Seahawks fire Brian Schottenheimer after Seattle loss to Rams

Ross Houston
January 14, 2021

Former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is out of a job after being fired Tuesday by the Seattle Seahawks. The action comes three days after Seattle's playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Schottenheimer spent three seasons as Seattle's offensive coordinator, following the much-maligned Darrell Bevell, who was sacked following the 2017 season. Seattle were held to 20 or fewer points in four of the last six games, including the playoff defeat. He and head coach Pete Carroll, who is signed through 2025, have built teams that won two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says the firing came after a meeting between Schottenheimer and Pete Carroll.


The Seahawks had a run of poor draft classes following that 2012 group, but Schneider and his staff have found more hits in recent seasons including wide receiver DK Metcalf and rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks. The Detroit Lions reportedly eyed him as the top target to fill their general manager opening. His previous contract would have expired after the 2022 draft. Schneider's current contract was signed in 2016 and went through the 2021 season.

"I am pleased to announce that we have extended the contract of general manager John Schneider through the 2027 draft", team chairperson Jody Allen said.

Schneider has been in the position since 2010, playing an instrumental role in constructing a Seahawks team that have been perennial contenders over the past 10 years.


The Seahawks made successive Super Bowl appearances in the 2013 and 2014 seasons thanks to that core, winning their first and only National Football League championship with a rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. "I know we are all excited to see that continue".

The Seahawks have nine straight winning seasons - the longest mark in the NFL.


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