On Thursday we saw a report that Indianapolis Colts QB coach Brian Schottenheimer was a candidate for the offensive coordinator vacancy in Seattle. Just in the last 24 hours we also saw a report that the Seahawks were looking at John DeFilippo for the same position.
DeFilippo has been a name floating around on the head coach circuit as well which makes one think he may not be getting legitimate looks there, and is now testing the waters as an OC. Schottenheimer, on the other hand, appears to be signed and sealed to the Seahawks per a report by Adam Schefter.
Seahawks now expected to hire former Colts' QB coach Brian Schottenheimer as their offensive coordinator, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2018
This will be a legit opportunity for Schottenheimer to prove that he can succeed above the ranks as a QB coach. His best quarterbacks have been a 39-year old Brett Favre and an up-and-coming Sam Bradford who was lost for the season midway through his 2013 campaign in which he’d had 14 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions in only 7 games.
Schottenheimer will be inheriting Russell Wilson and be tasked with getting the Seahawks’ offense back on track. Seattle has had as many issues — if not more — as the Colts with their offensive line, but at least he’s got a quarterback that he can work within an organization that’s not afraid to bring in help to mold the team for the long haul.
Luck and Schottenheimer reportedly had a very strong relationship and Luck benefited by improving his mechanics under his tutelage in 2016. When adding a moldable young backup to the mix in Jacoby Brissett, who was forced to start in Luck’s absence, and you can assume that his presence will be sorely missed in the quarterback room.
This creates an additional opening for the Colts new HC will have to fill whether he wanted to or not.