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Seahawks hiring Packers assistant as linebackers coach

New Seahawks head coach Mike Macdonald is beginning to build up his staff. So far we have received reports that the team has hired Leslie Frazier as assistant head coach and Jay Harbaugh as special teams coordinator. Yesterday we got word of another new assistant coming in.

According to a report by Aaron Wilson, the team is hiring Packers assistant Kirk Olivadotti as their new linebackers coach. Olivadotti had served as Green Bay’s inside linebackers coach for the last five years and he knows Macdonald from their time coaching together at Georgia.

Olivadotti deserves a lot of credit for what he’s done with the Packers linebackers, especially De’Vondre Campbell. During his time with the Falcons he’d been an average linebacker at best and now he’s one of the best off-ball linebackers in the league. He improved particularly well in coverage, which is something that should have an obvious appeal for Seattle.

Speaking of which, it’s hard to say exactly what Olivadotti will get to work with for the Seahawks. On paper Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks and Devin Bush are a solid 1-2-3 for this group (certainly better than Green Bay’s), but all three are about to become free agents. In the draft we like NC State’s Payton Wilson, but it’s too early in the offseason to say just how much help they’re going to need at linebacker.

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