Report: Seahawks to hire Colts' Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator
SEATTLE - The Seahawks have found the man to lead their offense.
Seattle is reportedly going to hire Brian Schottenheimer, who spent the past two seasons as the Indianapolis Colts' quarterbacks coach, according to multiple reports Saturday afternoon. Schottenheimer would replace Darrell Bevell, who was fired Wednesday by Seattle after seven seasons.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Seattle's plan to offer Schottenheimer the job Saturday.
The son of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, Brian was reportedly Seattle's top candidate, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brian was the Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach in 2001 under his father, while Seattle general manager John Schneider was a member of the Washington front office as the vice president of player personnel.
Brian Schottenheimer's previous NFL stops include being the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams (2012-14) and New York Jets (2006-11).
Statistically, Schottenheimer's offenses have been underwhelming, though he hasn't worked with a quarterback with the talent of Seattle's Russell Wilson in his nine seasons as an OC. With the Jets, his teams were led by Chad Pennington, an aging Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez. In St Louis, the quarterbacks were Sam Bradford, Austin Davis and Shaun Hill.
At the same time, Schottenheimer was responsible for the rushing offenses in New York that were among the best in the league from 2008-10. In fact, the Jets had the best rushing offense in the league in 2009, Sanchez's rookie year. That season, the Jets were No. 1 in rushing attempts and then No. 2 in 2010, ranking first and fourth in rushing yards in those respective years.
Seattle desperately needs to re-establish its run game after two straight disappointing seasons on the ground. The Seahawks on Wednesday also fired offensive line coach Tom Cable, who was the team's run-game coordinator.
Seattle's offense was average in 2017, though it was completely absent of a run game. Wilson led the team in rushing – and not by design. Too often the team was inefficient and struggled to begin games, relying on second-half comebacks to stay competitive. The Seahawks were one of the worst scoring offenses in the first halves of games, though they led the league in second-half scoring and Wilson broke the single-season record for fourth-quarter passing touchdowns.
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