The Seattle Seahawks made the most significant changes to their coaching staff this offseason since Pete Carroll was hired as the team’s head coach in 2010.
Eight coaches from last year’s staff aren’t returning in 2018, including each of the team’s top four assistants. Six coaches have been added to the group with three coaches moving to new roles as well. Carroll discussed his reasons for the changes for the first time in Indianapolis on Thursday.
I’m really excited about the guys that are here and how it’s working out so far, Carroll said. We are seeing the new energy. I am energized by it. The whole group is. And we are looking forward to working to see how it’s going to turn out.
Carroll also made it clear that he wants Schottenheimer to be heavily involved with the progression of quarterback Russell Wilson.
The quarterback will always be a focal point in your development and really excited about Schottenheimer coming in and Canales taking a hold of that thing and challenging him like maybe he has never been challenged before. That would be great, Carroll said.
I like the fact that he can connect the play caller and the quarterback leader, and the guy that’s going to be with him on the field, as well, on a regular basis. I like the fact that I wanted to make that connection for Russell, so we could communicate directly with him in a little bit different fashion than we have. Dave Canales will work with him, too, of course, but I think Brian brings something that we are looking forward to seeing.
This would make players more conscious of putting the ball on the ground, Polian said.
Wouldn’t that also trade one set of headaches for another?
Perhaps. Those of us who are old enough can remember a few Emanuel-type plays arising every season. It is easy to officiate but sometimes hard to accept as an incompletion.
So where does this all leave us?
The informed guess is that the competition committee will propose a rewriting that eliminates the requirement to go to the ground and redefines what it means to make a football move in order to account for the time element. Ultimately, it will be up to officials to interpret what it means and put it into practice on the field.
In other words, the Calvin Johnson/Dez Bryant debate will end, but new controversies likely will arise.