Head Coach option 5: Kevin O’Connell
Kevin O’Connell is the Rams current offensive coordinator. He has always been considered an incredibly gifted football mind since his playing days. This year he is finally getting a chance to put that front and center.
The Rams offense under O’Connell has been one of the most aggressive in the league. They follow the Kobra Kai mantra of ‘No Mercy.’ They strike fast and they strike hard.
Stafford is having a great bounce-back year with his new weapons. Cooper Kupp is having one of the best seasons potentially ever. The offense is scheming ways to get certain individuals open on any given route. There is a lot of misdirection and nuance.
O’Connell has done a phenomenal job getting everyone on the same page and moving as one unit forward. Depending on how the rest of the year goes, he will either be one of the hottest names on the market or someone who GM’s consider to be one year away.
Seattle could get ahead of the curve and bring O’Connell in either way and reap the rewards with his creativity and ingenuity on the offensive side of the ball. This would be a move that would keep Russell Wilson very happy.
Personally, I would rank them in this order for my top choices:
- Brian Daboll
- Byron Leftwich
- Nathaniel Hackett
- Kevin O’Connell
- Mike McDaniel
I would take any of these head coaches over Pete Carroll, currently. I simply think it’s time for a change. Not to take anything away from what Coach Carroll has done for the team and the organization. He is going to be in the Ring of Honor one day due to his leadership and success.
That being said, Daboll is my top choice. He has proven he can get the most out of players, and help young players find success. If Russell Wilson stays he should be able to help bring the best out of him. If Wilson leaves, Daboll has shown he can bring the potential of quarterbacks into actuality.