Original Seahawk Sherman Smith joins Pete Carroll's coaching staff | NFL
Sherman Smith was an original Seahawk, joining the franchise for its inaugural season of 1976. He was the team's leading rusher its first four seasons.
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Sherman Smith will join Pete Carroll's staff as the running-backs coach, according to The Washington Post, which would give the Seahawks' rebuilding project a part of the franchise's original foundation.
Smith was an original Seahawk, joining the franchise for its inaugural season of 1976. He was the team's leading rusher its first four seasons. He played seven seasons in Seattle and ranks sixth on the franchise's career rushing chart with 3,429 yards.
Smith was the offensive coordinator in Washington the past two years under Jim Zorn. Smith was told last week he would not be retained by new coach Mike Shanahan in Washington.
Smith interviewed with Carroll in Seattle on Thursday. Before going to Washington in 2008, Smith coached 13 seasons for the Titans.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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