Two weeks after the Seahawks introduced the firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer Seattle seems to have discovered his substitute: Shane Waldron, who for the final three seasons has been the passing-game coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday night time that the Seahawks “are planning to rent’’ Waldron. The report couldn’t be instantly independently confirmed.
However indications Tuesday night time had been that the search was nearing its finish. Seattle had additionally requested in the previous couple of days to speak to Buffalo quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey and had earlier interviewed Oakland running-backs coach Kirby Wilson earlier than apparently selecting Waldron.
The Seahawks had additionally seen a number of different attainable candidates land elsewhere, notably former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, who was reported to have talked to Seattle however as an alternative took a job as offensive coordinator with the Lions. Seattle additionally reportedly talked to former Eagles coach and Ferndale Excessive grad Doug Pederson, however he’s reportedly deciding to not coach in 2021.
Waldron, 41, has been with the Rams for all 4 years that Sean McVay has been head coach and likewise labored with McVay on the workers of the Washington Soccer Group in 2016 earlier than coming west to L.A. with him in 2017.
Waldron has seven years’ expertise teaching within the NFL however has not been a coordinator on the NFL or faculty ranges.
Waldron, a local of Portland, was with the Patriots in 2008 and 2009 as offensive quality-control coach and tight-ends coach after which spent six years in minor- league soccer, high-school and faculty soccer earlier than returning to the NFL with Washington in 2016 as offensive quality-control coach on the workers of head coach Jay Gruden.
He then adopted McVay to L.A. and has served as tight-ends coach and quarterbacks coach and the previous three years additionally has been the passing-game coordinator (he was TE coach in 2017 and QB coach in 2019).
The Rams have had one of many extra prolific offenses beneath McVay but in addition one of many extra balanced, a facet that absolutely appeals to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, who mentioned on the finish of the 2020 season that the Seahawks wanted to run it each extra and higher in 2021. The Rams have completed within the prime 10 in speeding and prime 10 in passing in three of the previous 4 years.
The Rams final yr had the seventh-highest run-to-pass ratio within the NFL at 55.75% (Seattle was 18th at 59.59%) working out of an offense that options a number of play-action in addition to fly-sweep runs utilizing receivers whereas additionally discovering methods to get receivers open in house for brief passes that may flip into lengthy features — all qualities that assuredly enchantment to Carroll.
Like many coaches with the Rams, Waldron noticed his inventory rise markedly after Los Angeles went to the Tremendous Bowl following the 2018 season. He interviewed for the Cincinnati Bengals’ head-coaching job earlier than Cincy then employed one other Rams assistant, Zac Taylor. Waldron was QB coach in 2018
That very same yr Waldron had additionally been linked to the offensive-coordinator job with the Detroit Lions, a place that ultimately went to former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
The next yr McVay let Waldron name some performs throughout preseason video games partly to arrange him for touchdown a job as an offensive coordinator.
In 2018, McVay mentioned he had little doubt that Waldron was able to be an offensive coordinator.
“Completely,” McVay mentioned. “I’d be extraordinarily disillusioned, selfishly, if we misplaced him however so glad if that’s one thing that he felt like was the following step for he and his household. However there’s little doubt about it, he’s an amazing coach and he’s definitely prepared if that’s the following step that he decides he needs to take.”
In that very same interview, McVay mentioned one factor he appreciated about Waldron is his calm beneath strain.
“I believe Shane has given us an entire lot greater than a passing-game coordinator,” McVay mentioned in a convention name the week the Rams performed Detroit. “I believe the management that he supplies, the regular power so far as only a nice demeanor, an amazing presence, (he’s) any individual that I can definitely be taught from.
“…He’s an amazing communicator. He’s obtained a uncommon capacity to authentically and genuinely join with not solely coaches, however the gamers and be capable of appropriate in a way that doesn’t make guys’ guards come up. It’s all about problem-solving and doing it collectively. He’s clearly achieved an exceptional job, actually primarily as a pacesetter for our offense, not solely to only being a pass-game coordinator.”
Seattle fired Schottenheimer citing “philosophical variations” after a season wherein the Seahawks scored a team-record 459 factors to rank eighth within the NFL however flailed badly within the second half of the season, bottoming out with a 30-20 loss to the Rams at house in a wild-card playoff recreation.
Seattle was held to twenty factors or fewer in 5 of its final 9 video games after scoring 30 or extra in seven of the primary eight, a surprising about-face that later triggered Carroll to say the Seahawks didn’t regulate rapidly sufficient to modifications defenses made to fight Seattle’s offense because the yr went on — particularly, utilizing two-deep zones to eradicate deep passes.
The Rams’ mixture of play-action, brief passes, use of the tight finish and skill to run numerous performs out of not many formations — which might confuse defenses by not letting them know if a run or cross is coming — are additionally all features of the Los Angeles offense Carroll is hoping to now incorporate into Seattle’s. That every one additionally absolutely appeals to Seattle QB Russell Wilson, who mentioned he would have enter into the rent, which ends up in the idea he has signed off on Waldron coming to Seattle.
Definitely, Carroll has seen the Rams do numerous injury to his protection as L.A. has scored 28 or extra factors in opposition to Seattle in six of 9 conferences since McVay took over in 2017.
Waldron is a 1997 graduate of La Salle Prep in Milwaukie, Oregon, after which attended Tufts College in Middlesex, Massachusetts, the place he was a three-year letterman as a decent finish and long-snapper.
He then spent three years with the New England Patriots from 2002-04 beneath Invoice Belichick as an operations intern for 2 years after which one season as an operations assistant earlier than transferring to Notre Dame in 2005 as an offensive graduate assistant, spending three seasons with the Combating Irish beneath Charlie Weis — who had been the offensive coordinator for the Patriots.
He then returned to the Patriots in 2008 and 2009 earlier than then spending the 2010 season because the receivers coach for the Hartford Colonials of the now-defunct United Soccer League.
He then labored 4 seasons at UMass, serving as recruiting coordinator and tight- ends coach for 2 years and offensive-line coach for 2 extra earlier than latching on with Washington and Gruden — and assembly McVay — in 2016.
Waldron, who’s married and has two daughters, turns into the most recent of a handful of McVay assistants who’ve been lured away by different groups, together with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and Taylor.
He additionally turns into the fourth coordinator of the Carroll period. Jeremy Bates served in that function in Carroll’s first yr in 2010 earlier than being fired after the season.
Bevell took over and held the job for the following seven seasons however was fired after 2017 when Seattle went 9-7 to overlook the playoffs for the one time since Wilson grew to become the quarterback in 2012 and in a season when the operating recreation floundered.
Schottenheimer was then employed with an preliminary acknowledged purpose to revive the operating recreation, which he did as Seattle went from twenty third in speeding in 2017 to first in 2018.
However after groups caught on to Seattle’s pass-happy methods the primary half of 2020 and the Seahawks offense hit the skids, Schottenheimer was additionally fired and Seattle’s offense is now Waldron’s world.