Seahawks expected to hire Ravens DC Mike Macdonald as NFL’s youngest coach: Sources

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to hire Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as their successor to Pete Carroll, league sources said Wednesday.

Macdonald, 36, will become the ninth full-time head coach in franchise history and the youngest head coach in the NFL, passing recently hired New England Patriots coach Jerod Mayo, 37.

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.

The Seahawks missed meeting with Macdonald during the first eligible window following Week 18 but were willing to wait to interview him. After the Ravens lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Seattle was permitted to meet with Macdonald. General manager John Schneider and others flew to Baltimore for an interview Tuesday, then brought Macdonald back to Seattle for a second meeting Wednesday.

The Seahawks had nine known candidates, according to reports, and conducted a second round of in-person interviews with six of them, including former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, who told teams Tuesday he would remain in Detroit for another year.

Macdonald has nine years of NFL coaching experience, all with the Ravens. He left the University of Georgia to join Baltimore as an intern in 2014, and held three different positions before going from John Harbaugh’s staff to his brother Jim Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan as defensive coordinator in 2021. He spent one year with the Wolverines before taking the same position with the Ravens.


Mike Macdonald lets the Ravens defense do his talking

Carroll’s 14-year tenure ended after the Seahawks finished the season 9-8 and out of the playoffs, as the sides mutually agreed to move him to an advisory role, although Carroll said he “competed hard” to remain the coach. Schneider was given final say on all football decisions for the first time since he was hired in 2010 and said he wanted to hire a coach who could maintain the team’s culture while pushing for championship contention.

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