Carl Smith (American football)

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Carl Smith
Sport(s) American football
Current position
Title Quarterbacks Coach
Team Seattle Seahawks
Biographical details
Born (1948-04-26) April 26, 1948 (age 66)
Playing career
Bakersfield College
Cal Poly
Position(s) Quarterback
Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Cal Poly (GA)
Colorado (GA; LB)
SW Louisiana (DL; DB; OC)
Lamar (OC; OC/OL)
NC State (OC)
Phil/Balt Stars (ST; QB/WR)
New Orleans Saints (OC/QB)
New England Patriots (QB; TE)
Cleveland Browns (QB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (OC)
Cleveland Browns (QB)
Seattle Seahawks (QB)

Carl Smith (born April 26, 1948) is an American football coach and most recently hired to be the Quarterbacks Coach of the Seattle Seahawks football team. He had previously served as quarterbacks coach of the Cleveland Browns and offensive coordinator for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and the New Orleans Saints.

Smith attended Wasco Union High School in Wasco, California.

College career[edit]

Smith started his college playing career at Bakersfield College, a junior college in Bakersfield, California, where he played quarterback from 1966-67. He transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he played two seasons at defensive back from 1969-70. Smith earned his bachelor's (1971) and master's (1972) degrees in physical education from Cal Poly, as well as a teaching credential.

Coaching career[edit]

From 1997-1999, Smith was an assistant coach for the New England Patriots, at the time led by head coach Pete Carroll.

Smith was fired from the Jaguars on January 2, 2007. After taking two years off from football, he was hired on January 6, 2009 to be the quarterbacks coach at USC; he had held the position for the 2004 season, where the Trojans won a national championship and quarterback Matt Leinart won the Heisman Trophy.[1] However, after only two weeks on the job, he left USC to join the Cleveland Browns.

Carl Smith has been hired to be QB coach of the Seahawks, effective February 24, 2011. [2]


  1. ^ Gary Klein, Carl Smith returns as an assistant at USC, Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2009, Accessed January 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Gary Klein, Trojans hire Broncos' Jeremy Bates for key post, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2009, Accessed January 21, 2009.

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Preceded by
John Levra (interim)
New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Danny Abramowicz
Preceded by
Bill Musgrave
Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Dirk Koetter