Seattle defensive line coach and assistant head coach Clint Hurtt will be promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2022 season. Hurtt, 43, has been with the Seahawks since the 2017 season and has been defensive line coach and assistant line coach that entire time. He will be replacing Ken Norton Jr., who was let go after four seasons as the Seahawks defensive coordinator. This will be Hurtt’s first time as a coordinator.
Before joining the Seahawks, Hurtt worked with Donatell in Chicago in 2015 and 2016 when the former was the outside linebackers coach while the latter coached defensive backs. Desai was also on the Bears defensive coaching staff as a defensive quality control coach those two years with both Donatell and Hurtt, and Hurtt and Desai worked together in Chicago in 2014 as well when the former was an assistant defensive line coach.
Prior to joining the Bears in 2014, Hurtt spent 13 years in the collegiate ranks coaching 14 NFL Draft picks during that time. From 2010-13, he worked as Louisville’s defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator, adding the title of associate head coach from 2011-13.
Hurtt came to Louisville from Miami, his alma mater, where he worked as the team’s defensive line coach from 2006-09, adding the title of recruiting coordinator in 2007. It was his second stint at his alma mater after beginning his coaching career as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach from 2001-02 before working as a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes from 2003-04. In between stints at Miami, Hurtt spent the 2005 season at Florida International University as the Golden Panthers defensive line coach.
Hurtt was a three-year letterman at Miami (1997, 1999-2000) before his career ended prior to the 2001 season due to injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is promoting Hurtt and bringing in Donatell with hopes to incorporate Fangio’s system into his own as the Seahawks attempt to revive a defense that finished 28th in the NFL in yards allowed in 2021.