Why Pete Carroll will allow direction of Seahawks’ offense to be Waldron’s

Jan 31, 2021, 10:01 AM

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Pete Carroll has hired his fourth offensive coordinator as Seahawks head coach. (Getty)


When the Seahawks announced offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was being let go due to “philosophical differences” shortly after Pete Carroll told reporters he wanted the Seahawks to run the ball more in 2021, many expected Seattle’s next OC would essentially adhere to an old school run-first approach on offense.

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The hiring of Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron as Seattle’s offensive coordinator seems to signal something completely different, though. Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps explained in a recent edition of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy why this offense will be Waldron’s creation, not Carroll’s.

“You didn’t hire Shane Waldron – (who is) is outside of the norm, outside of what you are comfortable with, which is hiring guys who have been offensive coordinators before, who have a history of calling plays before and have a history of a very, very strong run game that that’s actually what their focus is – to not have him lead the offense’s vision,” Heaps said.

Heaps recalled when the Seahawks let go of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven years in Seattle following the 2017 season. The Seahawks didn’t take long to hire Schottenheimer, and Heaps said that when that move was made, everyone knew Carroll was bringing in someone who had a quarterback coaching background but also had experience in a run-heavy offense under a defensive-minded head coach in Rex Ryan with the New York Jets.

“This is a different feel, a different version with what Shane Waldron will bring to the table,” Heaps said.

At the start of that edition of Jake and Stacy, Heaps said a friend of his who is on the Rams’ coaching staff told him a lot of good things about Waldron and what the Seahawks are reportedly getting by hiring him. Heaps thinks that Carroll is willing to let Waldron implement an offense that is similar to what the Rams have run in Los Angeles the last few years under head coach Sean McVay because it will be what best helps Seattle’s offense.

“(The Rams run) an offense that is innovative, on the cutting edge and is highly sought after around the league,” Heaps said. “And you’re going to bring this guy in because you want to implement that to accentuate the talents of your franchise quarterback, a top-three talented quarterback, and also some of the explosive playmakers you have in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.”

You can hear Heaps’ full comments in the Four-Down Territory segment of the podcast at this link or in the player below.

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