The Seahawks replaced their offensive coordinator after the 2020 season ended. Out went Brian Schottenheimer and in came Shane Waldron. At the end of last year, the offense was digressing quickly and had lots of issues scoring. There was little argument that a change was needed.
Seattle decided to bring in Waldron with the promise that he would make the offense more versatile and involve the tight ends and running backs more. That has not happened and the offense is much worse this year than it has been in a number of years. Worse, the offense is getting less productive as the season wears on.
The idea might have been to bring in a Rams-type offense and Waldron had coached with the Rams since 2017before coming to Seattle. Waldron had never called plays, however, and that shows this year. The offense is completely lost and there seems to be no true direction.
Seattle is 25th in the NFL in points per game (19.4) but that number goes down to 15.2 since week 4. Yes, some of those games were without Russell Wilson but one includes a game against the Jaguars when Geno Smith was the quarterback when Seattle scored 31 points. Since week 4 and in the 11 quarters that Wilson has been the quarterback, Seattle has scored 20 points.
The Waldron experiment needs to end. This is the NFL and not a place to experiment over years. Waldron hasn’t worked out, period. The offense is scoring less (28.7 in 2020 to 19.4 in 2021), averaging fewer yards per game (4.8 to 4.3) and average time per drive (2:42 to 2:16). There isn’t just a little bit of a drop from last year, there is a huge one. Seattle simply can’t risk bringing Waldron back for another season.