Russell Wilson wants to be involved in Seahawks’ offensive coordinator hiring

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The Seahawks are looking for a new offensive coordinator, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants to be included.

Wilson said today that he considers this a critical point in his career, and he thinks it’s critical that the Seahawks listen to his input in finding the right person to run the offense.

“As the quarterback, it’s imperative to my career,” Wilson said, via Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest.

Wilson said he considers Brian Schottenheimer, who was fired as offensive coordinator this week, to be a “tremendous coach.” And Wilson added that it’s important for he and head coach Pete Carroll to be on the same page about Schottenheimer’s replacement.

If they can’t get on the same page, the Seahawks may have an unhappy franchise quarterback.

90 responses to “Russell Wilson wants to be involved in Seahawks’ offensive coordinator hiring

  1. QBs wanting to interview coaches and GMs seems a little like you’re letting the tail wag the dog. You need their buy-in to some degree, but you shouldn’t need their blessing.

  2. Here we go.
    Bad idea to let players influence a head coaches hiring.
    I’m sure carroll will accommodate him.

  3. Sure. Gardner Minshew put his approval stamp on Urban Meyer. And now Jarrett Stidham wants a seat at the table to select the Patriots new QB coach.

  4. Sounds like he wasn’t on board with Schottenheimer being fired to begin with if he doesn’t trust the teams decision making on his replacement. He also might be afraid of being put in a situation like Ben Roethlisberger was in when the Steelers hired Todd Haley and the two basically hated each other because Haley was trying to fix something that (at the time) wasn’t broken.

  5. “… it’s imperative to my career.” If a QB is interested in having his input considered for a new OC hire because he feels his experience and his knowledge of what system would best suit the overall offensive personnel, thus improving the team, I’m all for it. But when a quarterback wants to have input just because he wants to help his own career, I’d tell him to sit down, shut up and hang on.

  6. Hey, since he or she will be calling Wilson’s plays, that’s fair enough

  7. Yea sure you can have some input, and then you can share the blame when it doesn’t work out right? I mean if you wanna say in the hiring you’ll have to share in the blame, and that will mean a pay reduction if you don’t deliver. Sound good Rus? Yea that’s what I thought

  8. Yeah and I’d like to be involved with who the Raiders draft at 17, you cant always get what you want

  9. I get where Wilson’s coming from. But it really isn’t how the hiring process works. The coordinator needs to be on the same page with the head coach. The head coach call the shots. The coordinator is In charge of implementing an offense that the head coach believes in. The quarterback runs the coordinators offense. That’s pretty much it. The head coach is aware of his franchise quarterbacks, and entire teams, specific skill sets. He’s going to hire someone who will maximize that. The quarterback has little, if any say in that relationship. Sure they have to work together. That’s up to the head coach to get right. Not the quarterback.

  10. Russell Wilson should back off there’s way to many “Diva Quarterbacks in” the NFL now.

  11. I agree 100% with Russell. The thing that worries me is why he feels the need to tell that to a reporter, and not the members of the Seahawks organization. From I know of Pete Carroll and John Schneider, I don’t believe they’d hire anyone without asking for Russell’s input. Just seems strange. I’m usually not hunting for negative vibes when I’m looking at the Seahawks, but this seems weird to me. If I didn’t know better, I’d think Russell has a communication problem. Maybe I’m just reading too much into this.

  12. There’s no denying that Wilson is a top 10 QB. He is legit. That being said, he’s one of the fakest, most unlikeable people in the NFL.

  13. May I suggest Jim Caldwell?

    I know he is in the running for the Texans HC job, but failing that, I think his pedigree as an OC would improve the level we have been playing at. Remember, as an OC, he made Joe freakin Flacco win a SB.

    Normally he may see an OC job as a step down but as the OC of a perennial playoff team, with Wilson, Carson, Metcalf and Lockett, I think he might go for and could do great things.

    Add to this that he is a players coach, never heard a bad word against him, ex players always coming out saying how much they love him. I’d really like to see if this could work

  14. Doug Pederson is from WA and did win a Superbowl…maybe? Then he can take over when Pete bails in a year or two

  15. He should learn how to make designed plays before he has any input on who should design them.

  16. Russ , the way you’ve diligently carried that team ; you’ve Earned the right to Interview, hire and fire the next OC..!!

  17. Come to think of it, QBs might do a better job of choosing head coaches, OCs, and DCs than half the GMs in the league.

  18. Time to trade him. Purge the team of old, high-priced vets and those in line for a “payday”. Get salary cap tuned up. HIRE A PERSONNEL GURU. The Emerald Reset……

  19. Just look and see what DeSean Watson started. Now every quarterback will demand to pick his own cordinator. Maybe other position players too.

  20. Like Chris Carter said you need a fall guy in your group. So his request makes sense he needs someone to take the blame when he underachieves.

