Sources: Grubb breaks Tide to be Seattle OC

  • Brady Henderson, ESPNFeb 9, 2024, 11:51 PM ET


      Brady Henderson is a reporter for NFL Country at ESPN. Henderson covers the Seattle Seahawks. He joined ESPN in 2017 covering the group for Seattle Sports 710-AM. You can follow him through Twitter @BradyHenderson.

The Seattle Seahawks are hiring former University of Washington offensive organizer Ryan Grubb to the very same position on brand-new coach Mike Macdonald’s staff, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Pete Thamel on Friday.Grubb had accepted

the Alabama offending planner job after spending the past two seasons at UW under former Huskies and existing Tide coach Kalen DeBoer, collaborating a pass-heavy offense that ranked sixth in FBS in backyards per game (487.0)and 6th in scoring (36.7) in that period. With Michael Penix Jr. at quarterback, the Huskies led FBS in passing lawns per game (355.8 )the past 2 seasons and ranked 15th in dropback percentage, calling death plays 61.8%of the time.Grubb was set to be Alabama’s offensive organizer and quarterbacks coach, having actually followed DeBoer to Tuscaloosa when he was hired in January after Nick Saban retired. UW had handed down hiring Grubb as DeBoer’s replacement.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Rather, Grubb will return to Seattle for his very first task in the NFL.

He becomes the third organizer employed to

Macdonald’s Seahawks personnel. They’ve tabbed Jay Harbaugh to run unique groups and Aden Durde to collaborate their defense, though Macdonald will call plays on that side of the ball. Seattle has actually likewise worked with Leslie Frazier as assistant head coach.Grubb is anticipated to bring Alabama offensive line coach Scott Huff with him to the Seahawks, sources informed ESPN. Huff coached Washington’s offensive line for the

past 7 years, consisting of the last two with Grubb. Last season, the Huskies ‘offensive line won the Joe Moore Award as the top line in college football.At UW, Grubb also acted as the Huskies’quarterbacks coach, working carefully in that role with Penix as the QB threw a combined 67 goal passes in 28 games over the previous two seasons.

Penix completed runner-up in Heisman Prize ballot in December.That connection will sustain speculation about Seattle preparing Penix, who is widely predicted to be taken in the very first two rounds. The Seahawks own the 16th overall choice, no second-round pick and an extra third-rounder. Geno Smith is under contract for two more seasons and $47.5 million, though he may not be a lock to stay Seattle’s starter after an up-and-down 2023 season. That total consists of a$12.7 million base pay for

2024 that will end up being completely guaranteed if Smith is still on Seattle’s roster on Feb. 16. Grubb changes Shane Waldron, who functioned as Seahawks offensive coordinator for the past 3 seasons and was employed to the exact same position with the Chicago Bears in January after Seattle fired Pete Carroll.Grubb had actually dealt with DeBoer in 4 previous stops and functioned as OC for all 4 programs: UW, Fresno State, Eastern Michigan and Sioux Falls. He began his college training career in 2005 at South Dakota State, working with wide receivers and running backs, and has actually also coached the offending

line and QBs throughout his almost two decades in the college ranks.While Grubb has actually never worked in the NFL, Macdonald said during his introductory news conference that NFL play-calling experience isn’t a requirement for his offensive planner in Seattle.”It’s not near the top of the list, “Macdonald stated.”We’re looking for the ideal person to come in here and develop this thing, so we want somebody that’s unbiased, that has a development state of mind, that can get in touch with their players and construct a system that’s distinct to the Seattle Seahawks, that’s going to live here a very long time and he’s going to be the one spear-heading it.” The Seahawks had asked for an interview for their offensive planner vacancy with Detroit Lions passing game coordinator Tanner Engstrand, according to the MMQB. Previous UCLA coach Chip Kelly and previous Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson were likewise among their interviews, sources informed ESPN. The New York Giants obstructed their request to speak to offending coordinator

Mike Kafka, who had previously interviewed twice for Seattle’s head-coaching vacancy.ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.

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