This year’s defensive coordinator carousel has increased Aden Durde‘s profile. The Cowboys assistant remains in the running for a promotion but has also entered the mix for yet another DC job elsewhere.
The Seahawks have discussed their DC role with Durde, according to ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler. This makes five teams to have placed Durde on their DC radar this offseason. The Falcons, Packers and Rams considered Durde for their jobs, though each NFC team has gone in a different direction.
Dallas and Seattle are the only two teams with coordinator jobs still available. Dan Quinn‘s departure for Washington frees up the Dallas job, while the Seahawks are still looking for OC and DC staffers. The two jobs will differ, however. Mike Macdonald is set to call defensive plays for the Seahawks, whereas Mike McCarthy‘s team needs a play-caller on that side of the ball.
Durde, 44, came into this offseason having never interviewed for an NFL DC post. But he has presided over one of the NFL’s highest-profile position groups during the 2020s. Micah Parsons‘ emergence, despite the Cowboys stopping short of labeling their impact pass rusher as a full-time D-lineman, has elevated the group’s stature. Durde has worked with DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler as well.
Hailing from England, Durde has been an NFL assistant since 2018. He worked under Quinn in Atlanta for three years and joined Joe Whitt in following Quinn from Atlanta to Dallas in 2021. Quinn has chosen Whitt to be his defensive play-caller in Washington, and two higher-profile names — Ron Rivera and Mike Zimmer — are on the radar for the Cowboys gig. Durde, however, is the first confirmed interviewee for the Seattle job. The Seahawks are also interested in Chiefs D-line coach Joe Cullen for the role.
Seattle’s DC of the past two seasons, Clint Hurtt, has left to become the Eagles’ D-line coach under Vic Fangio. Steadily declining since the Legion of Boom’s late-2010s split, the Seahawks’ defense ranked 25th in points allowed in each of Hurtt’s two seasons in charge. Macdonald and his to-be-determined top lieutenant will make efforts to improve that standing.