One new Seahawks coach could be one and done in Seattle in 2024

Seattle has an almost entirely new coaching staff this season, but at least one coach might not return in 2025.
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There is a lot of new to the Seattle Seahawks in 2024. Long-time head coach Pete Carroll is gone and so are almost every one of his assistants. The only coach who stayed from Carroll's regime to new head coach Mike Macdonald's is defensive backs coach Karl Scott. The new offensive coordinator is Ryan Grubb and the new defensive coordinator is Aden Durde.

Macdonald signed a six-year deal with Seattle and became the highest-paid first-time head coach in NFL history. He will be the real defensive coordinator, at least in the first season, and Durde's job will be to pass along to the players what Macdonald needs to be done from week to week. In other words, Macdonald is not leaving anytime soon and Durde needs at least a season as a full-time DC before teams want to start offering him head coaching gigs.

Grubb, though, might see head coaching opportunities come his way quite quickly. One has to wonder why he did not take any head coaching jobs in college. He was a highly successful offensive coordinator under coach Kalen DeBoer at multiple schools. Grubb was set to follow DeBoer to the University of Alabama until the Seahawks asked him to be the OC in Seattle.

Could offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb be one and done with the Seattle Seahawks?

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Grubb is among a handful of coordinators who could "make headlines" this season. That means doing good enough jobs that other teams start asking about their availability. To be fair, PFF also has former Seahawks OC Shane Waldron listed in the article as well and this might cause some 12s to pause.

Waldron became far too pass-heavy as the OC in Seattle and this negatively affected the efficiency of the offense. Seattle, after all, had drafted running backs in the second rounds of two straight NFL drafts. Waldron simply chose to waste Kenneth Walker III and Zach Charbonnet. Grubb likes a bit more versatility to his offenses.

The main reason is that a solid running game allows his passing game to be much more fluid. Grubb is a savant when it comes to designing incredible routes for his receivers, but all that planning does little if the quarterback has no time to throw or the defense does not need to account for Seattle running the ball well.

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PFF says of Grubb, "With (Geno) Smith, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Kenneth Walker, Noah Fant, and more at his disposal, Seattle’s offense should be terrific in 2024 - especially if Grubb complements route concepts and mixes looks as much as he did with the Huskies...if he sustains that production in pro football, it’ll be hard for him not to be an NFL head coach soon."

For 12s this might get a bit uncomfortable, however. The hope is that Grubb takes all of his offensive weapons - not just the wide receivers as Waldron tried to do - and gets them to reach the maximum productivity. If that happens, it would be best for the Seahawks if he stuck around for a while. Still, if another team comes calling about Grubb as head coach due to Grubb being successful with the Seahawks, he might rightfully decide to leave.

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