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Sanjay Lal leaving Seahawks after a single season

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Following an abrupt end to their 2020 season, the Seattle Seahawks decided to make a change at offensive coordinator, replacing Brian Schottenheimer with Shane Waldron. Waldron joins the Hawks from the division rival Los Angeles Rams, where in four seasons with the Rams he served in a variety of different roles on the coaching staff, including as the tight ends coach, the passing game coordinator and the quarterbacks coach.

In Seattle Waldron will be tasked with building the offense for Russell Wilson, but before that duty becomes a reality, the first step is to fully assemble an offensive coaching staff. The coaching staff the Hawks roll with in 2021 should be fully assembled in the coming weeks, but the one thing which is known is that there will be notable turnover from this past season.

With senior offensive assistant Sanjay Lal set to depart Seattle for the Jacksonville Jaguars to work with Urban Meyer and Darrell Bevell, the Hawks have now seen multiple members of the 2020 offensive coaching staff depart. Schottenheimer is obviously the name fans have discussed the most, but Lal can now be added to the list next to run game coordinator Brennan Carroll. In addition, assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel retired on the eve of the season, meaning over the past six months the team has lost four members of the offensive coaching staff representing 20 years of combined coaching experience with the team.

In any case, there will likely be additional coaching changes in the coming weeks as Waldron assembles the staff necessary to coach his system, and Field Gulls will be here to keep readers up to date.