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a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time second-team All-Pro. Departed CB Brandon Browner was also a 2011 Pro Bowler while Sherman’s 26 interceptions in his fi rst fi ve seasons are tied for sixth all-time in NFL history. In 2015, the Seahawks secondary boasted three Pro Bowlers in Chancellor, Sherman and Thomas for the third-consecutive season as they helped Seattle rank second in total defense (291.8 ypg) and second in pass defense (210.3 ypg) in the NFL. On its run to Super Bowl XLIX, Seto helped Seattle’s secondary lead the league in passing defense for a second-consecutive year (185.6 ypg). It is this unit that propelled Seattle’s defense to one of the most dominant in NFL history and best in the last 12 seasons at the time. The Seahawks secondary shut down opposing offenses in helping Seattle rank fi rst in the NFL in passing defense (172.0 ypg), interceptions (28) and opposing quarterback passer rating (63.4). In Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory over Denver, Seattle’s secondary held Peyton Manning to 280 passing yards (340.3 avg. in regular season), a 73.5 passer rating (115.1 rating in regular season) and forced one interception (two total). Chancellor (93 tackles), Sherman (NFL-leading and career high tying eight interceptions) and Thomas (100 tackles and career-high tying fi ve interceptions) were voted to the Pro Bowl and named AP All-Pro. Sherman and Thomas were named to the fi rst-team for the second consecutive season, becoming the fourth and fi fth Seahawks players to earn back-to-back fi rstteam honors in franchise history. Finishing 2012 as the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense, Seattle was led by two fi rst-team All-Pro selections in Sherman and Pro Bowl starter Thomas in the secondary. Sherman led the team with a career-high eight interceptions (T2nd NFL) and NFL-leading 24 passes defensed while Thomas tallied 61 tackles (39 solo) and scored his second career touchdown (fi rst interception return touchdown) on a 57- yard return at Buffalo. Seto’s defensive backfi eld was one of the NFL’s most-improved, with three of its four starters playing in the Pro Bowl, with Thomas being selected as a starter. They totaled 17 of the team’s 22 interceptions, its most since the 2004 season. Led by the Pro Bowl tandem of Thomas and Chancellor, the two ranked second and third for most tackles on the team, combining for 186, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed. Seto was USC’s defensive coordinator/secondary coach in 2009, after three seasons coaching the secondary from 2006- 08, following two years of coaching the linebackers (2004-05). During his time, safety Taylor Mays was an All-American fi rst-teamer for three consecutive years, becoming just the fourth Trojan ever to be a three-time All-American, and he made his second consecutive All-Pac-10 fi rst team. In 2005, linebacker Rey Maualuga was a fresh man All- American fi rst-teamer, and in 2004, linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu were named All-American fi rst teamers. He spent two years (2001-02) as a Trojan graduate assistant, the fi rst year working with the defense in general and then handling the safeties in 2002 where he worked with All- American fi rst teamer and NFL fi rst-rounder Troy Polamalu. He spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as an administrative assistant with USC. He was a linebacker at USC for two seasons (1997-98) after transferring to USC from Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif., where he was a fullback and defensive end in 1995 and 1996. After spending 1997 as a walk-on, he earned a scholarship for the 1998 season. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from USC in 1999 after getting his associate’s degree in general studies from Mt. San Antonio in 1997. He then earned his master’s degree in public administration from USC in 2001. Born on March 12, 1976, Seto and his wife, Sharla, who attended Newport High in Bellevue, have two daughters, Kaylani and Mia, and two sons, Troy and Timothy. CARL SMITH QUARTERBACKS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 6TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 27TH YEAR Hired on February 1, 2011, Carl Smith re-unites with Pete Carroll and brings 26 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 four 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 53 victories (regular and postseason) and rank third in NFL history with 106 touchdown passes in his fi rst four seasons, trailing only Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. Wilson became the fi rst player in NFL history to have a 100.0 passer rating in each of his fi rst 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. He fi nished 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 fi rst player in NFL history with 4,000 yards, 30 touchdown passes and 500 rushing yards in a single-season. ASSISTANT COACHES 60


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