According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks will hire Brian Schottenheimer as their new offensive coordinator, replacing Darrell Bevell, ousted last week after seven years on the job. The NFL Network confirmed the ESPN report, but the Seahawks have confirmed nothing about Schottenheimer, quarterbacks coach of the Indianapolis Colts the past two seasons.
The 44-year-old Schottenheimer, son of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, has nine years of experience as an NFL offensive coordinator, including six years with the New York Jets (2006-11) and three with the St. Louis Rams (2012-14). He also worked one year (2015) as OC at the University of Georgia.
Two of Schottenheimer’s Jets teams advanced to the AFC title game with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. The Rams finished 23rd, 30th and 28th in total offense under Schottenheimer, but QB Sam Bradford missed 25 games during that stretch because of two ACL injuries.
According to reports, coach Pete Carroll chose Schottenheimer over Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
Schottenheimer will have to deal with a Seattle running game that ranked 25th and 23rd the past two years after finishing no worse than fourth from 2012-15.
Schottenheimer will also have to fix this: The Seahawks in the first halves last season ranked 30th in yards per game (133.9) and 31st in offensive points per game (6.25), but was No. 1 in second-half yards per game (196.5) and second-half points per game (14.19).
Schottenheimer is a University of Florida grad, a former quarterback, and has been in coaching since leaving Florida in 1996. He worked at USC as a tight ends coach in 2000, before Carroll arrived there, and for the Washington Redskins as a quarterbacks coach. He served as quarterbacks coach of the Chargers (2002-05) when his father coached in San Diego and Drew Brees was a young player.