Seahawks, OC Brian Schottenheimer part ways

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

On the same day they moved to solidify their future by signing general manager John Schneider to a long contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. And while the Seahawks' offense has enjoyed considerable success during that time, the unit appears to have hit a wall in the second half of the 2020 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. Schottenheimer had been running Seattle's offense since 2018 under the direction of head coach Pete Carroll. "Citing philosophical differences, we have parted ways", the Seahawks announced in a statement.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says the firing came after a meeting between Schottenheimer and Pete Carroll.

Schneider's five-year extension runs through the 2027 draft. The club did not announce financial terms for Schneider, who is in his 11th season in the role. Schneider's current contract was signed in 2016 and went through the 2021 season. "I know we are all excited to see that continue". His previous contract would have expired after the 2022 draft.

Schneider has worked as the Seahawks general manager since 2010.

"I think this team and how we put it together, John deserves so much credit because I just think he's just had a great vision for all of this, " Carroll said last month.

The Seahawks made successive Super Bowl appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons thanks to that core, winning their first and only National Football League championship with a rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. They finished 2020 with a 12-4 mark and won the NFC West.

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