7:22 PM ET
SEATTLE — In a surprising move, Brian Schottenheimer is out as Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator after three seasons.
The Seahawks announced the decision Tuesday, citing “philosophical differences” as the reason for the parting, while calling Schottenheimer, 47, a “fantastic person and coach.”
The decision comes after a disappointing end to an odd season in which the Seahawks scored the most points in franchise history but slogged their way through the second half. That curious offensive regression continued in their 30-20 season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card playoff game three days ago.
On his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show Monday, coach Pete Carroll was asked for his assessment of the job Schottenheimer did in 2020, and whether he expected him back. Carroll briefly answered in the affirmative but then balked when asked in his news conference immediately after if his coordinators would be back, saying he doesn’t talk about such matters out of respect.
“We’re going to figure out what we need to do to get better, just like we always do,” Carroll said. “I love my guys. I love the way they’ve worked and their dedication