BREAKING: Seahawks, OC Brian Schottenheimer part ways due to 'philosophical differences'


The Seahawks announced on Tuesday that the team has parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

In a tweet from the official team account, the organization cited "philosophical differences" as the reason for the split.

That statement makes it sound like this was a mutual decision where both parties decided a fresh start was best. This news comes one day after Pete Carroll expressed his desires to run the football more next season. The team's head coach shared that the offense strayed from his desired philosophy in the early part of 2020 and he shifted things back towards a more conservative, ball control approach.

The other notable occurrence came during Saturday's loss to the Rams. On a crucial 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter, Carroll said he was "fighting the (play) call a bit," indicating that he disagreed with Schottenheimer's play call. That ensuing conversation led to Seattle getting out of the huddle late and ultimately a back-breaking false start penalty.

Seattle ranked in the top 10 in scoring for all three years with Schottenheimer as OC from 2018-20. That includes a 2020 season in which the offense scored more points than any other team in franchise history. The downfall, however, was a regression in the second half of the season in which yards and points were much more laborious to come by. Things bottomed out during the Wild Card Round when the Seahawks were overwhelmed by the Rams defense in the 30-20 loss.


The Seahawks will now be in search for a new offensive coordinator, one that will presumably be a run-game aficionado.