2. The Seattle Seahawks made the wrong hire at offensive coordinator
Seattle made a questionable decision last off-season to fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Schottenheimer orchestrated an offense that finished 8th in the NFL in scoring in 2020, averaging 28.7 points per game. This season, the Seahawks have fallen to 20th in the league in scoring and have averaged just 20.4 points per game (through Week 16).
Shane Waldron was brought in to add more creativity to the Seahawks offense this year. However, outside of the first game of the season, there has been little to no creativity with this offense. In fact, the offense now seems less creative, especially when Seattle faces quality defenses, than it was in the first part of the year. The offense is playing like it is afraid of making a mistake.
Some of these issues could stem from Pete Carroll’s philosophy possibly having too much influence on play-calling and decision-making. This could explain why the offense has been so passive and disconnected.
Although, it ultimately is Waldron’s decision to call plays, and from that perspective, he has clearly failed to create an identity on offense and seems to not be taking advantage of the talents of DK Metcalf and others.