Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is optimistic about the offense improving in his second year with the team. This season follows a 2018 campaign in which the Seahawks tied the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers for sixth in total points scored in the NFL.
“It’s always easier in year 2,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “You can add things. You can build off the things you did last year – whether you complement it or protect it with other things.”
Schottenheimer emphasized speed and quarterback Russell Wilson’s comfort in his offensive system as major factors in the unit’s improvement.
“We’ve just been able to go so much faster,” Schottenheimer said. “It shows you how advanced we are. A lot of it is about how comfortable Russ is. We’re light years ahead of where we were last year at this time. It’s been fun to have it that way.”
The Seahawks made Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL this offseason, but their offense under Pete Carroll has always emphasized the running game. In fact, Seattle ranked last in the NFL in pass attempts in 2018 with 427. However, Schottenheimer hinted fans may see an increase in passes from Wilson while still running the ball a hefty amount.
“Each game is going to be different,” Schottenheimer said. “We’ve never not put things on Russ’ shoulders. We’re always going to put the ball in his hand and let him drive the system.”
Opposing teams now have an entire season of film on Schottenheimer’s offense to study for this season, but his offense now has a season of experience under its belt and seeks to become less predictable.
“It’s going to come down to each game,” Schottenheimer said. “We’ve obviously got a premier quarterback. We’ve got an excellent stable of backs and a terrifically powerful offensive line. So teams are going to have to figure us out.”