Todd Wash's shared history with Gus Bradley in Monte Kiffin's Tampa Bay defense made him a natural hire for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.
Wash, announced Tuesday as the Seahawks' defensive line coach, broke into the NFL with Tampa Bay when Kiffin was the Bucs' defensive coordinator in 2007. Bradley coached the Bucs' linebackers when Wash was coaching their defensive line.
Kiffin and Carroll were together with the Minnesota Vikings in the 1980s. Carroll referenced their shared coaching lineage when explaining why he retained Bradley as defensive coordinator from the Seahawks' previous staff.
Wash replaces Dan Quinn, who left to become defensive coordinator at Florida. Wash was the Bucs' defensive line coach for the past three seasons. He was a quality control coach in 2007.
The Bucs' defensive line struggled in 2010.
In November, NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas offered the following thoughts when asked whether the team should fire Wash:
The Bucs are 5-3 and you’re talking about firing assistant coaches? Give it some time and try to be realistic. The Bucs drafted defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price with their first two draft picks and second-year pro Roy Miller has been one of the starting defensive tackles. Price got hurt. McCoy hasn’t been dominant, but it’s not realistic to expect him to be dominant right off the bat. Besides that, he’s got nothing around him.
The Bucs probably have the league’s worst set of defensive ends. They knew coming in that defensive end was not a position of strength and I’m sure that position will be addressed in the offseason. I can’t put the blame on a coach when he’s got nothing to work with. His job the rest of this season is to keep working on McCoy. Next season, the Bucs can bring in help at defensive end and McCoy should take a big step forward.
I don't know much about Wash. The Seahawks thought highly of Quinn, enough so that Carroll held him over from the previous staff.
Seattle also announced that assistant secondary coach Kris Richard would coach cornerbacks, and defensive quality control coach Rocky Seto would coach safeties. They replace secondary coach Jerry Gray, who left for a job at the University of Texas.
Richard played for the Seahawks. He and Seto came to Seattle with Carroll from USC last offseason.