Seattle Seahawks QB Coach Dave Canales Lands Second Interview With Baltimore Ravens
After impressing on his first meeting with the Ravens, Seahawks quarterback coach Dave Canales is nearing his first post as offensive coordinator in the NFL.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Baltimore has requested a second interview with Canales for his vacant playcaller role. He’s vying to replace longtime assistant Greg Roman, who left the stage earlier this month after four largely successful seasons with the franchise.
Canales, 41, played a major role in Geno Smith’s unexpected breakout season. The veteran quarterback, who earned his first Pro Bowl nomination after seven seasons as a three-team backup, excelled as a substitute for Russell Wilson, throwing 30 touchdown passes, completing nearly 70 percent of his attempts and setting a new franchise record for passing yards on.
Of course, Canales’ outstanding coaching job at Smith didn’t go unnoticed. With a second interview scheduled this week, the Ravens appear keen on pairing him with star quarterback Lamar Jackson, who the organization is likely to mark as Franchise Day if they don’t announce a long-term one before the start of the new one contract agree league year.
On the surface, Baltimore would play a small role in hiring Canales, who was not an offensive coordinator past the high school level when he began his coaching career at Carson High School in California nearly two decades ago. Since then, he’s been primarily receiver coach, the position he held for his first seven seasons with the Seahawks.
However, Canales has been heavily involved in Seattle’s game-planning process during his 13 seasons with the franchise, including serving as a passing game coordinator in 2020 and 2021 under two different offensive coordinators. After more than a decade climbing the coaching ladder, he may be up for the challenge of leading an NFL offense for the first time.
The departure of Canales, the longest-serving assistant on coach Pete Carroll’s staff, would be a significant loss for Seattle. If the organization wants to replace him internally, Assistant Quarterback Coach Kerry Joseph would be the easiest pick to replace him. Outside options could also be considered to team up with Smith, provided he re-signs or gets the franchise tag to return in 2023.
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