The news of the Seattle Seahawks parting ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday after three seasons is still fresh on everyone’s mind.
And as it should be. It came as a surprise to many after Pete Carroll said that Schottenheimer and Ken Norton, Jr.'s jobs were safe during Monday’s zoom presser.
Depending on how you might view this ‘parting of ways’ between Carroll and Schottenheimer is completely up to you.
Personally, my stance is that Carroll wanted to run the ball more and focus back to how it was back when the Seahawks were making their Super Bowl runs, and Schottenheimer wanted something completely different and had his own viewpoint on how the offense should run - which I assume is making Russell Wilson the centerpiece of it all.
And at the end of the day, Carroll has the final say in everything in that organization.
So it was bye-bye and happy trails to Schottenheimer, and hello to any eligible suitors who will get behind the Carroll/Schinder train.
As expected, national media outlets had a field day-- Seattle was on fire all season long and then quickly fizzled out.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio and Chris Simms discussed the firing of Schottenheimer and what it means for Seattle.
The focal point of the discussion was this: Pete Carroll has trouble hiring an offensive coordinator and what does the firing of Schottenheimer mean for Russell Wilson in the long-term?
You can watch for yourself here.
“If he (Carroll) had one flaw, it’s that he doesn’t know how to hire offensive coordinators,” said Chris Simms, “That would be the issue."
Offense has never been creative there, it’s been an issue altogether. The fact of how they looked at the end of the year and how some of these defenses shut down Russell they way he looked, DK Metcalf couldn’t get the ball, I understand that and Pete’s going to revert back to going ‘woah my defense played good at the end of the year, lets get better at running the ball.
Chris Simms on the Seahawks
Both Simms and Florio have valid points. But to go as far as saying Carroll has troubling finding an OC? I don’t know about all that.
For one, Schottenheimer is only the second offensive coordinator in the Carroll/Schinder era.
Darrell Bevell was the offensive coordinator for Seattle in the 2011-2017 season. His record was 72-39-1 and produced the second-most successful offensive in Seattle’s history.
The team also made it to the playoffs five times, and he helped lead the Seahawks to back to back Super Bowls and won one of them.
I don’t think it’s a matter of Carroll having trouble finding or hiring an offensive coordinator-- I simply think he is looking for the right one to bring the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl like before.
And it takes two to tango. This isn't all on Carroll.
Schottenheimer was a good OC, but he never got the Seahawks to a Super Bowl.
Wilson put up astounding numbers with Schottenheimer (he threw 40 passing touchdowns this season, the first time ever), but that doesn't mean anything if you can’t get to February.
At the end of the day, Carroll is the head coach. And he has every right to make a change to fit his style and vision. That is within his rights.
Will this move hurt Russell Wilson in the long-run? Probably not. He won a Super Bowl while not being the main feature of the team.
Wilson wants to do one thing and one thing only.
So, if Pete Carroll can find a coordinator who can be balanced in the passing and throwing aspects of the game, I think he will be happy.
Besides, at the end of the day, finding someone to be balanced like that will take a lot of pressure off Wilson to be dominate game in and game out and he might cook even better than before.
Schottenheimer is gone, but that does not mean all is lost in this Seahawks organization.
Not even close.
With Carroll and Schneider leading the charge for this organization, you can expect them to lead the team to more success as they have done so in the past.