The Seattle Seahawks team that won Super Bowl XLVIII was certain to produce future coaches. If you had asked me at the time, I would’ve said (and still would say) that Richard Sherman was the most likely to end up in a prominent coaching position. But on Tuesday, Heath Farwell became the first member of that championship winning team to earn a coordinator job in the NFL, per Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer.
The former Seahawks linebacker and special teams captain was hired by the Bills to be their special teams coordinator, less than five years after playing his final snap in the NFL. After retiring, Farwell stayed on as an assistant special teams coach in Seattle for two years, before moving on to the Panthers in a similar role last season. Now, Farwell will join a growing Carolina contingent in Buffalo, led by head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane.
Farwell’s had a relatively quick rise as a coach, with just three seasons of coaching experience under his belt before earning a coordinator job. However, he still has a long way to go before surpassing this as his most notable moment: