The Seahawks finalized their 2023 coaching staff with the addition of four assistants and a couple of promotions.John Boyle
The Seahawks added a pair of coaches to the defensive staff, hiring Roy Anderson as the team's secondary coach and BT Jordan as pass rush specialist.
Those two take the place of Sean Desai, who is now the defensive coordinator in Philadelphia, and Aaron Curry, who is now the outside linebackers coach in Pittsburgh. Earlier this offseason, the Seahawks added Greg Olson as quarterbacks coach after Dave Canales left to become Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator.
Anderson, who most recently was the Vikings' assistant defensive backs/safeties coach, has spent most of the past two decades in the NFL, first as a player personnel assistant with the Ravens, then joining Baltimore's coaching staff before moving on to coach in Indianapolis, San Francisco, Chicago, then after a stop at LSU, Minnesota. As a player, Anderson played quarterback at Howard University.
Jordan, who spent last season at Michigan State, has specialized in training defensive linemen through his business, BT Jordan Trench Performance, working with more than 200 NFL players, including current Seahawks Uchenna Nwosu, Al Woods and receiver DK Metcalf.
"Wait until you guys see BT Jordan get after it, he'll coach 'em up now," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week on Seattle Sports 710 AM. "Pull him up on YouTube, he's all over the place with guys he has worked out. Through the interviews we were going through and the phone calls we got since word has gotten out, he's got his lines out in the water now. He has worked with a lot of people, and a lot of people love what he does and what he brings, so I think it's a really special element.... He's going to be a big part of it, so I'm excited."
While the hire of Anderson wasn't finalized at the time, Carroll did say last week that the Seahawks were hiring another coach to work with the secondary, but noted that it would not be a direct replacement for Desai. Carroll also said that defensive passing game coordinator Karl Scott, who adds the title senior assistant in 2023, will take on a bigger role with Desai gone.
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The Seahawks also added a pair of offensive assistants, Donovan Jackson and Robbie Picazo. Picazo, a former quarterback who played at Stanford, spent last season as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans, and before that coached running backs and quarterbacks at Rice. He began his coaching career at Stanford, transitioning to coaching after a playing career that saw him back up former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck. Jackson, who played offensive and defensive line at Norfolk State then in the Arena League, began his coaching career at the high school level before coaching in the college ranks at Norfolk State, Savannah State and LSU. He has also worked as a coaching intern for the Bears, Dolphins, Chargers and Jets, focusing primarily on offensive line play. Most recently, Jackson was a national scout for the Vikings in 2022, and before that he was a scouting assistant for the Packers in 2021.
In addition to Scott adding the title of senior assistant, other title changes include DeShawn Shead going from assistant defensive backs coach to assistant defensive backs/cornerbacks, and Will Tukuafu going from quality control coach-defense to defensive assistant/defensive line. Also, Neiko Thorpe, who spent last season as a coaching intern, is now a full-time staff member as a defensive assistant.