In spite of falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks have had an eventful week. Between what head coach said to the media on Monday, the firing of Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday, the announcement of signing a dozen players to future contracts on Wednesday and the exit interview of quarterback Russell Wilson Thursday in which Wilson was open about his desires regarding the offense going forward, there’s been no shortage of news.
The flurry of news surrounding the team continued Friday morning with reports that the Seahawks have spoken with at least one candidate regarding the open position.
Former #Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has spoken with Pete Carroll about the #Seahawks offensive coordinator job, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Lynn hasn’t decided what he wants to do in 2021, but he’d be among Seattle’s top choices.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 15, 2021
For those wondering what bringing in former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn would mean for the Seattle offense, it would mean a return to the rushing game. Lynn took over as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills for the final fourteen games of the season after Rex Ryan moved on from Greg Roman after starting 0-2. The 2016 Bills offense recorded the 14th most rushing yards of any team in the NFL this century, with three of those teams (the 2019 Baltimore Ravens, 2020 Ravens and the 2020 Tennessee Titans) having come in the time since.
In short, if Lynn proves to be who takes the open offensive coordinator job, it would represent a second consecutive offensive coordinator hire who had previously been an offensive coordinator under Rex Ryan, and who generated one of the most prolific rushing attacks in recent NFL history. Basically, it would likely represent the end of the road for those lobbying for the continuation of Letting Russ Cook.