Seahawks expected to hire Alabama OC Ryan Grubb in same role

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Seahawks expected to hire Alabama OC Ryan Grubb in same role

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb in the same role, sources involved in the negotiations confirmed to The Athletic. ESPN was the first to report the news.

Grubb, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator during the team’s run to the national championship game in 2023, left the Huskies to join coach Kalen DeBoer’s staff as Alabama’s new OC. Now, Grubb won’t be going to Tuscaloosa, instead becoming a coordinator in the NFL for the first time in his coaching career.

Grubb is Mike MacDonald’s first offensive coordinator as the new Seahawks coach. Seattle hired the former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator to be the successor of Pete Carroll on Jan. 31. Macdonald spent the last two seasons running the Ravens’ defense, which finished the 2023 regular season ranked first in scoring and fourth in yards allowed. Baltimore ranked eighth and 12th in those categories in 2022.

With Grubb to Seattle, this marks the first time in DeBoer’s head coaching career that the two will not work together as head coach-offensive coordinator. For Alabama’s program, the next offensive coordinator hire will mark the fourth person to hold that position in the last 13 months (Bill O’Brien, Tommy Rees, Ryan Grubb).

What Alabama will be this fall won’t change too much as DeBoer, alongside Grubb, constructed the offense that’s been effective at every stop to date, most notably at Washington in 2022-23. The timing of Grubb’s departure creates an interesting situation for choosing his replacement — the college hiring cycle is virtually over in mid-February while the NFL cycle is more open as the league calendar isn’t up yet. DeBoer brought several coaches with him to Alabama from Washington including wide receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard, tight ends coach Nick Sheridan and offensive line coach Scott Huff. There’s also the possibility that Grubb could tab members from DeBoer’s newly constructed staff to bring with him to Seattle.

As it stood, Alabama was projected to have 10 full-time assistant coaches with Grubb, which did not include a special teams coach. The addition of Oklahoma special teams analyst Jay Nunez to the Alabama staff with Grubb’s departure opens up the possibility for DeBoer to assume coordinator duties and elevate Nunez to the full-time staff as special teams coordinator if he chooses, or allot that spot for another purpose.

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