Just one week after the 49ers hired Ken Norton Jr. as their assistant head coach/linebackers coach, the Seahawks hired him as their defensive coordinator. Norton Jr. signed a three-year deal with the Seahawks on Monday, according to Alex Rozier.
Here’s a statement from 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan: “Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position.”
Norton Jr. reunites with Pete Carroll, who coached Norton Jr. from 1995 to 1996 on the 49ers. Those two also coached together from 2004 to 2009 at USC, and from 2010 to 2014 with the Seahawks. Norton Jr. was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders the past three seasons.