Brian Schottenheimer: Seahawks Keeping 'Probably 70 Percent' of Old Offense

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2018

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, talks with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, left, following NFL football practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The Seattle Seahawks have a new offensive coordinator. 

An entirely new offense? Not exactly.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said the Seahawks are planning to keep about "70 percent" of the offense run under former coordinator Darrell Bevell. 

"If you put a number on it I'd say it's probably 70 percent of what they've done here and then maybe 30 percent of ideas from Mike and myself and some of the new guys," Schottenheimer said, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. "It'd be crazy to ask some of the guys to learn a completely new system. I've been working extremely hard trying to get up to speed with the way they've done things. They've had so much success here that was easy for me to do. I'm excited about some of the things that we've added both in the run and pass game. I think that'll be something that is noticeably different. It's a comprehensive approach."

The Seahawks finished 14th in Football Outsiders' offensive metrics and were 11th in points scored. Their problems mainly came on the ground, with no Seahawks running back rushing for more than 240 yards. Russell Wilson single-handedly kept the ground game alive, leading the team with 586 yards and scoring three of their four touchdowns.

Seattle drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round of April's draft to help alleviate those problems. Schottenheimer said coach Pete Carroll instructed him that fixing the running game is his top priority. 

"That's just something that we've talked about from the very beginning when I first started talking to Pete," said Schottenheimer. "That was something that you've got to have the ability to run the football when people know you are going to run the football. And when you lose that, you become one-dimensional and that's hard. We're trying to find some different wrinkles. Find out who we are and different ways to attack people."

Brandon Marshall also recently joined the team on a one-year contract, hoping to rebound from his struggles in 2017 with the New York Giants. Marshall missed 11 games last season due to injury.

The Seahawks also lost tight end Jimmy Graham to the Green Bay Packers.



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