Russell Wilson reportedly pushed for Seahawks to axe Brian Schottenheimer

Russell Wilson reportedly pushed for Seahawks to axe Brian Schottenheimer

Long before the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos in a March blockbuster, the star quarterback quietly “pushed hard” for a coaching change, according to a new report.

After Seattle went 12-4 in 2020 — having won the NFC West but suffered a wild card loss to the Rams — Wilson “grew tired” of former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer “from a play-calling perspective,” All Seahawks reported.

Wilson was seemingly unhappy with the disappointing end to the season in 2020 and wanted to utilize more no-huddle looks.

“Don’t let his comments disguise his real thoughts,” the source said. “He had grown tired of Schotty from a play-calling perspective and wanted something fresh. As much as he benefited from his coaching, he didn’t think the two could co-exist anymore in a football marriage.”

The Seahawks dismissed Schottenheimer in January 2021, and Wilson, at the time, spoke about their “close” relationship, while noting the decision was not his.

Russell Wilson in the Seahawks huddle with Brian SchottenheimerGetty ImagesRussell Wilson on the Seahawks sidelineGetty Images

“I think that it wasn’t my decision to change Schotty,” Wilson said. “But I think that coach [Pete] Carroll made that decision. I think that I trust his decision. But at the same time, clearly Schotty and I have been so close. I average, he’s going to be a tremendous coach somewhere else.”

At the time, Seattle cited “philosophical differences” as its reason for parting ways with the coach.

Brian Schottenheimer is a fantastic person and coach and we thank him for the last three years. Citing philosophical differences, we have parted ways.

— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) January 13, 2021

Schottenheimer — who joined the Seahawks in 2018 after one season as the quarterbacks coach for the Colts — had success with Wilson in Seattle. During his tenure, the Seahawks finished top-10 in scoring offense each season.

Wilson has since moved on with the Broncos and has immersed himself in the Denver community throughout the offseason, along with his wife Ciara and their young children.

The 33-year-old quarterback has one year remaining on the $140 million contract he signed with Seattle in 2019. Wilson reportedly has an asking price of $250 million over five years once his past contract is up.

Wilson will return to Seattle for the first time since the trade in Week 1 on “Monday Night Football,” when the Seahawks great number the Broncos to open the season.

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