Seahawks fire offensive co-ordinator Brian Schottenheimer

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive co-ordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday following a season in which the team set several offensive records but coach Pete Carroll had clear issues with how the offence operated.

Seattle announced the move, citing “philosophical differences.” The Seahawks had the highest-scoring team in franchise history, Russell Wilson threw a career-high 40 touchdowns in the regular season, and wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett both set club records for receiving.

Still, the Seahawks regressed offensively in the second half of the season, and Wilson and Carroll both made comments following Seattle’s 30-20 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams that indicated concerns with the lack of adjustments by the offence late in the season.

Carroll brushed aside questions about any changes to his coaching staff during his end-of-season news conference on Monday.

“I would never anticipate changes in my staff and share that with you. I wouldn’t tell you whether we’re doing it or not,” Carroll said on Monday. “We got work to do. We have a ton of evaluations to do. We have to figure things out. We have to make decisions on how we’re moving forward and all of that.”

Schottenheimer, 47, completed his third season with the Seahawks after previously serving as the offensive co-ordinator of the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams. Seattle’s offence was humming at a record pace through the first half of the season, but problems emerged starting with the Seahawks' Week 10 loss to the Rams.

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Tim Booth, The Associated Press