How this would affect Russell Wilson and John Schneider
Look, I completely do not expect such an NFL-ground shaking move where Eric Bieniemy would come to the Seahawks to be the new offensive coordinator with a guarantee that he will assume the head coaching job once Pete Carroll leaves or simply becomes a full-time VP. But there is always the possibility that it could happen and if would help Bieniemy long-term and help Seattle both in the short- and long-run.
Russell Wilson would a better quarterback if Bieniemy were his offensive coordinator. No, Bieniemy hasn’t been a quarterback coach but he helps design an overall scheme that gets the best out of his current quarterback’s abundant skills. Patrick Mahomes is a mobile quarterback with a strong arm, a lot like Russell Wilson.
Wilson is 32 years old but looked like he aged a lot in the second half of the 2020 season. Plus, Wilson is a different quarterback than the Tom Brady-types. He takes more hits and those take a toll. If Seattle is going to win another Super Bowl, Wilson’s window of opportunity is sooner rather than later as Wilson is unlikely to be playing at the level he currently is when he is nearing 40 years old.
For general manager John Schneider, Carroll’s giving way to a new coach likely would give Schneider even more control over the team and I don’t know why Schneider would not want this. I am not saying doesn’t agree with the moves Carroll makes for Seattle’s roster, but Seattle has an unusual way they handle football operations.
Carroll doesn’t answer directly to Schneider and Schneider has a lot of say over which players Seattle signs, but if Carroll were no longer the coach and Bieniemy was, Schneider could control a lot more over the final 52-man roster, practice squad and so on.
I do want to reaffirm with you that this article is simply hypothetical. Bring Eric Bieniemy to be the Seahawks offensive coordinator and future head coach should keep Seattle relevant for many years to come. And maybe the idea of my piece seems illogical and possibly dumb, but why should Seattle not try for it?