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Washington tied for the league-lead with three kickoff return touchdowns and became the first 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 five field goals vs. Arizona. Mare also set a Seahawks record with 30 consecutive made field 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 briefly 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 first-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. CARL SMITH QUARTERBACKS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 28TH YEAR Hired on February 1, 2011, Carl Smith re-unites with Pete Carroll and brings 27 years of NFL experience to the Seahawks staff, previously spending two years as the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach (2009-10). It was his second stint with Cleveland after originally joining the club from 2001-03 in the same capacity. Over the last five seasons, Smith has mentored Russell Wilson to become one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, winning Super Bowl XLVIII as the third-youngest starting quarterback while continuing as the NFL’s winningest quarterback to begin a career with 64 victories (regular and postseason) and rank fourth in NFL history with 127 touchdown passes in his first five seasons, trailing only Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Wilson became the first player in NFL history to have a 100.0 passer rating in each of his first two seasons in the league. He broke his franchise record (101.2 rating in 2013) with an NFL-leading 110.1 passer rating in 2015. Despite multiple injuries in 2016, Wilson led Seattle to another double-digit win season while setting career-highs in attempts (546), completions (franchise-record 353) and yards (franchise-record 4,219). He has never missed a game, starting 92 (80 regular season, 12 postseason). He finished 2015 in unprecedented fashion, ending his last seven games with a 132.8 rating and becoming the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 24 touchdowns and have one or zero interceptions in a seven-game span in a single-season. He became the first player in NFL history with 4,000 passing yards, 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a single-season. He set career-highs in completion percentage (franchiserecord 68.1), touchdowns (franchise-record 34) and passer rating (franchise-record and NFL-leading 110.1) in 2015. In 2014, Wilson became the first player in NFL history to record a 300-100 game, with 313 passing yards and 106 rushing yards at St. Louis, and turned in the fifth-best season in NFL history for rushing yards by a quarterback (849). In 2012, Smith’s training camp opened with a three-man race for the starting job with Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Wilson battling for the top spot. Throughout the process, it was Wilson’s development, maturation and leadership at the position that would lead Seattle in to the regular season. The NFL’s third-ranked rushing attack allowed Wilson a comfort level to excel in the offense and he would go on to end the season as the league’s fourth-ranked passer with a 100.0 passer rating, tie (Peyton Manning) the NFL rookie-record with 26 touchdown passes, set the NFL rookie-record with three consecutive games with a 125-plus passer rating, and set other NFL and franchise records, including his 64.12 completion percentage ranking third in NFL history for a rookie quarterback. With the help of a consistent ground game over the lasthalf of the 2011 season, Smith helped Jackson to career-highs in attempts (450), completions (271), yards (3,091), completion percentage (60.2, min. 290 att.) and touchdowns (14), in compiling a 7-7 record as a starter. Of Smith’s 27 years as an NFL assistant, 13 have been spent as an offensive coordinator, last leading the Jacksonville Jaguars offense from 2005-06. In 2006, Jacksonville’s offense ranked 10th in the league and third overall in rushing with an ASSISTANT COACHES 60


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