When the Seattle Seahawks hired Shane Waldron for their offensive coordinator vacancy this past week, the move was a coming home of sorts for Waldron.
That’s because he grew up in Carver, Oregon, and spent his formative years in the Portland area, attending Carver Grade School, Clackamas Elementary, Sunrise Junior High and La Salle Catholic College Preparatory High School in Milwaukie, OR. He graduated in 1997.
When asked if the Portland native followed the Seahawks in the 90s when players like Joey Galloway, Warren Moon and coach Dennis Erickson were carving their individual paths as legends, Waldron admits another Pacific Northwest team first captured his attention.
“Growing up, I was a huge Blazers fan,” Waldron said Tuesday. “I know some of the SuperSonics people in the Seattle area will maybe get on me a little about that. I was an NFL fan all around, probably growing up more in the college football world as far as Oregon having the Ducks and then the Beavers going there."
But that doesn’t mean Waldron wasn’t a fan of the Seahawks too. The 41-year-old says he’s long admired Seattle’s NFL team and he’s excited about joining the infectious culture of 12s.
“From when I was a little kid with Steve Largent and moving on right up the ranks all the greats that have played up in Seattle, I think it’s been something I’ve always followed and something I’m looking forward to joining, that family of fans with," Waldron added.
Waldron, who was the Rams’ passing coordinator over the previous three seasons, will be tasked with marrying the desires of both Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. He also shared that he was in communication with the Seahawks QB and head coach throughout the hiring process, and in the days following his eventual hire.
Waldron hopes to create a balanced offense with explosive plays in Seattle, and he'll look to do so just 190 miles north from the home he grew up.
“We want to be the one that puts the foot on the gas pedal,” Waldron explained. “Just saying that it’s a balanced attack doesn’t mean that that’s a conservative attack, so I don’t ever want to get that confused. That will really be the core philosophy that we live by as far as the starting point with run vs. pass vs. any other schematic things we want to get into.”