  21. He wants to be involved. It’s not an unreasonable request. If it is, trade him. End of story.

  22. That’s fine. But when you don’t win the Super Bowl Russ has to give his signing bonus back. How’s that sound?

  23. Russell Wilson was rolling along as THE MVP candidate until Week 9, Offense looked great , he was great. The Seahawks averaged 30 pts per game. The Seahawks then played Buffalo and lost 44-34 but the game wasn’t that close. The Bills D came after Wilson hard. He had 4 turnovers, 2 Interceptions and 2 Fumbles. After that teams looked at what the Bills did and went after Wilson. Other then against the Jets ( 40) , the Hawks averaged 19 points a game after losing to Buffalo. I think the problem was more with the Middle of the Offensive line then with the Coordinator.

  24. If Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers said this, every one of you would be in complete agreement.

  25. I dont know what went wrong at the mid point of the season but Russ went from leading the MVP race to looking worse than be ever did since coming into the NFL.

    The playoff game against the Rams, Goff outplayed him with a broken hand while taking 2nd team reps in practice.

    Pete Carroll looked like a lost man after the game. All he seem to think that could work was running the ball more. If Wilson has no say in the OC that means Pete is going to install some that does run run pass the way he wants. I have no clue how he think that works when paying someone 35 million dollars to run the wish bone offense.

  26. All you people who are offended by this are nauseating. There is nothing wrong with the franchise QB being involved in this decision. Nothing. If you were as important to your organization as RW is to his, you would probably want input on who your boss was going to be too. It’s 2021, not 1978. These guys, especially the franchise QBs, are extremely smart and extremely invested in the organization, they work extremely hard on their craft, and they recognize that much of their success depends on the guy who designs and calls the plays. Russell has earned every right to have a role in this process.

  27. charliecharger says:
    January 14, 2021 at 5:05 pm
    I agree 100% with Russell. The thing that worries me is why he feels the need to tell that to a reporter, and not the members of the Seahawks organization. From I know of Pete Carroll and John Schneider, I don’t believe they’d hire anyone without asking for Russell’s input. Just seems strange. I’m usually not hunting for negative vibes when I’m looking at the Seahawks, but this seems weird to me. If I didn’t know better, I’d think Russell has a communication problem. Maybe I’m just reading too much into this.
    ____________
    Great point. A bit chilling as a Seahawks fan.

  28. I am by no means a Russell Wilson fan, but after seeing what Bill O’Brien did to Watson and the Texans, I can see why QBs on teams with coaching/gm vacancies are suddenly wanting to get involved.

  29. Anyone would want input if they have the leverage. Russell Wilson is the centerpiece of the Seahawks for the foreseeable future. Why wouldn’t you welcome his input?

  30. of course he wants to be involved. carroll is, was, and always will be an enabler of the highest magnitude.

  31. Seems like this is Russ being passive aggressive and trying to talk his way into a trade. If I were the Seahawks, I’d float him out to the rest of the league to gauge his value and pull the trigger for the right deal. I realize that good quarterback play is hard to come by, but the Seahawks need draft capital and Russell is starting to lose one of his best traits – his legs. His value won’t get any higher and you can’t have players calling the shots. He can do that for the Jets.

  32. bloodonhishands says:
    January 14, 2021 at 5:54 pm
    If Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers said this, every one of you would be in complete agreement.

    2 7 Rate This
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    I would say Brees and Rodgers have proven themselves. Watson and possibly Wilson have not

  33. I would say Brees and Rodgers have proven themselves. Watson and possibly Wilson have not
    ————————

    Brees and Rodgers have one super bowl win each. So does Wilson. Wilson takes the Seahawks to the post season as of then or even more often than Brees or Rodgers.

    Wilson has proven himself every year for quite a while.

  34. Wilson is out of his league here. I don’t think even Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady are this arrogant. Neither had a say in the HC or OC hiring. But I have a feeling Pete Carroll and John Schneider will let him have his way to prevent any off season pouting.

  35. AB wouldn’t be a Buc if it wasn’t for Brady. BA didn’t want him and his drama. Funny how no one called Brady diva or to shut and play.

    Wonder why on Wilson and Watson get this.

  36. Funny, the QB who at best is serviceable in big post season games decides he wants to be a decision maker. How about this Russ, don’t fold when the games mean the most.

  37. If Russ handed the ball off. Sea would have 2 Super Bowls. There defense isn’t good and Russ hits his share of deep balls but you can’t survive on one play tds. Watch the all 22….. guys open all over the place on short routes.

  38. I think the fans should also be involved with all coaching, GM hires, drafting, free agency and trade decisions. We pay the bill.

    [sarcasm]

  39. It’s funny that none of you realize big companies allow important employees to “interview” their potential superiors all the time. I was able to meet with a potential hospital director, call references and share my opinions with the board about the person that would eventually become my boss. That’s all Wilson and Watson are trying to do (although it’s clear that watsons required qualifications aren’t just about the person’s football knowledge)

  40. jwbro81 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    And it starts. First Watson and now Wilson.

