June 14, 2024

$110 Million Coach a Sleeper to Take Seahawks Job, Says Ex-Seattle QB

The Seattle Seahawks have begun the interview process for the team’s next head coach and so far the candidates have

been the usual NFL suspects. Yet, when the Seahawks landed Pete Carroll it was from an ordinary hire.

Now, rumors are swirling that Seattle could go back to the USC well and target Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley. Seattle Sports’ Brock Huard (also a former Seahawks quarterback) labeled Riley as a sleeper candidate if general manager John Schneider wants to make an “unconventional” hire.

“Well, look at all the coaches who’ve been fired: Pete, defensive guy. Ron Rivera, defensive guy. They’re all defensive guys,” the analyst explained during a January 11, 2024 episode of “Brock and Salk.” “The most unconventional would be Lincoln Riley.”

“… If you were just to say, ‘Who’s the most brilliant offensive mind and schemer and game planner and playcaller going?’ Lincoln Riley’s on that list. He’s really, really good.”

USC Head Coach Lincoln Riley Signed an $110 Million Contract With the Trojans: Report

Seattle would likely need to break the bank for Riley to be willing to make the jump from college football to the NFL. Riley has a $110 million contract with the Trojans which includes unlimited jet access for his family.

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Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer believes it is not that farfetched that Riley would have an interest in the Seahawks gig. So far the other candidates the Seahawks have requested interviews with (at least publicly) are all NFL coaches.


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