Pee Wee's Playhouse? Board among new coaches

While Seahawks fans anxiously await news of the latest free agent interest, the club made additions of another kind Wednesday, announcing the hiring of three "new" coaches to Pete Carroll's staff. Among the trio is longtime NFL defensive line coach Dwaine "Pee Wee" Board, who previously in Seattle under Mike Holmgren.

Though it wasn't the flashy free agent signing that some fans were hoping for, the Seahawks announced three big additions to the club Wednesday with coaches Dwaine "Pee Wee" Board, Chris Cash and Andre Curtis joining the coaching staff. Board, you may recall, coached the defensive line in Seattle under Mike Holmgren from 2003-2008. He joined the Seahawks initially after coaching 13 years with the San Francisco 49ers and spent time with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns since that time. The 58-year old Board earned the name Pee Wee during a playing career in San Francisco that saw him win three Super Bowls.

Cash is relatively young at 34 years old but played under Pete Carroll at Southern Cal and therefore knows his scheme well. Cash spent three seasons at cornerback in the NFL after getting drafted in the sixth round of the 2001 draft by the Detroit Lions. He's since worked at the high school, community college and FBS college level, most recently coaching defensive backs at Florida A&M. He's taking over as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Seahawks, specifically focusing on cornerbacks.

Curtis is a mix of youth and experience. The 38-year old initially coached linebackers at his alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, from 2000-2003 before switching to defensive ends at Georgia Southern for the next two years. He cut his teeth as the defensive quality control coach with the New York Giants from 2006-2008 and has since spent time with the St. Louis Rams and most recently with Rob Ryan and the New Orleans Saints. In Seattle, he'll work with Cash as an assistant defensive backs coach, focusing on the safeties.

Given the loss of Dan Quinn (as well as Marquand Manuel and Chris Morgan) to the Atlanta Falcons and Ken Norton, Jr. to the Oakland Raiders, the Seahawks have quietly spent the past couple of months interviewing replacements.

Kris Richard, of course, was made defensive coordinator with Rocky Seto earning a promotion as an assistant head coach on defense. The club brought in former NFL linebackers Michael Barrow and Lofa Tatupu to coach up that unit and brought in Brennan Carroll, Coach Pete's son, to help Tom Cable and Pat Ruel with the offensive line.

There were still holes in the coaching staff along the defensive line and secondary, however. Sources tell me the Seahawks were interviewing coaches as far back as the Senior Bowl in January and at the Scouting Combine in February.

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