How big of a loss would QB coach Dave Canales be for Seahawks?

Feb 2, 2023, 7:43 AM
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Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks prepares for a snap against the New York Jets on January 01, 2023. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks are in danger of losing one of Pete Carroll’s most trusted assistants as quarterbacks coach Dave Canales is reportedly set to have a second interview with the Baltimore Ravens for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

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Canales, 41, has been with Carroll since 2009 when they were at USC. That year, Canales was an assistant strength coach. But when Carroll took the Seahawks head coaching job in 2010, Canales followed the veteran coach north on the West Coast and served as wide receivers coach from 2010-17, quarterbacks coach in 2018 and 2019, passing game coordinator in 2020 and 2021 and then QB coach again this past season.

Canales has been a big part of Seattle’s success over the years, and he’s been credited for helping Geno Smith have a Pro Bowl season in 2022.

So how big of a loss would it be for the Seahawks if Canales heads out east to run the Ravens’ offense?

While he doesn’t think losing Canales would be as big of a blow as losing offensive line coach Andy Dickerson, former NFL quarterback Brock Huard explained what that would mean for the Seahawks during Wednesday’s Brock and Salk on Seattle Sports 710 AM.

“Dave Canales has done a little bit of everything for Pete over the last decade-plus … He’s worn different hats,” Huard said. “And ultimately you understand my Baltimore’s making this move, right? They want (quarterback) Lamar Jackson back, they’re gonna put the exclusive franchise on him and they want a guy, relationally, to connect with that guy in a way that (the Seahawks) did with Geno and make (Jackson) his very best.”

Canales is “a positive guy,” Huard said, and he thinks the young coach is very similar to Carroll in that way.

“He’s Pete Carroll minus 25 years,” he said. “I know Dave, I know his family a little bit. I mean, you talk about just treat people the right way, build people up, be an encourager, just all of those things. So it’s not a surprise to see him get a second interview.”

So ultimately, what would losing Canales mean for Carroll and the Seahawks?

“Well, tell me what the QB room in Seattle looks like next year. I think that probably is important to how big of a blow it is,” Huard said. “He’s not the play caller (in Seattle) … so he’s gonna have a learning curve (if he leaves for Baltimore), but that’s all about relationships and trust and getting the best out of people.”

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