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Ken Norton Jr., Mike Solari joins the Seattle Seahawks staff



Changes in the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff continued on Monday, and the team is expected to hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator and Mike Solari as offensive. Line coach, sources told ESPN.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Norton is replacing Kris Richard, who is not expected to return to Seattle after serving on the team's team of coaches for the past eight seasons, including the last three as defensive coordinator. Previous reports indicated that Richard was not expected to return.

The San Francisco 49ers hired Norton last week, but the team issued a statement from head coach Kyle Shanahan on Monday that indicated he allowed Norton to go to another unspecified coordinator position.

"Last week, Ken had the opportunity to coordinate once again a defense," the statement said. "Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to remain in the position."

[19659000] KING TV in Seattle reported that Seattle is hiring Norton while the NFL Network reported for the first time Solari hiring. Those moves come amid the expectation that Seattle will hire Brian Schottenheimer as its offensive coordinator, according to Schefter. Schottenheimer replaces Darrell Bevell while Solari replaces Tom Cable. Bevell and Cable were fired last week after seven seasons each with the Seahawks.

With Norton and Solari, the Seahawks are coming to their past to remake their coaching staff. Norton was the team's linebackers coach from 2010 to 2014, having followed coach Pete Carroll to Seattle from USC. He left to become the defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in 2015 when, in essence, he was rejected by that position in Seattle in favor of Richard, who assumed that position when Dan Quinn became head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Norton was fired in November, while the Raiders defense ranked 26th in the NFL.

Solari was the Seattle offensive line coach in 2008 under Mike Holmgren and 2009 under Jim L. Mora. He left in 2010 when Carroll replaced Mora and coached the 49ers offensive line from 2010 to 2014. He served that role in the last two seasons with the New York Giants after being the assistant of the Green Bay Packers offensive line at 2015. [19659012]
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