Russell Wilson has enjoyed a level of offensive coordinator consistency that most other quarterbacks do not tolerate. Through nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Darrell Bevell and Brian Schottenheimer are the only OCs he has ever known, but with Shotti and ten creeps of the year he seeks input on the next hire.
“I think it’s important,” Wilson told reporters at Thursday’s Zoom press conference (via Seattle PI). “It’s important, super important. Obviously I’m a part of that process. Coach and I are definitely talking about that. Also John (Schneider). We have some super long dialogues about the thought process, what we want and the kind of ideas of a leader, thought process, innovator, all that kind of stuff you want.
Unexpectedly, Wilson revealed during that presser that he was not in favor of firing Schottenheimer and drew much praise. I don’t think there’s ever been any revolution from Russell that he wants to move on from Shotti, so that move was clearly Pete Carroll’s call.
“I think he’s going to be an amazing coach for someone else, there’s so much hope for some other team here,” Wilson said (via NCP). “I think he’s going to be a head coach. I think he has leadership potential. Unfortunately for us, I think in the eyes of the coaches, it was time to see if we could make changes. “We were the best offense in football for the first half of the season. He was a key part of it.”
By the way, if you’ve heard this before then stop me:
Russell Wilson: “We have to do everything good … We need to be able to field it,” and throw short, and screen, and run the ball, and with a high speed.
“I want to do it well.”
– Greg Bell (@gbtalsal) 14 January 2021
You may have noticed that the Seahawks were significantly reducing their offense in gear with playing time, so it was left to the more familiar setting of repeatedly sending it to 0 towards the back-end of the season. Wilson has been the proponent of a high-speed offense for seemingly years and Seattle has only been in the top-half at a position-neutral pace once in his career. Pass Bevel fired right after that, by the way.
Wilson has three more seasons left on his contract and by the time we reach the final stages of the 2021 campaign, he will be 33 years old. This is indeed the key title for Wilson’s career and the length of the Seahawk’s window of title detention. The “philosophical differences” between Pete and Shotti are why the latter was canned, but one can only wonder how serious the philosophical differences between Wilson and Carroll are.