‘Hawks Go Macdonald
Seahawks Make Big Commitment to New Head Coach
The Seattle Seahawks are bringing in one of football’s top defensive minds as their new head coach.
According to ESPN, Seattle is finalizing a deal with Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald.
A youth movement in Seattle: Seahawks are expected to hire Ravens’ defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as their new head coach, league sources tell ESPN. They’re still finalizing the deal, but Seattle has its man.
At 36, Macdonald now becomes the NFL’s youngest head coach. pic.twitter.com/uZ3vbXTS4n
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2024
Seattle now goes from the oldest head coach in the league in Pete Carroll, 73, to the youngest in Macdonald, 36.
In two seasons under Macdonald’s watch, the Ravens defense put forth a historically great unit.
Despite entering the season undermanned at certain positions, 2023 saw them give up the least amount of points per game (16.5) and recorded a league high 60 sacks and 31 takeaways, the first defense in NFL history to lead in all three categories.
Joining the Ravens organization in 2014 as a coaching intern, Macdonald has spent his entire career in Baltimore with the exception of a brief stint as Michigan’s DC in 2021, where he turned around a previously struggling Wolverine defense into a playoff team.
Macdonald is known for breaking down protections in a way that does not leave voids in coverages, often using simulated pressures.
Much like the predecessor Carroll, who was in charge of Seattle from 2010-23, the Seahawks are making a big commitment to Macdonald according to NFL Network.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 31, 2024
Seven of the eight vacant head coaching positions have now been filled. The Philadelphia Eagles’ NFC East rival Washington Commanders remain the only team without one after reportedly being spurred by Detroit Lions OC Ben Johnson.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.