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The Seattle Seahawks have hired Brian Schottenheimer as their
offensive coordinator and are bringing back Ken Norton Jr. to oversee the
defense.

The Seahawks officially announced the anticipated hires Tuesday after reports
surfaced over the holiday weekend of agreements with the pair. San Francisco
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan released a statement Monday that Norton had been
offered a coordinator position less than a week after Norton was hired by the
49ers. The Seahawks did not confirm Norton’s hiring until Tuesday.

Norton was the defensive coordinator in Oakland before getting fired after 10
games last season. He was subsequently hired by the 49ers last week as an
assistant head coach before taking the job with Seattle. Norton replaces Kris
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three seasons and was selected ahead of Norton for the job in 2015.

Norton served as linebackers coach for Seattle from 2010-14, but when he was
bypassed for the job three years ago jumped at the chance to be a coordinator in
Oakland. Along with firing Richard, the Seahawks let go of linebackers coach
Michael Barrow.

Schottenheimer takes over for Darrell Bevell, who was fired last week after
seven seasons in charge of Seattle’s offense. Bevell was let go along with
offensive line coach Tom Cable following a disappointing season where the
Seahawks offense was defined by inconsistency.

Seattle also hired veteran Mike Solari as offensive line coach, replacing
Cable.

Schottenheimer was an offensive coordinator from 2006-2014 with the New York
Jets and the St. Louis Rams. He spent the 2015 season as the offensive
coordinator at Georgia before returning to the NFL the past two seasons as the
quarterbacks coach with the Indianapolis Colts.

Schottenheimer will inherit an offense that has great potential but
significant problems to solve.

Russell Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes this season but was
regularly underwhelming during slow first-half performances that put stress on
Seattle’s defense and often had the Seahawks playing from behind.

Schottenheimer’s biggest challenge will be re-energizing a Seattle running
game that disappeared this season. Wilson was the Seahawks’ leading rusher by
more than 500 yards. No running back for Seattle had more than 240 yards rushing
and the six running backs who carried the ball for the Seahawks in 2017 averaged
a mere 3.3 yards per carry.

His final three seasons in New York were the most optimistic sign that
Schottenheimer can help the Seahawks return to the run-first style that head
coach Pete Carroll desires. The Jets were the No. 9 run team in the NFL in 2008;
No. 1 in 2009; and No. 4 in 2010.

With the return of Norton, Seattle chose a return to the past. There was a
belief Seattle was trying to bring back Gus Bradley, but the former Seahawks
defensive coordinator opted to remain with the Los Angeles Chargers. Norton
knows much of Seattle’s veteran personnel and will be more apt to run what
Carroll wants defensively.

Richard’s units slipped the past two seasons, but that was partly due to
critical injuries. Seattle lost safety Earl Thomas for the final month of the
2016 season and played half of the 2017 season without Richard Sherman, Kam
Chancellor and Cliff Avril. Seattle’s defense ranked 11th overall and 13th in
points allowed this season.

Solari joins Seattle from the New York Giants. He has ties to the Seahawks
after serving as offensive line coach in 2008-09.

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nursing for the past four weeks.

Brown was a full practice participant all week, but coach Mike Tomlin said
Brown fell ill Friday. So Tomlin kept him away from the team two days prior to
the Steelers’ divisional round playoff game Sunday against the Jacksonville
Jaguars.

On their official injury report released late Friday afternoon, the Steelers
listed Brown as questionable to play Sunday.

”I didn’t want him to get any of the guys who weren’t sick, sick,” Tomlin
said. ”We’ll bring him back in the building (Saturday) and continue with his
game readiness. We don’t have a lot of reservations about him from a physical
health standpoint. We do need to get him well from an illness standpoint.”

Brown hasn’t played since he left a Dec. 17 game against the New England
Patriots in the second quarter because of a contusion in his lower left leg. He
returned to practice Monday and remains in line to appear in his 10th playoff
game Sunday at Heinz Field.

Questions swirled surrounding the status of three other Steelers starters,
but each of those defensive players on Friday insisted he will play against the
Jaguars. Cornerback Artie Burns returned after sustaining a non-contact right
knee injury Wednesday, defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned after an elbow
injury limited him Wednesday and prevented him from practicing Thursday, and
defensive lineman Javon Hargrave (back) came back after taking Thursday off.

Also, Tomlin said backup offensive lineman B.J. Finney (thigh injury
sustained in the regular-season finale) was a full participant in practice for
the second straight day.

Tomlin said he expects all his injured players to be available Sunday. The
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, and each of them, separately, expressed they would
play.

”I’m feeling good; I did all of my reps today in practice,” Burns said. ”I
should be 100 percent (Sunday). I felt good out there. All of my movements were
good. I feel like I was able to run with good speed. I just have to keep doing
therapy and I’ll be good.”

Burns, like Tuitt, emerged from practice with a sizable wrap on the affected
body part. But when asked if he was playing Sunday, Tuitt’s answer was, ”No
doubt.”

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Hargrave downplayed the significance of suddenly missing a practice three
days before a playoff game.

”I just didn’t practice (Thursday), that’s all,” he said.

”I’m good. Ain’t nothing serious, I’m pretty sure,” Hargrave said. ”It really
wasn’t too big; I just needed some rest, really. I practiced (Friday) and it was
pretty good.”


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