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Reports: Seahawks hire Mike Solari to coach offensive line

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Reports emerged late Monday that the Seattle Seahawks will hire Mike Solari to be the offensive line coach to replace Tom Cable. This will be Solari’s second stint with the Seahawks, having coached the offensive line for Seattle under Mike Holmgren and Jim Mora in 2008 and 2009.

Solari also has ties to both Pete Carroll and John Schneider. He was tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1995 and 1996 while Carroll was the defensive coordinator, and he was the offensive line coach in the late 1990s when Schneider was in the front office of the Kansas City Chiefs.

As noted in the tweet, Solari joins the Hawks after having been the offensive line coach for the New York Giants the prior two years, where his work was widely criticized for the amount of pressure Eli Manning experienced and the inability of the Giants to mount much of a rushing attack. The Giants averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in 2016 and 3.9 yards per carry in 2017.

It will certainly be interesting to see what Solari is able to do with the pieces the team has assembled on the front line, and hopefully he will be able to squeeze some life into the run game while affording Russell Wilson better protection.