The Seattle Seahawks are heading into a new era with their franchise after parting ways with Pete Carroll as their head coach. Dan Quinn appears to be the safe option to replace Carroll if they want to go back to the LOB era. However, what if the Seahawks instead of looking to the past, decided to move to the future and a completely new direction?
Take a look at the young offensive pieces the Seahawks have on their roster including WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR DK Metcalf, RB Kenneth Walker III, RB Zach Charbonnet, T Abe Lucas, and T Charles Cross. Looking at those players one cannot help but ask why not turn to an offensive-minded head coach such as Eric Bieniemy? Arguably, the only piece missing from this young and talented offense is a new rookie quarterback.
What John Scheider's plans are for the upcoming draft and off-season could be a deciding factor in what direction he takes the franchise. Should Schneider decide to re-sign potential free agents to this offense such as TE Noah Fant, TE Colby Parkinson, and restructure Tyler Lockett's contract, Schneider may pick an offensive-minded head coach. Also, should offensive pieces come back, this offense will be formidable going forward.
Seattle Seahawks could make a complete change and bring in offensive-minded Eric Bieniemy
What Schneider wants to do with the free agents on the defensive side of the ball is going to factor in the coaching decision as well. Free agents include big names such as Bobby Wagner, Leonard Williams, and Michael Jackson. Schneider will have tough decisions to make this off-season on defense. There are also players Schneider could decide to cut including safeties Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs. These off-season decisions and roster focus will be important to who Schneider picks as head coach and what coach wants to come to Seattle.
The Seahawks from an offensive standpoint look to be better equipped to succeed right away as opposed to the defense. From a statistical point of view, the Seahawks' offense ranked 21st in yards per game. Their defense ranked 30th in yards per game allowed. Clearly, from a roster construction and statistical perspective, the Seahawks appear more ready for an offensive-minded coach than a defensive-minded coach.
Finding a coach who can create an identity for this team should be the most important aspect of who John Schneider picks to be the Seahawks' next head coach. Offensive-minded head coaches have been a trend in the NFL these past few years. Look at Zac Taylor with the Bengals, Nick Sirianni in Philadelphia, Sean McVay in LA, and Kyle Shanahan with the Niners to name a few. Each of these coaches has either coached in or won a Super Bowl.
This is why taking a shot on an offensive coach such as Eric Bieniemy makes a ton of sense. Bieniemy won two Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Though 2023 did not turn out how he wanted as offensive coordinator of the Washington Commanders, Bieniemy still was able to get the most out of fifth-round pick QB Sam Howell. Imagine what an offensive mind like Bieniemy could do with JSN, DK Metcalf, Kenneth Walker III, and possibly Noah Fant, Colby Parkinson, and Tyler Lockett.
The Seahawks will likely face stiff competition to bring Bieniemy to Seattle, especially from the Washington Commanders. Though Bieniemy had just one season as the Commanders' assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, Washington could still promote Bieniemy to head coach. Even though competition for Bieniemy could be tough, the Seahawks and John Schneider should do what they can to bring Bieniemy to Seattle.