Lofa Tatupu among new coaches hired

Along with former defensive backs coach Kris Richard taking over as defensive coordinator (as expected), the Seahawks announced a trio of new additions to the coaching staff, not the least of which is former All-Pro middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, whose heady play helped Seattle reach its first Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll likes to have former players serve as assistant coaches as evidenced by Kris Richard assuming the role of defensive coordinator and Rocky Seto getting a promotion from defensive passing game coordinator to defensive assistant head coach.

Richard's promotion was just the first example of Carroll's preference for former players assuming coaching positions, as the Seahawks announced that 12-year NFL veteran Michael Barrow will take over as the Seahawks' lead linebacker coach. Barrow had served as the linebacker coach at his alma mater, Miami, from 2007-2013 and previously played for the Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants before finishing his career in 2005 with Dallas.

Assisting Barrow will be Tatupu, who played under Carroll while both were at USC and rose to immediate stardom in Seattle after being a "surprise" second round pick in 2005. He was voted to the Pro Bowl each of his first three seasons in Seattle and was among the standouts on the Seahawks' initial trip to the Super Bowl.

Brennan Carroll is the second of Coach Pete's sons to take a position with the Seahawks. After playing at Pittsburgh and initially coaching at USC, Brennan coached receivers and tight ends the past few years at Miami. He'll serve as an assistant offensive line coach in Seattle. He joins his younger brother, Nate, who is currently an assistant receivers coach for the Seahawks.

Seto's promotion may seem like semantics on the surface but it is hardly that. Seto, who previously played under Carroll at Southern Cal as a linebacker, himself and has done a terrific job working in tandem with Richard as a defensive backs coach since, will now have a more active duty in the day-to-day organization of the defense -- a role that could lead to he and Richard each earning interest for even more prominent positions in the future.

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