The Seahawks are in the market for an offensive coordinator after the team decided to mutually part ways with Brian Schottenheimer Tuesday.
The man known as "Schotty" spent three seasons in Seattle and the Seahawks put up historic numbers during that time.
But following a rough, early playoff exit last weekend to the LA Rams, it appeared the Seahawks may have to make some coaching changes.
On Monday morning head coach Pete Carroll commented on the state of his offense saying "We have to run the ball better, not even better, we have to run it more. We have to dictate what’s going on with the people that we’re playing, and that’s one of the ways to do that."
He also stated Schottenheimer would be back.
Pete Carroll says OC Brian Schottenheimer will be back next year
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 11, 2021
However, that truly wasn't the case. Citing "philosophical differences" the team decided otherwise 24 hours later.
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
It's not hard to read between the lines. Seattle had an OC that preferred to pass the ball and a head coach that wanted to run it more. Something had to give and Carroll held the power.
After the news broke on Tuesday, Seattle was shook. But no one, coaches, players, fans alike, will be more impacted by the change than Pro-Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson.
Wilson, hearing of the news, took to social media to pen an open letter to his now former offensive coordinator.
Schotty... I’m grateful for how much you meant to me over the past three years. God blessed me with you, we won a lot of games, threw a lot of touchdowns and had a blast in meetings and our bible studies. The best days are ahead for you. Go be Great. God first. Love. 3.
Russell Wilson to Brian Schottenheimer.
Schotty... I’m grateful for how much you meant to me over the past three years. God blessed me with you, we won a lot of games, threw a lot of touchdowns and had a blast in meetings and our bible studies. The best days are ahead for you. Go be Great. God first.
Love. 3. pic.twitter.com/rMtDd7YJUt
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 13, 2021
Grateful might be an understatement.
Over the last three seasons Schotty, Russ, and the Seahawks went a combined 33-15 and had an offense that was nearly unstoppable.
This season alone Wilson passed for a career-high 40 touchdowns and finished just eighty-yards shy of a new career-high in passing yards with 4,212. His 384 completions, 558 attempts, and 68.8% completion percentage were all career-highs.
Over the last three seasons Wilson totaled 11,770 yards, 106 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions. Though he threw a career-high 13 interceptions this season, that was certainly a byproduct of passing more than ever.
It's interesting that Seattle made this move with Carroll wanting to run more. Actually, it just outright doesn't make sense. Seattle has an MVP talent at quarterback and with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf he has the best wide receiver duo in the league. Metcalf alone is one of the best receivers in the league, drawing comparisons to Calvin Johnson.
Another season for Metcalf, Lockett, and Wilson to grow under Schottenheimer would have been scary for NFL. Instead, Carrol and Co. have opened the search for the team's next play-caller.
Wherever Schotty lands, his new city will sure be happy to have him.
As Wilson said, "Go be great."