’s coach”.
“How personable he’s, consideration to element, how a lot of a participant’s coach he’s, involving the gamers within the schemes. I am very excited to see what we’ll get out of him,” Morris stated.
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