While the Seattle Seahawks are looking for a replacement for the fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., they are looking strongly at the defensive staff of the Chicago Bears 2015-16.
In addition to potentially promoting assistant head coach / defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, the Seahawks have reportedly requested interviews with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai.
The first report from Seattle Times by Norton and defensive pass game coordinator Andre Curtis' layoffs mentioned Hurtt and Donatell as potential candidates for the position. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reported the Seahawks has requested a conversation with Donatell. Michael-Shawn Dugar of TheAthletic.com has reported on the Seahawks has requested a conversation with Desai.
Hurtt, Donatell and Desai all worked under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for two seasons with the Bears in 2015-16. Hurtt was the assistant defensive line coach and then the outside linebacker coach, Donatell trained the defensive backs and Desai was a defensive quality control coach.
Hurtt has been Seattle's defensive line coach since 2017 and won the title of assistant head coach in 2018.
Donatell has spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos under Fangio. Dontatell coached head coach Pete Carroll for five seasons when they were part of the New York Jets coaching staff in the 1990s, including Carroll's single season as head coach of the Jets in 1994. The Broncos were eighth in total defense and third in points allowed this season under Donatell and Fangio.
Desai comes after his lone season as defensive coordinator for the Bears under head coach Matt Nagy. The Bears placed sixth in overall defense and 22nd in allowed points. Desai served as the team's safety coach for two seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator last season.