Brian Schottenheimer enters his first season with the Seahawks as the team’s offensive coordinator. He has 21 years of coaching experience, including 18 seasons in the NFL.
Schottenheimer spent 2016-17 in Indianapolis as quarterbacks coach. In his first season with Indianapolis, Schottenheimer led quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris. He helped Luck establish a new single-season career-high in completion percentage (63.5). Luck also finished the season ranked amongst the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240, eighth), passing touchdowns (31, fifth) and quarterback rating (96.4, ninth). He registered five 300-yard passing games and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 13.
Schottenheimer served as the offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach at the University of Georgia in 2015. The Bulldogs totaled 4,904 yards of net offense. Quarterback Greyson Lambert set the NCAA, SEC and Bulldog record for highest single-game completion percentage (with a minimum of 20 completions) after finishing 24-of-25 (96 percent) passing for 330 yards and three touchdowns vs. South Carolina. Running back Nick Chubb totaled 747 rushing yards in six games before suffering a season-ending injury. Chubb’s total included a streak of five consecutive 100-yard games to start the season.
Prior to his return to the collegiate ranks, Schottenheimer spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams (2012-14). In 2014, St. Louis averaged 314.7 net yards per game despite starting quarterback Sam Bradford missing the final nine games due to injury. In his absence, Austin Davis and Shaun Hill combined to throw for 3,658 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In 2013, St. Louis scored 27 or more points on six different occasions matching the Rams total from 2009-2012. The Rams tallied 38 touchdowns in 2013 which was the most in a single season for the franchise since the 2006 season when they reached the end zone 39 times. Under Schottenheimer, running back Zac Stacy rushed for 973 yards, the third-most rushing yards in franchise history by a rookie, while Jared Cook set the Rams single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end (671).
In Schottenheimer’s first season with St. Louis, the Rams logged a 6.6 points per game average increase from the previous season with Bradford setting career highs in passing yards (3,702), touchdown passes (21) and passer rating (82.5). He also led an offense that allowed 20 fewer sacks than it did a season earlier as well as helping running back Steven Jackson record his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Schottenheimer came to the Rams having spent six seasons in the same capacity with the New York Jets (2006-2011). During his time in New York, he assembled an offense that helped the Jets earn back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship Game.
In 2011, the Jets led the NFL in red zone percentage as they scored touchdowns on 36 of their 55 trips deep in their opponents’ end (65.5 percent). In 2010, New York had the NFL’s fourth best rushing offense and finished 11th in total yards. During the 2009 season, the Jets became just the third team since 2001 to average more than 170 rushing yards per game when they averaged 172.3 while also finishing in the top 10 in the NFL in points per game.
Under Schottenheimer, Mark Sanchez became the most productive postseason passer in Jets history winning four road playoff games, the most in Jets history and tied for most in NFL history, while tossing a club record nine touchdown passes over the course of two postseasons.
In 2008, the Jets recorded 405 points, marking just the third time in franchise history that they reached the 400-point plateau. On the back of preseason acquisition Brett Favre and a strong rushing attack featuring Pro Bowl running back Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, the Jets tallied 42 offensive touchdowns, their most in a decade. Jones led the AFC with 1,312 rushing yards and broke the Jets single-season record with 13 rushing touchdowns while Washington added 448 yards and six scores. The rushing duo earned a 4.75 yards per carry average, which marked the best average in team history.
In 2007, Thomas Jones eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive season and his first under Schottenheimer as a member of the New York Jets. In his first season with New York, he helped the Jets accomplish a quick turnaround earning a 10-6 record after finishing 4-12 the season before. Schottenheimer also helped quarterback Chad Pennington win NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press and the PFW/PFWA in 2006.
Schottenheimer joined the Jets in 2006 after spending four seasons in San Diego as the quarterbacks coach (2002-2005). In 2004, Drew Brees earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after throwing 27 touchdown passes and finishing third in the NFL in passer rating. Schottenheimer oversaw the growth of Philip Rivers, who worked with Schottenheimer as Brees’ understudy during Rivers’ first two years in the NFL.
Before his spell in San Diego, Schottenheimer worked for his father, Marty, in Washington and Kansas City. He was an offensive assistant with the Chiefs in 1998 and was the quarterbacks coach during his lone season with the Redskins in 2001. In between those two stops, he moved to the collegiate level, overseeing the tight ends at Southern California in 2000 and wide receivers at Syracuse in 1999.
Schottenheimer got his start as an offensive assistant under Dick Vermeil with the St. Louis Rams in 1997.
As a player, Schottenheimer earned three letters as a quarterback at the University of Florida from 1994-96, where he played under Steve Spurrier and backed up Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel during the Gators’ 1996 National Championship season. His career began at the University of Kansas where he played one season in 1992 before transferring to Florida to play under the tutelage of Spurrier.
In high school, he led Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kan. to the 1991 Kansas 5A state football championship as a senior while earning all-state first-team and All-America honorable mention honors. Schottenheimer and his wife, Gemmi, have a son, Sutton, and a daughter, Savannah.