By Max Harper

Clint Hurtt is the Eagles new defensive line coach, and he came from the Seattle Seahawks, where he was the assistant head coach to Pete Carroll and the defensive line coach from 2017-2021 before spending the previous two years as the defensive coordinator.

“The first thing is (to) learn the culture of the building, see how everything operates … You want to fit in, obviously,” he said last month.

“It’s been a successful place. You don’t need to come in and (do) anything crazy by imposing my personality and things like that. The biggest thing is fitting in, and obviously doing my part to help those guys develop inside. That’s really what the transition has been like for me so far.”

Getting Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter to reach the high bar in place after Eagles general manager Howie Roseman picked them in back-to-back first rounds – Davis 13th overall in 2022 and Carter ninth overall in 2023 – is particularly imperative.

“I love it because they’re both young,” said Hurtt. “They’re still in the molding phase about being developed in the run game and the pass rush.”

Hurtt has some familiarity with Carter from his time wth the Seahawks, who did a lot of pre-draft homework on Carter coming out of the University of Georgia. Many mock drafters had the Seahawks taking him fifth overall, but they went with cornerback Devon Witherspoon instead.

“Spent a lot of time (with Carter),” said Hurtt. “The big thing was he and Spoon were the two players who were in the discussion for us. Loved both players and thought the world of both of them … it’s always tough when those decisions are made.

“…It’s pretty cool getting the opportunity to coach him now. He’s maturing and coming along. I’ve been really pleased with the development so far.”

The room is young, with Milton Williams and Marlon Tuipulotu checking in as the “venerable” veterans at 25 after they both arrived in the 2021 draft. Davis and Carter, though, are expected to be tone-setters up front.

“You don’t replace a guy like Fletcher Cox, but they’re doing their very best to step up to the forefront and bring everybody together,” said Hurtt. “It’s been really cool from that dynamic to help them understand what it is to lead. And if you are going to be a leader, how you carry yourself.”

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