For some time now it has been speculated that Travis Jones would be named the Seattle Seahawks' new defensive line coach. Jones replaces Todd Wash, who recently made a lateral move to the Jacksonville Jaguars when Gus Bradley was named the team's new head coach.
Being named the defensive line coach (via NFL.com) in Seattle allows Jones to carry a title he hasn't had the privilege of carrying before. Since entering the professional coaching ranks in 2005, he has been an assistant defensive line coach, a linebackers coach and a defensive ends coach.
Most recently he was employed by the New Orleans Saints as the assistant defensive line coach, and had been in that position with the Saints since 2008. During his five-year tenure in New Orleans, the Saints averaged 31.8 sacks a season, placing them in line with the league average or a bit below, depending on the year.
But ultimately it goes beyond stats; it's about the relationship he will potentially have with the rest of the defensive coaching staff and his ability to help members of the defensive line hone their crafts. Newly appointed defensive coordinator Dan Quinn had this to say about Jones (via Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com):
Travis really gets it when it comes to the defensive line. We’re really fortunate to have him here. For us to have worked so closely together and then to have stayed in touch through the years and talked about guys, I couldn’t be more thrilled knowing here’s a guy who sees it exactly like I do.
Just like anything else in life, the right situation often provides the right opportunities. And, for Jones, this may be a stepping stone to something bigger given Seattle's recent success on the defensive side of the ball.
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