The Seahawks have promoted Rocky Seto to Assistant Head Coach/Defense. Seto previously held the title of Passing Game Coordinator, and gets promoted alongside Kris Richard, who is now the Defensive Coordinator.
Seto has been a member of Pete Carroll's staff since 2001. The 38 year old joined Carroll's staff at USC as a graduate assistant in 2001, and along the way has coached safeties (2003), linebackers (2004-05) and secondary (2006-08). He was promoted to defensive coordinator/secondary in 2009 at USC and Carroll brought him to the Seahawks in 2010.
Since arriving in Seattle, Seto has served as quality control/defense (2010), defensive backs/safeties (2011) and defensive passing game coordinator (2012-14). In other words, he knows this defense better than just about anyone except Carroll.
"I watched him grow up in our system," Carroll said recently. "He has become really the keeper of the records. He's got all the information. He knows everything we've ever done and how we've done it. He's a tremendous resource for us to always stay in touch with the principles and the philosophy and all that. He's been a special confidant to me to maintain our language and our belief because he goes back the furthest with me.
"He's a great friend. He's been a great coach for us. He's been a very integral part of everything we do."
Seto's title is a little ... unique, but differentiates him from Tom Cable, who is also an Assistant Head coach.
Seattle still has a few vacancies to potentially fill -- Passing Game Coordinator is one of them, as is Defensive Backs Coach -- but overall I've been impressed with the hires and think it helps continuity and culture to promote from within. The linebackers coach hires are from the outside, so that's really the main thing to watch, but there's no reason to believe at this point that they won't hit the ground running.
With multiple changes to Seattle's staff over the past few weeks, here's a refresher on where everyone stands, with their official titles.
Head Coach/Executive Vice President of Football Operations - Pete Carroll
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line - Tom Cable
Assistant Head Coach/Defense - Rocky Seto
Offensive Coordinator - Darrell Bevell
Quarterbacks - Carl Smith
Assistant Quarterbacks/Offensive Quality Control - Dave Canales
Running Backs - Sherman Smith
Wide Receivers - Kippy Brown
Assistant Wide Receivers - Nate Carroll
Tight Ends - Pat McPherson
Assistant Offensive Line - Pat Ruel & Brennan Carroll
Offensive Assistant - Will Harriger
Quality Control/Offense - Keith Carter
Defensive Coordinator - Kris Richard
Defensive Line - Travis Jones
Linebackers - Micheal Barrow
Assistant Linebackers - Lofa Tatupu
Defensive Backs - NONE
Quality Control/Defense - John Glenn
Defensive Assistant - NONE
Special Teams Coaches
Special Teams Coordinator - Brian Schneider
Assistant Special Teams - Nick Sorensen & Chad Morton
Strength and Conditioning
Head Strength and Conditioning - Chris Carlisle
Assistant Strength and Conditioning - Mondray Gee
Assistant Strength and Conditioning - Jamie Yancher
Chairman - Paul Allen
President - Peter McLoughlin
Executive Vice President/General Manager - John Schneider
Senior Vice President of Football Administration - Matt Thomas
Director of Team Operations- Tag Ribary
Director of College Scouting - Scott Fitterer
Director of Pro Personnel - Trent Kirchner
Assistant Director of Pro Personnel - Dan Morgan
Director of Football Communications - Lane Gammel