Seahawks Reportedly Hiring Rams' Shane Waldron as Offensive Coordinator

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2021

The Seattle Seahawks logo is shown near empty seats at CenturyLink Field during warmups before an NFL football mock game, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron is headed to Seattle.

The Seahawks are reportedly hiring Waldron as their offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Waldron will take over for Brian Schottenheimer, who served in the role for three seasons.

On Sunday, Schefter reported that New Orleans Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi was also "speaking to" the Seahawks regarding the position, and the team wanted to interview Buffalo Bills quarterback coach Ken Dorsey.

Waldron has worked with the Rams since head coach Sean McVay joined the franchise in 2017—the pair came west together from Washington, where Waldron worked under McVay, who was the offensive coordinator. He spent his first year with the Rams as the tight ends coach and became the passing game coordinator in 2018. He served as the quarterbacks coach last season.

The Rams offense has been successful under Waldron. In 2019, Jared Goff finished the season third in the league with 4,638 passing yards and his third consecutive season of at least 20 touchdowns, while wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods posted 1,000-yard seasons. They didn't quite reach the same heights in 2020, as Goff fell 48 yards short of 4,000 and both wideouts had 900-yard campaigns.

The team averaged 250.9 passing yards per game in 2020, significantly less than its fourth-best 281.2 yards in 2019.

Before he found McVay in Washington, Waldron had a lengthy career in New England. An Oregon native who played football at Tufts University, Waldron got his coaching start with the New England Patriots, where he worked with a pair of Super Bowl championship teams, and then went on to coach United Football League, high school and college teams in the region.

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