One of Russell Wilson‘s former backups will become his position coach. The Seahawks are promoting Austin Davis to quarterbacks coach, Albert Breer of SI.com tweets.
Davis joined Seattle’s staff last year, spending the 2019 season as an offensive assistant. This will mark a notable rise for the 30-year-old ex-quarterback, who is six months younger than Wilson. Davis had drawn interest from other teams, per Breer, so the Seahawks will elevate him.
The Seahawks will promote their former QBs coach, Dave Canales, to passing-game coordinator, Breer adds. So while Canales will certainly still have significant input, Davis’ influence will grow.
Canales, 38, has been with the Seahawks throughout Pete Carroll‘s tenure, coaching Seattle’s wideouts from 2010-17 and overseeing the QB group for the past two seasons.
Davis was on an NFL roster as recently as last year, when the Titans cut him. He spent over a year with the Seahawks, who signed him in 2017. His most notable NFL work came with the Rams, with whom he started eight games in 2014. But like fellow former backup quarterback Kellen Moore in Dallas, Davis’ star is on the rise as a coach.