SEATTLE – In a surprising move, the Seattle Seahawks and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have parted ways after three seasons.
The Seahawks announced the decision Tuesday, citing “philosophical differences” as a reason for dismissal, while calling Schottenheimer a “great person and coach.”
The Seahawks scored the most points in franchise history last season, but their offense fell hard in the second half. Seattle led the league in offensive scoring with 34 points per game during the first nine weeks, but the average dropped to 22.6 points per game over the last eight weeks of the regular season.
The Seahawks’ offensive games continued in a 30-20 season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-play playoff game three days ago. Quarterback Russell Wilson’s 40.7% completion rate on 11-of-27 passes was tied for the second-lowest in his career, while his 17.6 Total QBR was his worst in 16 career playoff games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research .
The Seahawks’ deep passing play was one of the reasons why the second offense fell in the second half. Wilson completed at least one pass at 30 airfields in each of Seattle’s first eight games of the season; he had three such finishes in total in the last nine games of the season, including the playoffs.
Coach Pete Carroll refused to discuss the future of his coordinators when asked at his season-ending news conference if he expected them to return.
Schottenheimer’s offense set a number of Seahawks records, but after a meeting last night, it was clear that there were philosophical differences between Schottenheimer and Carroll, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. They decided that a farewell was on both sides.