Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

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After a season that ended with disappointment and a dysfunctional offense, the Seattle Seahawks parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

The team announced the decision in a tweet on Tuesday, citing “philosophical differences.”

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Schottenheimer’s exit came after a Monday night meeting in which the differences between Schottenheimer and head coach Pete Carroll were evident, leading to a parting of ways.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson later tweeted a goodbye to Schottenheimer.

The announcement comes three days after the Seahawks’ 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card round, in which the offense sputtered against one of the NFL’s best defenses.

Schottenheimer had been working as the offensive coordinator in Seattle for the past three seasons. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at the University of Georgia, St. Louis Rams and New York Jets, and also worked as quarterbacks coach for several other teams.

It was Schottenheimer’s last season which might have been his most intriguing, however.

‘Let Russ Cook’ didn’t work out for Seahawks

Of all the ways you could describe the Seahawks offense this season, you can at least say Schottenheimer and Carroll tried something different.

After a year of fans calling for Schottenheimer to “Let Russ Cook” (i.e. allow the team’s future Hall of Famer to unleash his full playmaking and deep-passing potential), he ended up doing pretty much exactly that. And it worked ... for a while.

The Seahawks opened the season as the NFL’s most pass-heavy offense and opened with an NFC-best 6-1 record. Wilson averaged 307.3 passing yards and 3.7 passing touchdowns per game through Week 8, with 33.1 rushing yards thrown in as well. Second-year wide receiver DK Metcalf looked like an absolute monster, averaging 98.5 receiving yards and a touchdown per game.

However, that offense started losing steam, as did the Seahawks. Wilson averaged only 229 passing yards and 1.6 touchdowns for the rest of the season. By the end of the season, Carroll had seen enough and declared that the team would try to run the ball more next season.

Russell Wilson chats with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer during a game.
The Seahawks have some decisions to make on offense after firing Brian Schottenheimer. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

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