Ruel to replace Gibbs

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has reached into his past to find a replacement for offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, who announced his retirement Saturday.

Pat Ruel, who was Carroll’s line coach the past five seasons at the University of Southern California, has been hired to fill the same position with the Seahawks.

Ruel, 59, also has NFL experience. He coached the O-line with the Detroit Lions (2000), Green Bay Packers (2001-02), Buffalo Bills (2003) and New York Giants (2004).

Ruel’s parents also have a sense of humor, because his given first name is Golden.

There was speculation after Carroll was hired by the Seahawks in January that Ruel would join his staff in Seattle, but Carroll opted for Gibbs. Ruel who was not retained by Lane Kiffin, who replaced Carroll as the Trojans’ coach, was preparing to coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.

Ruel also coached at Washington State (1978-81), spending two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding the duties of offensive coordinator his final two years.

Ruel played at Coral Gables High School and the University of Miami. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra.

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