Seahawks Part Ways With Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2021

The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. "Citing philosophical differences, we have parted ways", the Seahawks announced in a statement. He and head coach Pete Carroll, who is signed through 2025, have built teams that won two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl. Carroll was asked on Monday if he expected Schottenheimer would return for the 2021 season.

The Seahawks scored a franchise-record 459 points in the regular season, but that was heavily weighted toward the beginning of the season, as Seattle topped 30 points in seven of its first eight games. "I know we are all excited to see that continue".

Schneider and Carroll have been together since 2010.

Schottenheimer had come under fire amid the late-season slump. The Seahawks have reached the post-season in nine of the 11 seasons they have been in charge, including their fifth NFC West title this past season. His previous contract would have expired after the 2022 draft.

With his track record, it is no surprise that the Detroit Lions were reportedly interested in luring Schneider from Seattle.

Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension with the Seahawks prior to the 2019 season, so you can understand why he has a good relationship with Schneider.

His selection of quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 draft proved a masterstroke, while Schneider also drafted Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner, all of whom became key figures in Seattle's legendary "Legion of Boom" defense.

This season, Schneider received raves for landing cornerback D.J. Reed off waivers and the trade for Carlos Dunlap from Cincinnati.

Still unresolved is the final verdict on Schneider's trade for Jamal Adams last summer.

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