With Pete Carroll no longer serving as the Seattle Seahawks’ head coach, there’s great uncertainty over the future of Pete’s entire coaching staff. It’s already been reported that all Seattle assistants are available, and one team has wasted no time looking at a Seahawks coordinator.
NFL insider Tom Pelissero reports that the Chicago Bears, who fired their offensive coordinator Luke Getsy on Wednesday, are looking at Shane Waldron as a potential replacement.
The #Bears requested an interview with #Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron for their OC job, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 11, 2024
With Pete Carroll out, Seattle’s assistants are now available, and Chicago is moving quickly after making a change today.
The Bears retained head coach Matt Eberflus for a third season, having finished a respectable 7-10 after a 3-8 start. Getsy and several other staff members on offense were let go. Whoever gets the Bears OC job will be Chicago’s 13th offensive coordinator in 26 seasons.
Waldron has been the Seahawks offensive coordinator since 2021. Like pretty much every offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll, he’s had plenty of praise, plenty of criticism, but one thing that must be acknowledged is his work with Geno Smith. Waldron undoubtedly garnered extra attention after Smith’s Comeback Player of the Year season in 2022.
Chicago has the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and while Justin Fields remains under contract, there is a great possibility that the Bears take a quarterback (presumably USC’s Caleb Williams) in April and move on from Fields.
This is just an interview request and not a guarantee that Waldron will be heading for the Bears, but I suspect that he will be in demand as an OC across the many teams with vacancies.