“Brian understands how to get players in positions to make plays–and he’s got some play makers there in Seattle,” Clemens said.
“It all starts with the trigger guy, Russell Wilson. He’ll try to maximize (Wilson’s) talents and what he does well.”
Like Darrell Bevell, the play caller Seahawks coach Pete Carroll fired last week as part of his largest Seattle coaching overahul, Schottenheimer is a former college quarterback. He was a backup at Kansas then Florida in the mid-1990s. His last three college seasons he played for coach Steve Spurrier and was on the Gators’ 1996 national-championship team.
Clemens said that makes Schottenheimer, who just spent the last two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts, a QB-friendly coordinator.
It also makes him a stickler for details and fundamentals.
“Brian is very detailed-specific,” Clemens said. “One thing Brian does is he’s going to hold people accountable.”
Some have implied if not speculated Bevell was in essence too nice, ultimately not able to keep Wilson strictly adhering to fundamentals such as throwing on time at the end of his initial drop backs and keeping more within the structure of the offense. That line of thinking says Schottenheimer will be the opposite, an intense yeller who will ride Wilson much harder.
Two things on that.
First, Wilson’s improvisational, playground style of extending plays when pass protection breaks down, as it often has in Seattle in recent seasons, was seen as exquisite and perhaps his greatest and most unique asset when the Seahawks were making five consecutive postseasons including two Super Bowls. As recently as early last month, following the upset win over an Eagles team playing for the NFC championship this weekend that way had him an NFL MVP candidate. Now, after Seattle’s first non-playoff season in six years, some are saying suddenly that skill and habit of extending plays is Wilson’s biggest fault.
Second, Schottenheimer apparently isn’t the drill-sergeant screamer he’s been advertised to be. So says his long-time quarterback.
“Brian is a guy that is very, very passionate at what he does. He’s been known to raise his voice, when necessary,” Clemens said. “But he’s also done things like taking a guy out to dinner. I’ve heard guys in the locker room say, ‘Yeah, Schotty did this. And it really meant a lot to me. He had me over to his house.’
“Yeah, he yells. Find a coach that doesn’t. But he’s not that quintessential coach that he only thing he does is yell.”
Carroll fired Bevell following seven seasons as his play caller. He hired Schottenheimer to replace him days after the head man vowed to get Seattle’s offense back to Carroll’s run-first core in 2018. TheNewsTribune
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