GOATroppolo Presents: The Schottenheimer Problem

GOATroppolo Presents: The Schottenheimer Problem

Bevell was unfairly scapegoated by many Seahawks fans who blamed him for their team’s offensive setbacks. He did a very good job of catering that offense to Russell Wilson’s strengths and maximizing his unique abilities to create an efficient scoring unit. Just on the basis of Weighted DVOA, (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) here are the Seahawks offensive rankings during the first 4 seasons he was OC when they had a running game:

2012: 1st
2013: 9th
2014: 5th
2015: 1st

Even in the past two seasons, his offenses were never worse than league average, respectively ranking 16th and then 14th in the league.

Now Caroll is choosing Brian Schottenheimer, a coordinator with a subpar record, to fix what was once an efficient offense. Here are his offenses ranked by DVOA:

2006: 12th
2007: 23rd
2008: 16th
2009: 22nd
2010: 19th
2011: 21st
2012: 15th
2013: 22nd
2014: 26th

That’s only four out of nine seasons where Schottenheimer’s offenses ranked as well or better than Bevell’s worst ranking (16th). Clearly, hiring this guy to run your offense in a division where Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan coach is like betting on MFA to win a track meet that Ashton Eaton and Usain Bolt are competing in.