Seahawks hired ex-Colts QBs coach Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator.Such a bad hiring. You hire an old-school vanilla coach one of the most dynamic new school QBs in the league?
It was time for the Seahawks to try something new on offense. It was not time for them to hire Schottenheimer, who has overseen one ineffective offense after another at the NFL level. Some of Schottenheimer's struggles can be blamed on the defensive-minded coaches he coordinated for — namely, Rex Ryan and Jeff Fisher — but he's simply provided zero reason to believe he is someone who should be leading an NFL attack. Throwing out an injured and aging Brett Favre, Russell Wilson will be the best quarterback Schottenheimer has worked with. It's not a good development for Wilson, who has been tasked with carrying far too heavy of a load since Marshawn Lynch's decline and departure from Seattle.
Seahawks fired DC Kris Richard and LBs coach Michael Barrow, and hired Ken Norton as defensive coordinator.Everyone gone...
Norton coached the Seahawks' linebackers from 2010-2014 and is a "comfortable" hire, reuniting with Pete Carroll. He signed a deal on January 8 to work as the 49ers' assistant head coach/linebackers, but Norton can break that contract for a higher-up position. Norton coordinated abominable defenses in Oakland the past two years. After his firing this past season, the Raiders' defense played better down the stretch under John Pagano. Both of Seattle's coordinator hires -- including OC Brian Schottenheimer -- have been thoroughly uninspiring.
It's been clear for a week that Richard would be out, though Barrow's firing was previously unknown. Richard has been replaced by ex-Raiders DC Ken Norton Jr. Norton is arguably a clear downgrade, but coach Pete Carroll was determined to shake up his staff. Carroll is something of a de facto coordinator for the Seahawks, so the move won't have as big of an effect as what the Seahawks do with their player personnel.
LOL HE GONE TOO!
The Steelers will not bring back OC Todd Haley.
The writing was on the wall for this one. Both coach Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger reportedly butted heads with Haley, and the Steelers will let Haley walk now that his contract is up. There's no question he ran some of the most potent offenses in his six years calling plays for Pittsburgh, but the Steelers were never able to clear the final hurdles, failing to even win an AFC title with Haley. It's possible OL coach Mike Munchak will earn a promotion to OC after he turned down a second interview with the Cardinals for their head-coach job on Wednesday.
3-0 on Gotskowski FG. Jags D on 1st and Goal - negative play, negative play, negative play. Great job of holding.