The news has been known for quite some time, but the Seattle Seahawks made their hiring of Travis Jones as their new defensive line coach official on Friday.
Jones got his NFL coaching career started back in 2005 with the Miami Dolphins, where he coached alongside newly-hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Jones spent the last five years as an assistant defensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints, during which time their defenses averaged 31.8 sacks per season. Throughout his time in the league, Jones has also held the titles of linebackers coach and defensive ends coach.
Now with the Seahawks, Jones will replace Todd Wash, who made a lateral move to join the Jacksonville Jaguars and their new head coach Gus Bradley. Although Wash was seen as a terrific defensive line coach, there is a lot of excitement within the organization about what Jones will bring to the table.
“Travis really gets it when it comes to the defensive line,” Quinn told Seahawks.com. “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.”
With the tremendous amount of talent that the Seahawks have along the defensive line, it won’t be long before Jones’ name starts popping up on lists of potential defensive coordinators. For now, though, he’ll help young players like Bruce Irvin make the most of their potential as premier defensive linemen.