Seahawks name Travis Jones D-line coach, add four other assistants

By Matt Rybaltowski | CBSSports.com

The Seattle Seahawks named Travis Jones as the team's defensive line coach and Nick Sorensen as assistant special teams coach on Wednesday.

Jones, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant defensive line coach with the Saints, also served in the same capacity with the Dolphins (2005-07) alongside current Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. As a defensive lineman at the University of Georgia, Jones served as a team captain during his senior season in 1994.

Jones began his coaching career in 1997 as a graduate assistant/defensive line at his alma mater before moving on to Appalachian State (1998-00), Kansas (2001-02) and LSU (2003-04), where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.

"Travis is an outstanding coach," Quinn said. "He's got energy out on the practice field and is a good teacher. I've always thought he did an excellent job in preparing his guys. We are fortunate to have him here and I couldn't be more thrilled knowing he's a guy who sees it exactly like I do."

Sorensen spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a safety with the Rams (2001-02), Jaguars (2003-06) and Browns (2007-10). In 131 games, Sorensen recorded 133 tackles on special teams. The Seahawks also named Dave Canales assistant quarterbacks/offensive quality control coach, Nate Carroll offensive assistant and Marquand Manuel defensive assistant.

In 2012, the Seattle defense ended the regular season ranked fourth in passing defense and fourth overall. The Seahawks have drawn heavy interest from gamblers wagering on future bets for Super Bowl XLVIII over the last week, according to MGM Resorts International.

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