While Brian Schottenheimer’s arrival as offensive coordinator in Seattle wasn’t warmly received by most Seahawks fans, he has exceeded expectations during his first three seasons.
This season, Seattle’s offense tore out of the gate, led by unbelievable play from Russell Wilson. Though the Seahawks offense has sputtered in recent weeks, they remain a top-five unit by DVOA. As often happens, the man calling plays for that unit has drawn interest.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Schottenheimer was presented to the Texans as someone of interest for their vacant head coaching position by Jed Hughes, who is assisting in their search.
Jed Hughes, hired to assist Houston in its search for a new HC, recently presented Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer with a strong recommendation as someone who deserves serious consideration for the Texan’s HC job, per sources. Many believe KC OC Eric Bieniemy a strong candidate.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2020
In the days following Schefter’s report, both Wilson and Pete Carroll were asked about the possibility of Schottenheimer earning a head coach job. Unsurprisingly, both praised Seattle’s OC, with Wilson calling him “a tremendous head coach,” while Carroll said he is ready for the opportunity.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked about OC Brian Schottenheimer as a potential head coach candidate, in wake of a report last week saying the Texans were looking closely at him.— Ben Arthur (@benyarthur) December 16, 2020
Carroll gave his stamp of approval.
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Schottenheimer himself was asked about it as well, expressing his gratitude to be brought up and mentioning he has previously interviewed for a head coaching position five times while with the Jets.
In relation to rumors he could be candidate for head coaching job at Houston, Brian Schottenheimer says what you'd expect --- honored, and wants to be a head coach someday but focus for now is on Seahawks. Says had 5 previous head coach interviews in NFL during time with Jets.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 17, 2020
Schottenheimer does not yet have an interview lined up with Houston, but that is apparently something that could come in the next few weeks. First, the Seahawks’ playcaller has to get his offense back into its early season form and see out the year with Wilson and Seattle.