Report: Seahawks to bring back Ken Norton Jr

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The Seahawks are expected to bring back Ken Norton Jr. as the new defensive coordinator, according to a report Monday afternoon from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

"With Kris Richard likely out, the Seahawks are expected to turn to Ken Norton Jr as defensive coordinator, sources say," Garafolo tweeted. "All indications are he'll be back in Seattle, where he was the team's LB coach from 2010-14."

Norton was hired as the San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach on Jan. 8. He spent 2015-17 with the Oakland Raiders as the defensive coordinator.

According to Garafolo, Norton has a clause in his contract with the 49ers allowing him to leave and become Seattle's defensive coordinator.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area tweeted the following statement from 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan:

"Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position."

Seattle last week fired offensive line coach Tom Cable and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Multiple reports indicate that Seattle is expected to hire Brian Schottenheimer to replace Bevell.

Garafolo reports that Seattle is planning to hire Mike Solari to replace Cable as O-line coach. Most recently with the New York Giants, Solari coached the Seattle O-line from 2008-09.

Seattle's current defensive coordinator, Kris Richard, interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts head coach job though he's not reportedly considered to be one of the top candidates to land the position.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Richard "would be allowed out of his contract for another opportunity," suggesting that head coach Carroll is subtly pushing Richard out the door.

Richard spent three seasons (2012-14) as defensive backs coach, then was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015 when Dan Quinn left to be head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Seattle's defenses weren't as statistically dominant under Richard as they were under the guidance of Gus Bradley and Quinn, though the units were among the best in the league by most metrics. In a 2017 season plagued by injuries to key players, Seattle's defense ranked fifth in yards per play allowed (4.9), 11th in yards per game (323.2) and 13th in scoring defense (20.8).

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