    ——————–

    If I were Watson after what O’Brien did on the personnel side and management did nothing to stop it, I’d want a seat at the table too. What have the Texans done in the last few years that would give him a lot of confidence they’ve got this handled?

  41. People are fooled by the 12-4 record. The team has issues, Russell Wilson’s poor play during the second half of the season is a concern. Clearly a disconnect took place between the OC Pete and Russell. Wilson has had multiple coordinators, yet he continues to make the same mistakes. More concerning is the lack of draft capital, huge contracts that exist – and huge contracts coming, including Adams. The cap is most likely going down, so the Seahawks ability to make significant additions including free agents will be a challenge. The entire thing has a bad feel to it.

  42. Wilson has had multiple Offensive coordinators. They lost to a guy with 3 pins in his thumb, Donald was out half the game…. and they STILL lost, at home. Overrated team, overrated quarterback.

    Go Rogers go Brady. Go Allen

  43. NFL QBs see how the elite NBA players control their franchises, and want that kind of power. Never let a player decide anything. They are temporary employees who could become bad contracts quickly due to injury.

  44. The way this is all going, teams will soon be adding a clause in their QB’s contract that says QB’s play and only play. They have no say in any front office or coaching decisions.

  45. sweetness says:
    January 14, 2021 at 7:47 pm
    AB wouldn’t be a Buc if it wasn’t for Brady. BA didn’t want him and his drama. Funny how no one called Brady diva or to shut and play.

    Wonder why on Wilson and Watson get this.
    ================
    For Wilson: 6 > 1
    For Watson: 6 > 0

  46. Really??? I want a say in who coaches the team???

    What’s next the water boy must have a vote also??

    When does all this entitled-ness crap stop?

  47. What I read from this is that Russell Wilson has had it with Pete Carroll’s preferred offense of “run on 1st down, run on 2nd down, throw on 3rd and 6”. If the Seahawks didn’t have Wilson making something out of that offensive philosophy, the Hawks would be a 4-12 team.

  48. Russell is saying the other players positions are less important so there is no need for them to have any say in those talks? Or is he just saying he’s smarter than them? Lets have a players only meeting to explain all that.

  49. All hail Mr. OneLimited!

    Seriously though: Russell and Pete can no longer coexist. One of them has to go.

  50. So, should the RBs, WRs, TEs, and OL also have a say? It will have just as much impact on their careers. Actually, it will have arguably more impact on the careers of the others, as Wilson will be fine regardless of who the new coach is. But, the type of offense may impact other positions even more, and could leave someone out on the street if they don’t fit an offense.

  51. iknoweverything says:
    January 14, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Sounds very aaron rodgers like
    ________

    No, it actually doesn’t.

    The Packers just went through the process of hiring a new Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator just 2 seasons ago, without any input from Aaron Rodgers whatsoever.

    In fact, Rodgers went on record to say that he wasn’t interested, as players are paid to play and front offices are paid to make those critical decisions and hirings.

    Try again.

  52. Why? It doesn’t matter who they bring in, Pete Carroll will still call the shots. That’s exactly why Schotty left. Pete’s a great cheerleader/culture coach, but when it comes to x’s and o’s he’s as stubborn as a mule and can’t adapt or adjust.

  53. I went into this thread thinking no way like everyone else but, after reading many of the comments, I now think that if you have a franchise QB, his input on hiring should be valuable and welcomed.

    Why not? Instead of hiring a recycled buddy of the HC or some hack with an undeserved reputation, why not look outside the box and dovetail your OC’s philosophy and personality into that of your franchise QB?

  54. These delusional quarterbacks…. just do your jobs and stop encroaching on others. You are paid hundreds of millions to be QBs, that’s it.

  55. The new OC may want to utilize Wilson altogether differently than the manner in which Wilson wishes to be used. That’s not Wilson’s call.

  56. As a Seahawks fan, I’m concerned about this.

    Russell won a Super Bowl in his second pro year. He has not repeated that success since, despite all the promise such an early triumph suggests. What motivation has he had to improve? None. What does he care about bringing the Seahawks another title?

    This is an ego move and nothing more. Russell was thrilled with Schottenheimer’s ego-centric, deep-pass-orgasmic game plan. He’ll never concede to a better game plan that makes him look less exciting. That’s why he held onto the ball for a freaking hour and a half this season, looking for a deep pass that wasn’t there. He’s a slave to the big play.

    Face it, fellow 12’s. Wilson doesn’t care about bringing Seattle more Super Bowl championships. And Carroll is too decent and forgiving to notice. We’re the ’02 Buccaneers, the ’09 Saints, the ’69 Jets. We’re one and done.

  57. If Russell really wants to save the Seahawks, he should be far more interested in improving the offensive line, which Pete Carroll has gleefully ignored throughout his entire time here. We’ve endured 11 years of that crap and we’re pretty effing tired of it.

  58. Is this the NFL or the NBA?!?! When my boss retires, can I tell her boss that I expect to be in on the hiring process????

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