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3 Most Likely Replacements for Brian Schottenheimer as Seahawks Offensive Coordinator

Max Staley
The Seattle Seahawks could be looking at these three names for a new OC.
The Seattle Seahawks could be looking at these three names for a new OC. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks' offense had a really strange year. Fans of the team had been begging Pete Carroll to "Let Russ Cook" for years, and he finally did. Or at least it looked that way initially. Over Wilson's first eight games, the Wisconsin product tallied 2,541 passing yards with 29 total TDs to 8 interceptions. That put him on a historic 16-game pace to record 5,082 yards and 58 total TDs.

But over his final nine games, Wilson's numbers fell off a cliff. He averaged 205.0 passing yards per contest with 14 TDs to 6 INTs in that time. For reference, there were three other QBs who averaged 205 passing yards per game: Nick Foles (205.8), Dwayne Haskins (205.6) and Mitchell Trubisky (205.5). That's not where you want to be.

Likely as a result, the Seahawks parted ways with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Here are the three most likely replacements for Schottenheimer as the Seahawks' OC.

3. Adam Gase, Head Coach, New York Jets

Just because it would be a disaster doesn't mean it's not going to happen. Much to the dismay of Seahawks' Twitter, Carroll has been open about his desire to run the ball more next season. Hiring Adam Gase would be one way to accomplish that. No team had more early-down runs when trailing than Gase's New York Jets, according to Warren Sharp. Seattle has also been rumored to be interested in Gase.

2. Mike Kafka, QB Coach, Kansas City Chiefs

Mike Kafka would be an exciting, inspiring hire for all the reasons Gase wouldn't be. He's been the Kansas City Chiefs' QB coach since Patrick Mahomes' first season as a starter, and everyone knows how well that has worked out. If Eric Bieniemy inexplicably misses out on a head coaching gig again, Kafka leaving the Chiefs for a promotion to OC elsewhere would make a ton of sense. From his perspective, tying his fortunes to Russell Wilson would be one of the safest bets possible. His pass-heavy approach would likely endear him to Seahawks fans quickly, though it might not mesh with what Carroll wants to do.

1. Kirby Wilson, RB Coach, Las Vegas Raiders

The Seahawks have been rumored to be interested in Las Vegas Raiders' coach Kirby Wilson, and it's not hard to figure out why. He's a running back coach and Carroll has made it clear he wants to emphasize the run game in 2021. Wilson has also done an excellent job developing Josh Jacobs since securing the position in 2019. This fit makes a lot of sense.

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