Rocky Seto

Staff Notes: Cowboys, McClay, Saints, Welker

Several teams extended general manager interview requests to Cowboys executive Will McClay this offseason, but as he did last year, McClay resisted those overtures, according to Todd Archer of In 2016, McClay — whose official title is senior director of college and pro personnel — turned down an invite from the Lions, who ultimately hired Bob Quinn as GM. McClay wields a strong amount of influence in Dallas, but hasn’t ruled out leaving the club for another vacancy at some point down the line, per Archer.

Here’s more on the 2017 hiring cycle:

  • The Saints were interested in hiring former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley as their linebackers coach if he didn’t secure a defensive coordinator job this year, tweets Ian Rapoport of Bradley, one of the more respected defensive minds in the league, drew a wide swath of DC interest, as the Redskins, 49ers, and Chargers — who ultimately hired him — all interviewed him for their coordinator position. New Orleans, meanwhile, continues to interview candidates for its LBs coach vacancy.
  • Former NFL receiver Wes Welker is attending the Senior Bowl with the Texans‘ coaching staff, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today (Twitter link), who adds that Welker is considering joining the coaching ranks. Welker, 35, last played in 2015 for the Rams. Last summer, Welker attended Dolphins’ practice sessions in a semi-coaching role, working with the club’s wideouts.
  • Longtime Pete Carroll confidant Rocky Seto is leaving the Seahawks in order to pursue a career in the ministry, as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes. Seto, Seattle’s assistant head coach/defense, has coached alongside Carroll dating back to the early 2000s at USC.
  • Ex-Jets defensive backs coach Joe Danna is joining the Jaguars as the club’s assistant secondary coach, per Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio (Twitter link). Danna spent the past two seasons in New York.

West Notes: Lynch, Raiders, 49ers

If Marshawn Lynch winds up walking away, the Seahawks need a solid Plan B, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes. There are two prime candidates at the position: DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson. Murray could hit the open market if the Cowboys do not work out a long-term deal and don’t use the franchise tag. Meanwhile, the Seahawks would make plenty of sense for a veteran like Peterson who is hungry to win a championship. More from the West divisions…

  • The Raiders‘ top remaining free agent is center Stefen Wisniewski,’s Bill Williamson writes. The two sides have talked, but they still appear to be pretty far apart on terms. Oakland could also look to keep cornerback Tarell Brown.
  • New isn’t always better and many are wondering what the 49ers have done this offseason with their coaching shakeup, as Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “You can get a different defensive coordinator, but you’re not going to get a better one than Vic Fangio,” said former Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick, later adding: “The battle (for the 49ers) is: ‘Can we replace what we just lost?’ (Because) what we lost was pretty darn good.’”
  • The Seahawks announced that they have promoted Rocky Seto to the position of assistant head coach on defense, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times (on Twitter). Seto previously served as Seattle’s defensive passing game coordinator.