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Friday afternoon is typically a time when news that is announced is news that a company or organization would like to gain as little attention as possible, however, the Seattle Seahawks on Friday afternoon announced a series of changes to the coaching staff.

As had long been expected after reports emerged in January that it would be the case, Ivan Lewis was hired to be the team’s head strength and conditioning coach. Jamie Yanchar, who had reportedly been let go with the rest of the strength and conditioning team following the 2018 season, will return for 2019, and he will be joined by Mark Phillipp, Thomas Garcia and Grant Steen.

In addition, the team announced two new offensive coaches. First, former Seahawks backup quarterback Austin Davis will work under Brian Schottenheimer as an offensive assistant. In that role he will replace Steve Shimko who was promoted to assistant quarterbacks coach.

The team also added Brad Idzik to the staff, who had spent the last five years at Stanford in various roles, including volunteer offensive assistant for 2014, offensive and special teams graduate assistant from 2015 through 2017 and offensive graduate assistant in 2018. Idzik is the son of John Idzik, who worked in the Hawks from office for several years before moving on to become the general manager of the New York Jets in 2013.

For those fans who were hoping that there would be a change made at the special teams coordinator position, there will be no such adjustment. Brian Schneider is still the special teams coordinator. However, gone from the 2018 coaching staff are Carl Smith, was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans and Will Harriger. Harriger is now an offensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons, where he is reunited with Dan Quinn, with whom he worked with for the 2014 season in Seattle.