Seahawks To Hire Shane Waldron

The Seahawks are set to hire Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron as their offensive coordinator (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter). Waldron has worked for Sean McVay since 2016 — now, he’ll get to run his own offense and face his former mentor twice per year.

The Seahawks opened up their OC job with the firing of Brian Schottenheimer earlier this year. Waldron has never called plays before, but McVay has spoken highly of his acumen and leadership abilities.

He’s a phenomenal coach,” McVay said in 2018 (via Justin Rogers of The Detroit News). “He’s a great communicator. He’s got a rare ability to authentically and genuinely connect with not only coaches but the players and be able to correct in a manner that doesn’t make guys’ guards come up. It’s all about problem-solving and doing it together.”

Former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn , Bills quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, and Raiders running backs coach Kirby Wilson were also considered along the way. Ultimately, Pete Carroll went with Waldron, who becomes the latest Rams coach or exec to leave L.A. Brandon StaleyJoe BarryBrad Holmes, Ray Agnew, and Aubrey Pleasant have all made their exits in recent weeks.

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  1. dussduss

    Diehard Ram fan here two comments: 1) seattle had a better passing game than the rams this past year so kind of an odd hiring. 2) the exodus of rams coaches in my opinion signals the culture isn’t that great in that building especially the aubrey pleasant hiring. to leave the rams for essentially a lateral move to DETROIT (yeah, they added that passing game coordinator title so technically it wouldn’t technically be a lateral move)
    is a major sign to me that something isn’t right.

    • Lou Evil Slugger

      In response to 1: The seahawks had a great passing game the first half of the season, then it fell off a cliff. But Russell Wilson is a lot better QB than Jared Goff so he’s going to have more to work with there. As for 2: Those were my thoughts as well. They all seem to be flocking for the exits. Why? It’s a little surprising since they’ve been pretty successful under McVay and he has a good reputation.

      • just-a-fan

        Brandon Staley became a head coach

        Joe Barry is now a coordinator

        Brad Holmes is now a GM

        Ray Agnew is now an AGM

        I’m not sure what you guys are trying to prove. Everyone left for a promotion that’s typically the idea.

    • kjt404

      Yeah. I don’t feel a mass exodus signals bad culture. Teams that I’ve success get their coaches pilfered. Happened to Seattle back in the day, lost guys like Bradley, Quinn, Norton (wish he stayed gone), Kris Richard, Marquand Manuel, Robert Saleh, Jeff Ulbrich. It’s just part of the game.

      And what may appear to be a lateral move could be more. Maybe there is more on an opportunity for promotion elsewhere.

  2. xcfan

    Hopefully Carroll doesn’t handcuff his ability to maximize Wilson’s talent. Based on interviews where Carroll pines for a beefed up running game, it seems like there was a disagreement between Carroll and Schottenheimer over how much pass vs run was emphasized.

    • larkraxm

      Carroll doesn’t want 45 second three and out drives that expose the defense because they are on the field all game. Control the ball and stay ahead of the sticks. I think we all want some of those easy yards that come from swing passes, screens, and quick throws that are essentially “runs”, including Pete! The failure of the offense to adapt was maddening. The play was go long, hope the line holds up, and throw it to the third tight end when it doesn’t. Running the ball has made the Seahawks the west coast Patriots. There are other ways to control the ball. It involves scheming skill players open!! Hopefully that’s what we hired!!

    • Chester Copperpot

      Interviewing for Seattle’s Water Coordinator position later today.

  3. dussduss

    the aubrey pleasant move to detroit is the one that gives me pause because he was by all appearances beloved and an important person on the rams staff. to leave for detroit doesn’t make sense because you’d think that the light would shine brighter on him in l.a. for another season than in the rebuild in detroit. just seems odd to me.

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