What will Shane Waldron's offense look like for the Seahawks in 2021? That will be the top storyline heading into Seattle's regular season opener against the Colts on Sept. 12. And that's the shame of it, we're still 88 days away from seeing Waldron's scheme in action.
The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive so far, though. Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf and others have raved about Seattle's new offensive coordinator so far. Will Dissly joined the party on Tuesday following the first day of mandatory minicamp.
"The first word would probably be 'smart,' it comes in my mind," Dissly said. "Everything is fitting really well. It's systematic and up-tempo, and I'm really loving just being a part of the newness, the new energy and new concepts and the new relationships that Shane is brought. Andy (Dickerson) has come in with a new energy. I'm excited to see what we can do.
"I mean obviously we have some tremendous players on our offensive side of the ball, and we're able to be explosive with Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer), and he's a tremendous football mind. I think Shane is just picking up where he left off, and we're just gonna start rolling with some newness and just be incredibly smart out there on the football field."
We've heard the word "tempo" before in relation to the Seahawks offense. Wilson has pined to go more up-tempo for years, but it's something Seattle was never able to sustain under Brian Schottenheimer. Dissly is under the impression that it will be one of the staples of Waldron's offense, and the tight end seems ecstatic about it.
"I think it mitigates what the defense's can do," Dissly explained. "In this league everyone is super smart and defenses are getting so creative in the way to rush the passer and create new blitzes, and so what it's gonna do is it's gonna put them on their heels a little bit. They're not gonna be able to change into dime or nickel. They're gonna have to match when we go 12 personnel and stay base on the field and have to go cover five wide.
"I think with the up-tempo you're gonna see a lot of unique packages that are going to put defenses in a tough spot and be able to operate, kind of their, you know, newness, maybe I guess and like base, base personnel that they're not comfortable operating with. I'm excited to put the defense on their heels, and obviously we know what we're doing so we'll just go as fast as we can."
Waldron isn't likely to reinvent the wheel, but Seattle's offense could look markedly different than its previous iterations.