After Seahawks parted ways with Brian Schottenheimer, are they done making coaching changes?

Jonathan Warner
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After Seahawks parted ways with Schottenheimer, are they done making coaching changes? originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Well, the Seahawks organization most certainly knows how to start the offseason off with a bang.

On Tuesday, the team announced they would be parting ways with offensive coordinate Brian Schottenheimer after three seasons, citing ‘philosophical differences.’

It's abundantly apparent: If you are not with Pete Carroll and what he wants to with his team, you can kiss your job and responsibilities goodbye.

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ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter tweet confirmed that basically saying the two thought it was best to part ways since they could not see eye to eye on everything.

On Monday, Carroll expressed that he wanted to run the ball more next season after ‘letting Russ cook’ for the majority of the year. 

[Related: Pete Carroll wants Seahawks to run more in 2021— let’s read between the lines]

That philosophy of 'Let Russ Cook' did work for about six games. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense were nearly unstoppable-- they led the league in points per game (34.2). Then, opposing teams' defenses started to adjust and play two-man high with their safeties, and the offense fell off in the second half of the season.

Despite having a 12-4 record in the regular season, little to no adjustments were made, thus resulting in a 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Saturday and parting of ways with Schottenheimer on Tuesday.

Most were thinking the Seahawks were going to bring everyone back next season. Why? Because Pete Carroll said everyone would be back. He even called a question posed to him about coordinators coming back "disrespectful.'

A little more than 24 hours later, Schottenheimer was out in Seattle.

So, it begs the question: Is anyone’s job really safe anymore?

In my honest opinion, I think so.

Look, the firing of Schottenheimer was a big surprise. I don’t think anyone saw it coming, especially after Pete Carroll's reassurances. 

But I feel like that was the only shockwave to hit the Seahawks coaching staff. 

There won't be any aftershocks. 

But, then again, it's possible this take may not age well. 

Some questioned the future of defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. after the team's defense during in the first half of the season. Those criticisms were fair, justified. 

The defense, at one point, allowed an average of 479 yards a game and was on pace to set an NFL record for most yards allowed in history.

Thankfully, Norton turned the defense around at the right time to at least make the case to save his job.

Through the last seven games of the season, the defense allowed just 14.3 points per contest, which was a big improvement. In the first eight games of the season, the Seahawks defense surrendered 30 points per game to their opponents.

Of course, the defense had its hiccups (coverage busts, miscues, etc.), but they improved, despite it being against weaker teams. 

[Related: Seattle Seahawks defense continues to ascend as regular season nears its end]

If the defense did not improve over the last half of the season, we might have seen Carroll completely clean house. 

But I believe Norton saved himself, and his job, with the defense improving ever so slightly towards the end.

Norton is behind what Carroll wants and caters to his bidding. Like I said earlier: If you are not with Carroll and what he wants you can kiss your job goodbye.

The offseason for the Seahawks is already off to a hot and interesting start. While moving away from Schottenheimer was unexpected, the search for a new offensive coordinator is on.

Who will it be?

All we can do is wait and see what moves Carroll and Schneider make in the weeks to come.