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Seahawks and Brian Schottenheimer agree to part ways

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The Seahawks’ season coming to an end with a whimper led many to believe major changes were needed. Just a few days after Seattle’s wild card loss to the Rams, one has occurred.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks announced the team and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer had mutually agreed to part ways, citing philosophical differences.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Schottenheimer was fired, however, rather than a mutual parting.

Schottenheimer’s three seasons as Seahawks offensive coordinator brought mixed results, with a run-heavy 2018 discouraging many before the team slowly trended in the right direction in pass/run splits. Schottenheimer also helped Seattle to a top-10 finish in scoring in each of his three seasons and helped to improve Russell Wilson’s play from the pocket.

In 2020, the team and Wilson got off to a historic start, before rapidly regressing. By the end of the season, both quarterback and offense appeared broken. Instead of entering the head coaching carousel as was reported, Schottenheimer will now look for a new job.

Schottenheimer’s departure will see Pete Carroll hire the fourth offensive coordinator of his Seattle tenure, after Jeremy Bates and Darrell Bevell came before Schottenheimer.