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ASSISTANT COACHES to his current position on March 16, 2017. In 2016, Cliff Avril set a career-high with 11.5 sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, while linemate Michael Bennett made the Pro Bowl for the secondconsecutive season. Second-year end Frank Clark also recorded double-digit sacks (career-high 10.0) helping the Seahawks rank third in the NFL with 42.0 sacks. In 2015, Seattle ranked first in rushing defense allowing a franchise-record low 1,304 yards for the second-consecutive season (81.5 ypg), while Bennett set a career-high with 10.0 sacks. On its way to Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle’s line aided the no. 1-ranked defense by ranking third overall in rushing defense allowing only 81.5 ypg. The unit also ranked second in the NFL in opponent rushing yards per attempt (3.4), despite the loss of stalwart Brandon Mebane midseason. Jones’ Super Bowl XLVIII-winning defensive line was one of the deepest positions on the squad in 2013. Veterans Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Mebane were joined by free agent additions Avril, Bennett and Tony McDaniel to improve Seattle’s pass rush, always a priority in Pete Carroll’s defense. Seattle ranked tied for eighth in the NFL with 44.0 sacks, the most in Carroll’s four seasons as coach, as Bennett led the team with 8.5 sacks. In 2009 with the Saints, defensive end Will Smith enjoyed his finest season as he ranked fifth in the NFL with 13.0 sacks, while the trio of Sedrick Ellis, Anthony Hargrove and Remi Ayodele provided a solid pass rush on the interior line that played an important role in its Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis. Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Jones spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, his first year as assistant defensive line coach and his final two seasons tutoring the outside linebackers and defensive ends. During his Dolphins tenure, the line recorded 92.0 sacks. Defensive end Jason Taylor was selected to the Pro Bowl each year and was named the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Dolphins ranked second in the league in sacks in 2005 and third in 2006. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia, in 1997 as a graduate assistant/defensive line before moving on to Appalachian State (1998-00), Kansas (2001-02) and LSU (2003-04), where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator for the Tigers. At LSU, Jones coached a defensive front that featured defensive tackle Chad Lavalais, a consensus All-American, finalist for the Nagurski and Lombardi Awards and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Following the 2003 BCS National Championship season, Lavalais and defensive end Marquise Hill were both selected in the NFL Draft. Defensive End Marcus Spears was also named All-SEC in 2003, a consensus All-American in 2004 and a first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005. Jones was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs (1990- 92, 94) as a defensive lineman and served as team captain as a senior, playing one season with the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL in 1995 following graduation. He earned his master’s degree in 1998. Born on June 6, 1972 in Irwinton, Ga., for the last 11 years Jones has held a football camp for youngsters in central Georgia that teaches the fundamentals of football, sportsmanship and the importance of goal-setting to serve them on and off the field. Jones and his wife, Melody, have three children, Kennedi, Averi and Mason. PAT MCPHERSON TIGHT ENDS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 8TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 20TH YEAR Named to his position on February 4, 2010, McPherson joined Seattle after 11 years with the Denver Broncos, most recently serving as their tight ends coach from 2007-08. Before being named to that position, he spent four years (2003-06) as quarterbacks coach for the Broncos and also served as an offensive assistant (1999-2002) and defensive assistant (1998). In 2016, he helped Jimmy Graham return from a torn patellar tendon and turn in a Pro Bowl season as he ranked second on the team with 65 receptions for 923 yards with six touchdowns. It was Graham’s fourth trip to the annual all-star game. Graham joined McPherson’s group in 2015 but saw his season cut short after 11 games and 48 receptions for 605 yards and two touchdowns. In their Super Bowl XLVIII winning season, Zach Miller and Luke Willson combined for 53 receptions for 659 and six touchdowns, with a career-high tying five coming from Miller. In 2012, Miller and Anthony McCoy each had three touchdowns while Miller hauled in 38 passes for 396 yards and McCoy had career-highs in catches (18), yards (291) and touchdowns. In Denver, McPherson’s promotion to quarterbacks coach in 2003 coincided with the Broncos signing of Jake Plummer. Plummer’s 39-15 regular-season record (.722) from 2003-06 with McPherson as his position coach marked the fourth-best winning percentage among all NFL signal callers. In addition, Plummer concluded his career with Denver as its all-time leader in passer rating (84.3). In 2004, Plummer set a Broncos single-season record for passing yards (4,089) while tying the team’s record for most touchdown passes (27) in a season and directing the AFC’s No. 3 pass offense (249.9 ypg). Additionally, the signal-caller posted 499 passing yards against the Falcons (10/31/04) for the highest single-game total in franchise history. Plummer took his game to new levels under McPherson 56


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