After posting their first lost record since 2011 and missing the playoffs for just the second time in 10 years, the Seahawks announced Tuesday that they had released defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. from their duties. Defensive passing game coordinator Andre Curtis was also released.
Seattle was ranked No. 28 this season in total allowed yards per game. match (379.1) and 20th in the opponents' pass rating (93.6), while it only forced 18 takeaways.
"Defensively, we did not start fast enough this season again," Carroll said after the team's season finale, according to ESPN's Randy Henderson. "It's twice in a row that we did not start fast enough and we found ourselves and put up some good numbers that indicate how you play. Just all that just happened not fast enough."
Norton had held the position of defensive coordinator since 2018. He was an assistant in Pete Carroll's staffs at USC from 2004-09, and then came over to Seattle with him as the team's linebackers coach. He left the Seahawks to become the defensive coordinator for the Raiders in 2015 and returned three years later.
Curtis had been with the Seahawks for seven seasons, starting as an assistant secondary coach before becoming the defensive back coach in 2017. He took over as the coordinator for defensive passing play in 2018.
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