Number two: What should Seattle do with Shane Waldron and Ken Norton, Jr.?
The Seahawks don’t have a good offense. They also have a bad defense. The question is if they should replace one coordinator or both or none. Norton, Jr. has a longer time of being bad in Seattle than does Waldron but Waldron has somehow managed to take a unit with a bunch of good skill players and make the unit awful. How is this even possible?
The offense is 24th in points-per-game (19.4). Since 1976 when the franchise started, Seattle has ranked 24th or worse in scoring just five times. While the defense is 7th in the NFL in points allowed, they are 31st in yards. Basically, an opposing team eats up so many yards and so much clock against Seattle that the opposing team has fewer drives to score points. Weird but that’s how 2021 is going.
But replacing both coordinators is almost like starting completely over with a lot of new coaches, not just the coordinators because the incoming coordinators will want their own assistants. Pete Carroll is a loyal guy (to a fault with Norton, Jr.) and not one to make changes quickly.
But Norton, Jr. should have never been hired in Seattle as he wasn’t a good DC before with the Raiders and the Waldron hire now just seems like one of the bigger mistakes of Carroll’s tenure. To be honest, if he doesn’t change at least one of the coordinators, Carroll might need to go as well after 2022.