Report: Seahawks to hire Shane Waldron as new offensive coordinator

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The Seattle Seahawks are raiding a division rival to fill their vacancy at offensive coordinator.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the Seahawks are planning to hire Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron to serve as their next offensive coordinator.

The Seahawks fired Brian Schottenheimer after the season following three years in the role for the team.

Waldron has spent the last four years with the Rams with the last three as their passing game coordinator. He served as the team’s tight ends coach in 2016 after following head coach Sean McVay to Los Angeles from the Washington Football Team.

The Seahawks had been speaking to many candidates about the job. Former head coaches (Anthony Lynn, Doug Pederson, Adam Gase) and current assistants (Kirby Wilson, Ken Dorsey, Joe Lombardi) were among the candidates reportedly connected to the position for Seattle.

Waldron would become the fourth offensive coordinator for Pete Carroll during his 12 seasons as head coach in Seattle. Jeremy Bates served in the position for one year before Darrell Bevell took over in 2011. He was let go after the 2017 season with Schottenheimer being hired for the job.

Waldron is the fourth coach and sixth member of the front office to depart the Rams staff this offseason. Brandon Staley took over the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Chargers with Joe Barry following to become his defensive coordinator. Aubrey Pleasant left to coach defensive backs and serve as defensive passing game coordinator for the Detroit Lions. Brad Holmes and Ray Agnew left to take over the front office in Detroit as General Manager and Assistant G.M.

17 responses to “Report: Seahawks to hire Shane Waldron as new offensive coordinator

  1. Whyyyyyyyyy? You could have thrown a dart at the available candidates and hit a dude who would have matched (at least) shotty. I hope they know something I don’t. Bc this seems like pilfering in light of actual growth. If they don’t hit the NFCCG next year this will be a waste. Draft smart and pray for the skills to buy in this offseason. Godspeed. #gohawks

  2. Who lol? Really glad they didn’t hire Doug Pederson. Bullet dodged by the rest of the NFC.

  3. So we should lots of tempo changes and misdirection in a reset offense with tons of horizontal passing plays and a much higher 3rd down conversion rate. Metcalf and Lockett will feast on 2 deep looks with lots of crossing and rub routes.

  4. I like it! Hoping Pete is open to concepts that maximize the talent the Hawks have. Let Waldron Cook!

  5. Well, a more interesting and inspired hire than one might have expected from Old Petey boy. Certainly the Rams have run a much more creative offense than any of Pete’s teams. It might be noted that there’s not much evidence so far that the McVay coaching tree will bear fruit. Zac Taylor has not been impressive so far, and the jury is out on others. It’s also worth noting that Staley didn’t even interview Waldron when he was putting his staff together with the Chargers. But there’s reason for cautious optimism for Seahawks’ fans, much more so than if Pete had hired someone from within the organization or one of the many failed ex-head coaches or coordinators.

  6. It’s the passing game background that surprised me. All indications have been that Coach Carroll was going to select a Coordinator that was steep in the Run Game. Instead, he brings on a passing game coach, reportedly a great leader and well prepared for this type of promotion. Welcome to the team and best of luck. Go Hawks!

  7. The Seahawks keep firing and hiring offensive coordinators instead of addressing the real issue, which is that Russell Wilson is a terrible big game quarterback especially in the post season. His $35 million dollar annual salary is laughable when you look at how little the return on investment has been. He’s getting older and slower, so things won’t get better for Seattle anytime soon regardless of who is calling plays.

  8. The Shanahan offense is a great fit for Russ, the receivers and backs.

    Not buying they have the line for it right now though.

  9. Seahawks are like Budweiser launching ShockTop or their Seltzers doing anything to slow down the category leaders…

  10. Unfortunately, I don’t think Seattle will win another super Bowl with Russell Wilson as their quarterback. He’s reached his ceiling. Now they’re taking on another heavy contract with Jamal Adams, which means they can’t keep solid players like K.J. Wright and Jarron Reed. And without draft capital, they can’t stock up new talent.

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