Carl Smith (American football)

Carl Smith

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Smith at Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII parade in 2014
Seattle Seahawks
Position: Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-04-26) April 26, 1948
Place of birth: Wasco, California
Career information
High school: Wasco (CA) Union
College: Cal Poly
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Carl Hamilton Smith (born April 26, 1948) is an American football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He had previously served as quarterbacks coach of the Cleveland Browns and offensive coordinator for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints.

Smith attended Wasco Union High School in Wasco, California.

College career

Smith started his college playing career at Bakersfield College, a junior college in Bakersfield, California, where he played quarterback from 1966 to 1967. He transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he played two seasons at defensive back from 1969 to 1970. 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

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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