Seahawks shake up offensive ‘philosophy’ by canning coordinator Brian Schottenheimer
The “Let Russ Cook” movement was an internet sensation for fans of the Seattle Seahawks in 2020-21 and they may be chanting that phrase even more with the team’s latest coaching move. According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Seahawks have moved on from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Brian Schottenheimer is a fantastic person and coach and we thank him for the last three years. Citing philosophical differences, we have parted ways.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 13, 2021
Schottenheimer has been the offensive coordinator over the past three seasons and he had his best calling plays during the 2020 campaign. As a result of Schottenheimer’s change of philosophy ahead of the season, Russell Wilson finished with career-highs in attempts (558), completions (384), and passing touchdowns (40).
However, after being the MVP favorite for the first eight games, Wilson’s production would tail off in the final eight games of the season. In the first eight games of the season, Wilson was contributing a jaw-dropping 2,541 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
But in the final eight games of the season, Wilson would see a massive decline in his numbers, throwing for 1,671 yards, 12 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He would proceed to struggle in Seattle’s Wild Card matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.
After completing only 11 of his 27 attempts for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception, Wilson was disappointed in how the offense performed against the Rams. Following the lopsided loss by the Seahawks, Pete Carroll said on Monday that he wants Seattle to get back to running the ball more often.
Given that, the writing was on the wall for Schottenheimer to be fired from his position. While Schottenheimer is on his way out, Wilson—to the dismay of fans in Seattle—will likely no longer be able to cook as he did in the first half of the 2020 season.