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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Seahawks' personnel moves reflect success

By Mike Sando

A successful three-year run under general manager John Schneider has led to promotions in the Seattle Seahawks’ scouting department.

Tag Ribary goes from pro personnel director to overseeing team security, football video, facility and equipment departments, the team announced. Trent Kirchner replaces Ribary after serving as assistant pro personnel director. Dan Morgan, the former Carolina Panthers linebacker, goes from pro scout into Kirchner’s former job.

Four of the players Seattle drafted since Schneider’s arrival in 2010 have achieved Pro Bowl status. That figure ranks tied with Cincinnati for the NFL lead. Among the Pro Bowlers for Seattle: 2010 first-rounders Russell Okung and Earl Thomas, 2010 fifth-rounder Kam Chancellor and 2012 third-rounder Russell Wilson. Richard Sherman, a fifth-round choice in 2011, has earned All-Pro honors at cornerback.

On the pro side, Seattle acquired top contributors such as Marshawn Lynch and Chris Clemons at bargain prices. The team also recouped value for Aaron Curry, a disappointing first-round choice inherited from the Seahawks’ previous leadership. Most recently, Seattle acquired Percy Harvin by trade before signing Cliff Avril, among others, in free agency.

In other moves announced by the Seahawks, Josh Graff goes from scouting intern to national scout overseeing the Carolinas Region.

Jim Nagy joins the Seahawks as an area scout from the Kansas City Chiefs. Nagy replaces 22-year Seahawks scouting veteran Derrick Jensen. Jensen, who played for the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s, has been battling ALS. The team announced his departure during the 2013 draft and honored him by having him make the team’s final two selections.

These moves should promote continuity under Schneider, who has worked alongside coach Pete Carroll to overhaul the roster. The Seahawks have won a playoff game in two of their first three seasons together.