Seattle Seahawks, citing ‘philosophical differences,’ part with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

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  • Brady HendersonESPN

SEATTLE — In an fair switch, Brian Schottenheimer is out as Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator after three seasons.

The Seahawks announced the resolution Tuesday, citing “philosophical differences” because the motive on the relief of the parting, whereas calling Schottenheimer, 47, a “extraordinary individual and coach.”

This comes after a disappointing quit to an interesting season whereby the Seahawks scored essentially the most factors in franchise historic past but slogged their ability via the 2nd half. That interesting offensive regression persisted in their 30-20 season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams within the NFC wild-card playoff game three days within the past.

On his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show cloak Monday, coach Pete Carroll was requested for his review of the job Schottenheimer did in 2020, and whether or no longer he anticipated him relief. Carroll in rapid answered within the affirmative but then balked when requested in his news conference at the moment after if his coordinators could be relief, saying he doesn’t talk about about such matters out of appreciate.

“We’ll resolve out what we desire to invent to get better, fair cherish we repeatedly invent,” Carroll said. “I surely cherish my guys. I surely cherish the ability they’ve labored and their dedication and all that they’ve brought. I’m relying on each person coming relief. Our coaches are getting calls in every single sigh. There is all kinds of things occurring. I don’t know what’s going to occur.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that after a gathering Monday evening, it was evident there were philosophical differences between Carroll and Schottenheimer, and that they decided it is also in essentially the most efficient ardour of every and each aspects to part ways.

In his public feedback for the explanation that season ended, Carroll has expressed regret that the Seahawks did now not adjust better to the ability opponents were defending them within the 2nd half of the season. He also cited his hang dialing relief of the offense as a part of the motive on the relief of the decline in production, saying he tightened things up because the Seahawks confronted a handful of solid defenses shut to the quit of the season.

Carroll said a part of the answer next season shall be to urge the ball ample to force defenses into more favorable coverages.

Carroll hired Schottenheimer in part to work fingers-on with quarterback Russell Wilson and to repair a running game that had fallen apart in 2017. Seattle reestablished its urge-heavy offense in 2018 and 2019, then dropped relief to pass bigger than any crew within the NFL over the first 10 weeks of this season in a drastic shift.

The Seahawks scored a franchise-document 459 factors within the conventional season, but that was closely weighted in direction of the beginning set of the season, as Seattle topped 30 factors in seven of the first eight games. Wilson was throwing touchdowns at a document lunge for a part of that stretch — and was the early front-runner for MVP — earlier than he and the the leisure of the offense hit a wall.

Over the first nine weeks, the Seahawks’ offense led the league in scoring at 34 factors per game, whereas Wilson led the league with 28 touchdown passes. Nevertheless over the remaining eight weeks of the conventional season, Seattle’s factors-per-game moderate dropped to 22.6 (which was 16th) whereas Wilson threw 12 TD passes (tied for 13th).

Wilson’s 40.7% completion payment on 11-of-27 passing in Seattle’s wild-card loss was tied for the 2nd lowest of his career, whereas his 17.6 Total QBR was his worst in 16 career playoff games, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Recordsdata be taught. He was sacked 5 cases in that game and compelled on a season-high 50% of his dropbacks. Wilson threw two touchdowns and a spend-six that Carroll said was no longer his fault.

One more offensive blunder in that game came midway via the fourth quarter, when the Seahawks could now not get a fourth-and-1 play off in time no topic an damage stoppage from the play earlier than serving as a de facto timeout. They were penalized for a untrue begin after dashing to the line. Carroll said he was pushing relief on the playcall, which resulted in the prolong, and that they were about to urge the play he critical had the penalty no longer compelled them to punt.

When requested in regards to the Seahawks’ offensive regression after their sizzling begin, Carroll said they did now not adjust neatly ample to how opponents were defending their deep passing within the play-motion game, traditionally a pleasant a part of Seattle’s success.

“That doesn’t point out we throw the ball over their head the total time and going for fair bombs,” Carroll said. “Nevertheless there is quite loads of spot we get within the play-passing game, and it regarded cherish for the length of the direction of the season, after the midway level, we had hit so worthy early, we had been so effective that other folks came all over a mode to preserve relief and fair strive to bleed us and originate us have to throw the ball under, and we were perchance surely going for it bigger than we critical to and did now not bewitch fair correct thing about switching gears a cramped bit there as successfully as we would cherish.”

Wilson done no longer lower than one pass of 30 air yards in every of Seattle’s first eight games of the season; he had three such completions complete within the remaining nine games of the season, including playoffs.

“Schotty… I’m grateful for how worthy you intended to me at some level of the final three years,” Wilson tweeted Tuesday evening. “God blessed me with you, we won quite loads of games, threw quite loads of touchdowns and had a blast in conferences and our biblical stories. Essentially the most efficient days are forward for you. Plug be Huge. God first. Adore. 3.”

Schotty… I’m grateful for how worthy you intended to me at some level of the final three years. God blessed me with you, we won quite loads of games, threw quite loads of touchdowns and had a blast in conferences and our biblical stories. Essentially the most efficient days are forward for you. Plug be Huge. God first.

Adore. 3.

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 13, 2021

Whomever the Seahawks rent as their next coordinator shall be Wilson’s third in 5 seasons. Schottenheimer was hired after Seattle fired Darrell Bevell almost three years within the past to the day. The Seahawks ranked fifth in offensive scoring in Schottenheimer’s first season, eighth in 2019 and sixth in 2020. They ranked 18th, eighth and 17th in complete yards in that span.

Schottenheimer previously served as an offensive coordinator for the New York Jets (2006-11) and Rams (2012-14).

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