When Russell Wilson met with reporters for his exit interview, he shared that it was “super significant” he be part of the Seahawks hiring process for the team’s next offensive coordinator.
Shane Waldron confirmed that Seattle’s star QB was indeed part of the search. Waldron shared during a Zoom call on Tuesday that he spoke with Wilson prior to, as well as after being hired as the Seahawks new OC.
“I had a great chance to get to know him as a person,” Waldron said. “We talked a lot about our families and really getting to know each other more as people. I do think, the football part of it is going to be an important part of it when the time is right, but our conversations really centered around who we are as people. You’re in a room with some guys for a lot of hours every day when that season gets rolling.”
A major takeaway was a shared work ethic between them and “compatible personalities” overall.
“He seems like he has this unrelenting desire to be better – to be the best that he can be," Waldron said. "I think when we started talking about those things, that’s where there were some really fun conversations. A lot of those details I’ll leave between he and I.”
Those “natural and fluid conversations” will eventually pivot into discussions about what it will take to get Seattle’s offense back into form. The Seahawks set a franchise record for points scored in a single season (459) in 2020, but most of that production came from the first half of the year.
The Seahawks topped 30 points in seven of their first eight games and put up 27 points in the one contest in which they fell short of that mark. Seattle reached 30 points just once during the second half of the season, and that came against the lowly Jets.
Things bottomed out against the Rams in the Wild Card Round as Wilson’s play continued to regress along with the rest of the offense. Waldron has been brought to Seattle to remedy those issues, and it all starts with getting the most out of Wilson.
Entering Year 10 in 2021, Wilson must continue to develop as a pocket passer (particularly on short and intermediate throws) and from a mental standpoint pre-snap. Father time is undefeated and Wilson’s ability to rely on his athleticism will lessen with each passing season.
“He’s an exciting guy to get to work with,” Waldron said. “At any point, this guy can explode and create a game-winning play. He’s the type of quarterback, which I love, where there isn’t any scenario that he’s entered in life where he thought he was going to fall short. He’s got that mindset that he’s going to be the best. He’s going to attack every day preparing himself to be the best. That’s the exciting part about it.
“From a positional standpoint, he can make every throw you need to make. He can run any part of any offense that you want to get to. I think the best thing for us is going to be finding out with this marriage, where we fit together, what things he loves, what things fit offensively and then moving forward from there. I couldn’t be more excited to work with him.”