Pete Carroll looking forward to what new OC can do for Russell Wilson
The Seattle Seahawks experienced a major overhaul of head coach Pete Carroll’s staff following a disappointing 2017 NFL season. Among the notable newcomers is offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
The performance of quarterback Russell Wilson was one of the few bright spots in Seattle’s tumultuous 2017 campaign. Carroll is still optimistic about what Schottenheimer brings to the table for Wilson, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson:
“Really good connection with the quarterback, really good communication, relationship with the QB,” Carroll said of Schottenheimer’s coaching. “He works directly with the quarterback more so than some other coordinators do. He’s got a good quarterback background, so I really like all of that for challenging Russell, giving him new looks, new outlooks, new perspective possibly, just to continue to grow.”
It goes without saying that there were several holes in the Seahawks’ offense last season, especially on the offensive line. Wilson’s skill set managed to make up for their overall lack of firepower on offense.
The Seahawks’ star still managed to throw for a career-high 34 touchdowns en route to an MVP-caliber season. Unfortunately, it was still not enough to spur on a playoff berth. Carroll is hoping that Schottenheimer’s history with getting the most out of his quarterbacks will continue in Seattle.
Schottenheimer has been a quarterbacks coach for the likes of Drew Bress when he was still with the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. As offensive coordinator, he even managed to help now-backup quarterback Mark Sanchez lead the New York Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games.
Assisting Wilson in his journey to maximize his ability should be his easiest job yet.