The Seattle Seahawks may have taken an L in the postseason with a devastating defeat to the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card Round, but Seattle is walking away with the W after this massive steal from its division rival.
After a two-week search, the Seahawks have hired Rams’ passing game coordinator Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator.
The 41-year-old Portland native, who went to high school at La Salle in Milwaukie, OR, will be the Seahawks’ third offensive coordinator since Russell Wilson was drafted in 2012. Waldron has been with the Rams organization since 2017, previously holding titles of tight ends coach and quarterbacks’ coach. He came over with Sean McVay from Washington in 2017.
The Rams finished as the NFL's 23rd best offense (23.3 points per game).
NFL Twitter (mostly) approved of Seattle’s new OC hire. Take a look at some of the reactions:
Over the first eight weeks of the 2020 NFL season, the Seahawks looked like the team to beat. Russell Wilson was cooking, and Seattle led the league in scoring with 34.3 points per game.
Then, the offense became suddenly punch-less. The Seahawks averaged just 23.1 points over the final eight regular-season games and were held to 20 or fewer points in four of the last six games, including the Wild Card Game.
As Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf said Tuesday, teams “just started to figure us out.”
Coach Pete Carroll made it clear he’d like to lean heavier on the running game. So, will Waldron let Wilson cook in the cauldron? We’ll soon find out.