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He set career-highs in attempts (483), completions (329), completion percentage (franchise-record 68.1), yards (singleseason franchise record 4,024), touchdowns (single-season franchise record 34) and passer rating (franchise-record and NFL-leading 110.1) last season. In 2014, Wilson became the fi rst 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 fi fth-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 26 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 average of 158.8 yards per game. In 2005, the Jaguars scored 361 points, 100 more than the previous season, and compiled a 12-4 record. Smith worked with Carroll in 2004 at USC, where he mentored Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and helped USC win the national championship. For 31 of his last 34 seasons, Smith has been an assistant at the professional level, beginning with three years (1983-85) with the Phila delphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL. The Stars won the league title his fi nal two seasons. He entered the NFL coaching arena with New Orleans in 1986, serving as its offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the next 11 seasons. During that time, the franchise recorded its fi rst-ever winning season, earned its fi rst playoff berth, won its fi rst division title and qualifi ed for the postseason on four occasions. Smith and Carroll worked together in New England from 1997-99. Under his watch in 1997, Drew Bledsoe completed more than 60 percent of his passes, threw for more than 3,700 yards and set career-highs in touchdown passes (28) and passer rating (87.7) as he was voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. Prior to the NFL, Smith was an assistant at the collegiate level for 12 seasons, with the fi nal six as an offensive coordinator. Smith and Carroll fi rst worked together in 1982 at North Carolina State when Smith was the offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach and Carroll was defensive coordinator/ secondary coach. Smith lettered in football as a defensive back at Cal Poly- SLO from 1969-70 after transferring from Bakersfi eld College where he played quarterback from 1966-67. He earned his bachelor’s (1971) and master’s (1972) degrees in physical education from Cal-Poly SLO, as well as a teaching credential. Born on April 26, 1948, in Wasco, Calif., Smith and his wife, Dianne, have three sons, Tracy, Tyler and Nicholas, and a grandson, Troy. SHERMAN SMITH RUNNING BACKS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 22ND YEAR An original Seahawk, Smith returns to his NFL roots to continue his NFL coaching career. Hired to coach running backs on February 4, 2010, he returns to Seattle where he played for eight seasons. The Seahawks rushing attack leads the NFL since 2011 with 11,553 yards. Seattle’s rush offense fi nished in the top-fi ve for the fourthconsecutive season in 2015, ranking third with 141.8 yards per game. The season saw the emergence of rookie Thomas Rawls, who rushed for the second-most yards in franchise history with 209 yards on 30 carries vs. San Francisco, also breaking Curt Warner’s 1983 club record by a rookie (207 yards). In addition to his rushing total, he added 46 yards on three receptions and his 255 total yards from scrimmage are the seventh-most by a rookie in NFL history (third in Seahawks history), and most by an undrafted rookie. Seattle’s offense ranked in the top-10 for the fi rst time since 2007 during its run to Super Bowl XLIX in 2014, thanks to the no. 1-ranked rushing attacked that produced a franchiserecord 2,762 yards. A Pro Bowler for the fourth-consecutive season, Marshawn Lynch totaled a career-high 17 touchdowns in 2014 (career-high 13 rush, career-high four rec.) and added 1,306 yards on 280 carries. During Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship run in 2013, the Seahawks offense relied on the NFL’s fourth-ranked rushing offense (136.8 ypg) and Lynch. He totaled 14 touchdowns (12 rush, two rec.) and added 1,257 yards on 301 carries. ASSISTANT COACHES 63


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