While rumored interest around the league in Brian Schottenheimer as a potential head coaching candidate never came to be, the Seahawks are not yet certain they will retain the same staff heading into the 2021 season.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Seattle’s passing game coordinator Dave Canales had interviewed for Vanderbilt’s offensive coordinator job, to join former Notre Dame defensive coordinator (and new Vandy head coach) Clark Lea’s staff.
#Seahawks passing game coordinator Dave Canales interviewed for the Vanderbilt OC job today, per source. Long-time Seattle assistant has worked closely with Russell Wilson, looking at chance to run an offense.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 11, 2021
Canales has been on Pete Carroll’s staff since Carroll was hired by the Seahawks, first starting as a quality control coach on offense. He then became the assistant quarterbacks coach, before coaching the wide receivers from 2015-2017. In 2018, Canales became Seattle’s quarterbacks coach. Last May, in order to keep both Canales and Austin Davis on staff, the Seahawks reshuffled personnel making Canales the passing game coordinator and Davis the quarterbacks coach.
In Canales’ first season as passing game coordinator, Seattle finished 16th in passing yards and sixth in passing DVOA, while Russell Wilson threw for a career-high 40 touchdowns.
Should Canales get the Vanderbilt offensive coordinator job, Davis may continue to rise on the Seahawks’ coaching staff, less than two years after retirement.