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Special Teams Player of the Month for September after averaging 48.3 yards per punt with a 43.3 net avg. and landing seven of his 12 punts inside the 20. Seattle’s special teams showcased its strong coverage units and reliable kicking game during 2013’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship season. Kicker Hauschka had a career-year converting 33 of 35 fi eld goals (Seahawks single-season record .943) for a club-record 143 kicker points. He also converted 22 consecutive fi eld goals, the second-longest streak in franchise history. Seattle’s punt coverage unit allowed only 25 yards through the fi rst 15 games, on track to set the NFL record for a 16-game season, but came up just shy of that record, settling for 82 return yards and second place. Special teams played a major role in the Super Bowl. Missing the majority of the season, Percy Harvin returned and took the second-half opening kick 87 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead to propel Seattle to the title. In 2012, Seattle’s special teams unit excelled in all phases and set records in the process. Schneider’s unit scored on a blocked punt, kickoff return, muffed punt and blocked fi eld goal during the season. The blocked fi eld goal vs. San Francisco was returned 90 yards, the third-longest fi eld goal block return in NFL history. Kick returner Leon Washington led the NFC (2nd NFL) with a 29.0 kickoff return average and tied the NFL record with his eighth-career kickoff return for a touchdown coming at Miami. Ryan set the franchise mark with a 40.8 net average and became just the third punter in NFL history to average 60-plus yards per punt in a single game (4 for 240 vs. New England). Hauschka also set a franchise mark making at least one fi eld goal in 14 consecutive games (2011-12). Schneider’s kickers were again a strong unit in 2011. Punter Ryan continued his consistent play, breaking his own club record for highest punting average in a season (46.6) and leading the NFL with a career-high 34 punts landing inside the 20, tying for the second-most in Seattle history. Working with new kicker in Hauschka, he converted 25 of 30 fi eld goals on the season, tied the franchise mark and set a career-high with fi ve made fi eld goals vs. Baltimore and holds the club mark for longest fi eld goal attempt (61). In his fi rst season, Seattle’s special teams were one of the top units in the NFL. Schneider’s schemes helped Washington become a second-team AP All-Pro kick returner and helped the team to rank third in the NFL with an average drive start at the 30.2 yard line. The Seahawks also excelled in kick coverage, as they ranked fi fth in the NFL with opponents starting at their own 24.6 yard line. Washington tied for the league-lead with three kickoff return touchdowns and became the fi rst player in NFL history to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in two different seasons (2007). He became the 10th player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game. Those two returns, 101 and 99 yards, helped him become the third player in NFL history with two touchdowns of 99-plus yards in the same game. His individual kickers won Special Teams Player of the Week awards with Olindo Mare earning Week 7 honors after connecting on a Seahawks-record fi ve fi eld goals vs. Arizona. Mare also set a Seahawks record with 30 consecutive made fi eld goals that also tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. Ryan had 27 punts inside the 20 and his 27:1 inside the 20 to touchback ratio led the NFL. Schneider coached special teams in Oakland for two seasons (2007-08). In both seasons, Shane Lechler led the NFL in punting and was named to the Pro Bowl. In 2006, he handled special teams and tight ends at Iowa State. He then moved briefl y to the Air Force Academy in early 2007 before being hired by the Raiders that season. He moved to UCLA for three seasons (2003-05), working with the linebackers and safeties in addition to the special teams. Maurice Jones-Drew led the nation in punt returns in 2005. Schneider began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Colorado State, for three years (1994- 96), working with the special teams and defense. He then was promoted as a full-time assistant for the next six seasons (1997-2002), as the special teams coordinator and coaching the tight ends. He was a four-year (1990-93) letter-winning linebacker at Colorado State, starting three seasons and earning All-Conference fi rst-team honors as a senior in 1993. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from Colorado State in 1994. Schneider starred in football, basketball and track at Pomona High in Arvada, Colo. He was born on May 16, 1971. Schneider and his wife, Kelli, have a daughter, Jaden, and three sons, Jace, Joby, and Joel. ROCKY SETO ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSE SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR Hired on February 4, 2010, in a quality control/defense role, former USC linebacker Rocky Seto joined the NFL coaching ranks after 11 seasons at USC. On January 18, 2011, he was promoted to assist Kris Richard with the defensive backs, with his focus on the safeties group. On February 14, 2012, he was named the defensive passing game coordinator and on February 10, 2015, he was promoted to his current role. In collaboration with Richard, Seto will work to devise game plans for the top defense in the NFL. During his time, S Earl Thomas has become a fi ve-time Pro Bowler and three-time fi rst-team AP All-Pro, CB Richard Sherman a three-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro (three fi rst-team, one second-team selection) and S Kam Chancellor 58


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