The Seahawks’ season, which ended with a whimper, led many to believe that major changes were needed. Just a few days after Seattle’s loss of wildcard to the Rams, one has happened.
On Tuesday, the Seahawks announced the team and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer mutually agreed to separate and cited philosophical differences.
Brian Schottenheimer is an amazing person and coach and we thank him for the last three years. With reference to philosophical differences, we have parted ways.
–; Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 13, 2021
However, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Schottenheimer was fired rather than a mutual dismissal.
The Seahawks fired OC Brian Schottenheimer. His offense set a number of Seahawks’ records. But after the meeting last night, it was clear that there were philosophical differences between Schottenheimer and HC Pete Carroll. They decided that a farewell was on both sides.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2021
Schottenheimer’s three seasons as the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator brought mixed results with a race-heavy 2018 deterrent before the team slowly turned in the right direction in pass / race divisions. Schottenheimer also helped Seattle to a top-10 finish in scoring in each of its three seasons, helping to improve Russell Wilson’s play from the pocket.
In 2020, the team and Wilson got off to a historic start before quickly going back. By the end of the season, both the quarterback and offense seemed broken. Instead of going into the main training carousel, as reported, Schottenheimer will now look for a new job.
Schottenheimer’s departure will see Pete Carroll hire the fourth offensive coordinator for his Seattle term, after Jeremy Bates and Darrell Bevell came before Schottenheimer.