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Why Seahawks' reported Gase interest could be good for 49ers

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The 49ers didn't benefit much from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks again failing to live up to their offensive potential, but San Francisco should be encouraged by one of Seattle's reported candidates to overhaul its unit.

The Seahawks have "spoken to" former New York Jets coach Adam Gase about their offensive coordinator opening, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Monday, citing a source. Seattle fired Brian Schottenheimer from the position last week.

If the Seahawks hire Gase, the 49ers might be licking their chops. They dominated Gase's Jets offense this past season, limiting Gang Green to just 277 total yards of offense -- and only 173 through the air -- in a 31-13 Week 2 win.

It could be good news beyond Gase's recent history against the 49ers, too. Gase, who interviewed for the 49ers' head-coaching position in 2015, has not lived up to his reputation as an offensive genius following his two seasons with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Since 2015, the offenses that Gase has coordinated or served as head coach for have ranked, in yards per play: 

  • 20th (2015 Chicago Bears)
  • Eighth ('16 Miami Dolphins)
  • 23rd ('17 Dolphins)
  • 25th ('18 Dolphins)
  • 32nd ('19 Jets)
  • 32nd ('20 Jets)
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Gase would have far more talent at his disposal in Seattle than he has since Miami in 2016, but his hiring could represent more of the same for the Seahawks. Wilson got off to a historic start while playing for Schottenheimer in 2020, but Seattle's once-dominant offense sputtered down the stretch and failed to generate at least 350 yards of total offense in eight of its last nine regular-season and playoff games.

 

Despite winning the NFC West, the Seahawks lost at home to the Los Angeles Rams on Wild Card Weekend. They still could be the team to beat in 2021, but hiring Gase wouldn't widen the gap between them and the 49ers.