There won’t be any NFL football to watch this weekend for the first time since Labor Day weekend back in September, but there is plenty of news surrounding the Seattle Seahawks to keep fans excited as the true start of the offseason looms. Specifically, the Hawks have reportedly replaced Brian Schottenheimer with Shane Waldron of the Los Angeles Rams, and are now set to build out the offensive coaching staff.
The hiring of Waldron has many fans excited, as it’s the type of young, innovative mind they have been hoping to see the team bring in for Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense. One could also argue it represented a significant change of direction for the Hawks after the initial series of names linked to the open offensive coordinator position were rather uninspiring. As soon as the Hawks and Schotty mutually parted ways, fans began to clamor for the names they wanted to see linked to the position. However, initially many of the names, including Anthony Lynn, Adam Gase and Kirby Wilson, left fans underwhelmed.
Then, after more than a week and a half things took a turn when a pair of the names fans had hoped to hear were linked to the job.
Seattle Seahawks want to interview Bills' QB coach Ken Dorsey for their OC job, per sources. Seahawks also have been speaking to Rams' pass-game coordinator Shane Waldron and Saints' QB coach Joe Lombardi about their OC job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 24, 2021
New names being added to the search a week and a half in added a different feel to things. Specifically, the shift went from established playcallers to young up and comers with no readily apparent connection to Pete Carroll, and that had a certain feel to it. Namely, that they weren’t guys whose names Pete had put on the list.
This feels like Russ told Pete to shred the list of names Pete had put together and the team is getting around to talking to the names on Russ' list. https://t.co/KiIpoFjHA2— John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) January 24, 2021
Thursday, that suspicion was given credence by Brock Huard during an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle.
Russell Wilson said he wanted to have a role in the #Seahawks' search for a new OC. @BrockHuard said he heard from multiple people before it was reported that Shane Waldron will be Seattle's next OC that Waldron was "Russell's guy" all along.https://t.co/qmltyouKdY— 710 ESPN Seattle (@710ESPNSeattle) January 28, 2021
For those who don’t wish to click through and take the time to read the entire article, the following is the key point it makes:
“I’ll say this: Before the hire was made, before that news came out, there were a number of different people that said to me this was Russell’s guy,” Huard said. “That as Russell consulted – I don’t know if he sat in the Zoom meetings with all of the different candidates or they narrowed it down and it came to a (down) to a few (choices) – this was one that he was very excited about. That if Russell Wilson had any say in it or had a vote in it, this would be the guy that he ended up getting very, very comfortable with.”
So, the Seahawks now have an offensive coordinator, and at least according to Brock Huard, Russell Wilson is as excited about the hire as many fans are. Now fans just have to wait six and a half months until the Hawks take the field for their first preseason game, assuming there are preseason games next season.