Thursday, August 5, 2010
Dan Morgan among familiar faces in camps
By Mike Sando
News that former St. Louis Rams great Isaac Bruce had joined the Chicago Bears as a coaching intern made sense because Bruce's former coach, Mike Martz, is the offensive coordinator in Chicago.
Bruce isn't the only former NFC West player assisting teams as they hold training camps.
I saw a familiar face working as a personnel assistant in Arizona Cardinals camp. It was former Cardinals and Seahawks running back Josh Scobey, known as a fearless player on special teams. My first impression in speaking with Scobey was that he seemed to have matured quite a bit since his playing days. He was excited for the opportunity to remain close to the game without putting his body on the line.
Also in Cardinals camp, former NFL punter Chris Gardocki is helping special-teams coach Kevin Spencer.
Dan Morgan, former Pro Bowl linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, is coaching with the Seattle Seahawks. Morgan and new Seahawks assistant pro personnel director Trent Kirchner were in Carolina together for years. Seattle now has two former Pro Bowl linebackers lending expertise to the position (Ken Norton Jr. being the other).
Seahawks fans might also recall former safety Harold Blackmon, who played nine games for the team in 2001 and 2002. He's a minority coaching intern with the St. Louis Rams.