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a coach for the Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carroll used to mean something [url=http://www.seahawksjerseyproshop.com/shaquem-griffin-jersey/]Shaquem Griffin Jersey[/url] , Ken Norton, Jr. was hired away by Jack Del Rio to be the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders in 2015. Norton had spent 11 years with Carroll, including the previous five for the Seahawks as linebackers coach under Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn, with back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.When Quinn left after Seattles second straight season of winning the conference, Carroll hired Kris Richard to take over as defensive coordinator, while Norton went to the Raiders. The two assistants saw their paths take different directions fr om that point forward, but now as things have come full circle, Norton suddenly looks to be ahead of his longtime colleague with USC and the Seahawks.But really isnt just about timing and talent?Oakland went 3-13 and finished 32nd in points allowed in 2014, which is why they fired Dennis Allen (and replacement Tony Sparano), and hired Del Rio. Thats where Norton came in and he helped the Raiders improve to 22nd in points allowed, with 16 more sacks than they had the year before, and a notably better pass defense. All because of Norton, right?Probably a lot more to do with second-year linebacker Khalil Mack actually, who went from three sacks to 15. And as weve seen, Mack doesnt need a certain coach in order to be productive. Not that the Raiders had a super talented defense (Charles Woodson, Aldon Smith, Malcolm Smith, David Amerson [url=http://www.seahawksjerseyproshop.com/tre-flowers-jersey/]Tre Flowers Jersey[/url] , Dan Williams, Mario Edwards), but they also werent super good. They were just a little better.Then they werent.Then in September of 2016, Del Rio reportedly took playcalling away from Norton following a terrible start to the season by the defense; they gave up over 1,000 yards over the first two games. They stopped giving up 500 yards per game, but the Oakland defense was still among the worst in the NFL, even after adding Bruce Irvin and Reggie Nelson, probably because many other starters were still very bad. The Raiders finished dead last in net yards per pass attempt allowed. They did go 12-4, but lost badly in the first round of the playoffs. Maybe its a different story if not for Derek Carrs broken leg, but the defense still stood no shot of helping them through that gauntlet.After a 4-6 start last season, Oakland fired Norton, severing ties completely. They had forced just five turnovers in 10 games. He hit the open market as a coach who wasnt good enough to even improve the Oakland Raiders defense. Not a good place to be in.Luckily enough, Carroll didnt care about any of his Oakland issues. He knew Norton for over a decade and he knew that he had the talent for a good defense. Isnt that really the majority of what you need?Richard had the Seahawks back at their number one ranking for scoring defense in 2015, getting through a bad wild card game in Minnesota before losing on the road to the Carolina Panthers; they gave up 31 first half points to the Panthers but a significant problem that day was incompetence by the offense and then Seattle shut Carolina down in the second half. The Seahawks were third in points allowed in 2016, including first in yards per carry allowed. Quarterbacks had a rating of just 85 against Seattle, with only 16 touchdown passes.The Seahawks held the Detroit Lions to six in a wild card win, but again lost badly on the road in the divisional round.Things finally took a downward turn in 2017, with Seattle finishing 13th in points allowed and surrendering 30+ five times. However [url=http://www.seahawksjerseyproshop.com/barkevious-mingo-jersey/]Barkevious Mingo Jersey[/url] , there was a significant change that year: No Cliff Avril for 12 games, no Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor for seven, Earl Thomas missed two games and was recovering from a broken leg, K.J. Wright was out for the defenses worst game in years.It was a lack of talent.Carroll decided to shake things up this is more the cause for Richards firing than anything, I believe and found his old friend on the coaching free agent market. Now wh ere are the Seahawks, Richard, and Norton?Well, somewhat quietly Norton has certainly raised his stock, hasnt he? Seattle is ninth in points allowed, seventh in yards allowed, fourth in net yards per pass attempt allowed, and has a top-10 ranking in DVOA again. Whats the difference between the 2018 Seahawks and all of his Raiders defenses that werent as good? Well, Oakland had Mack, and Seattle has had an actual defense.That obviously changes now with the injury to Thomas. And if the Seahawks pass defense gets worse week-to-week, well know why. If Nortons resume goes from coached a top-10 defense to helped sink a top-10 defense, itll be because he didnt have as much talent to end the year as he did to start it. Norton may be a great coach whatever that even means but coaches are only as good as the talent that they can put on the field. Bill Belichick is famous for overturning players-not-named-Brady all the time, but less talked about is the decade hes spent with Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung as his safeties. If the players work, they work. If they dont [url=http://www.seahawksjerseyproshop.com/sweezy-jersey/]Sweezy Jersey[/url] , youre out of a job.Richard is drawing praise for his work with the Dallas Cowboys secondary as an assistant there now, including the Pro Bowl-caliber season for Byron Jones at cornerback. Certainly Richards knowledge has something to do with that, but it would be for nothing if Jones wasnt one an extremely special athlete with the capacity to play at this level. And eventually, Richard will get another chance as a defensive coordinator too, perhaps leading to a head coaching opportunity.His best way back there will be to continue to follow the talent. The AP named their annual NFL All-Pro team on Friday, and two members of the Seattle Seahawks were named to the first team. Defensive stalwart Bobby Wagner was given the honors for the fourth time, and the third season in a row. Punter Michael Dickson was also named to the first team, earning it in his rookie season. Joining Wagner among the linebackers on the first team is Luke Kuechly, his future running mate on the team of the 2010s, and rookie phenom Darius Leonard. For Kuechly, the first team All-Pro selection is his fifth. Dickson beat out NFC West rival Johnny Hekker for the first team, with Hekker landing on the second team. Rounding out the Seahawks who were given All-Pro honors on Friday is left tackle Duane Brown, who was one of two tackles named to the second team (joined by the Saints Terron Armstead). Browns selection in 2018 was the third time hes been named an All-Pro, after being named first team in 2012 and second team in 2011. Seattle has now had three players named to the All-Pro teams in consecutive seasons, following Wagner, Earl Thomas and Tyler Lockett (both second team) in 2017.
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