NFL Playoffs, Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks: Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson throw Brian Schottenheimer under the bus

While Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson struggled, they’re blaming the Seattle Seahawks loss on the offensive coordinator. 

When a quarterback that’s supposed to be resting beats you, there are more than a few concerns. Tell that to Seattle Seahawks as Jared Goff entered the game on the team’s third drive.

Goff, who underwent thumb surgery following a Week 16 loss to Seattle, and looked the part of a man with nine fingers. Yet, somehow, a 15-yard touchdown to Robert Woods and a few field goals were the difference in a 30-20 victory for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Seahawks, who finished 12-4 on the season, now will rebuild and regroup in the coming offseason.

When asked about the struggles, Russell Wilson could have blamed his accuracy. Pete Carroll is the leader of the franchise, so shouldn’t he take ownership of the offensive struggles?

Nah. Instead, the two would rather just say it’s all on Brian Schottenheimer and call it a day.

“We needed to get going there,” Wilson said, per The Seattle Times. “The game kind of felt stale for us in a way — we kind of flatlined. We needed to get going and make that happen. And the next thing you know, we didn’t.”

Schottenheimer played one role in team’s implosion

The Seahawks’ passing attacked struggled to move the ball downfield. Wilson was 11-of-27 for 174 yards and two touchdowns, both going to DK Metcalf.

A pivotal point in the game came in the second quarter off a screen pass. Rams’ cornerback Darious Williams perfectly time Wilson’s throw and returned it 42 yards in the opposite direction for a touchdown. From there, it was lights out in favor of Sean McVay’s roster.

Reports earlier this offseason stated that Schottenheimer was in line to interview for the Houston Texans job. Now, he’ll have to prove to Carroll he’s worth keeping around for next season.

Schottenheimer has never been a standout play-caller, but can you blame him for Wilson’s interception? He’s not the one throwing the dang ball anyway.

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