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Rhodes hired as Seahawks' defensive coordinator

Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren filled a key staff vacancy on Wednesday, hiring much-respected Ray Rhodes as defensive coordinator, in a move that has been rumored for more than a week.

Updated: March 25, 2003, 2:51 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren filled a key staff vacancy on Wednesday, hiring much-respected Ray Rhodes as defensive coordinator, in a move that has been rumored for more than a week.

Rhodes, 52, resigned last month as Denver Broncos defensive coordinator. He replaces Steve Sidwell, who was part of a far-reaching defensive staff purge by Holmgren following the 2002 season.

"Ray is an excellent defensive football coach and has an impressive track record of improving defenses," ...

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