Shane Waldron was officially introduced as the Seahawks' offensive coordinator on Tuesday. Waldron, who last served as the Rams' passing game coordinator, comes to Seattle entering his eighth year of NFL coaching experience.
Here are five things to help introduce Waldron to the 12s -- as a person and a coach:
1. Waldron is originally from the Pacific Northwest.
Cue the video montage -- Shane Waldron is officially coming home. Well, sort of. Waldron grew up just outside of Portland, Ore. and graduated from La Salle High School (Milwaukie, Ore.) in 1997.
So, while he isn't from the state of Washington, he spent his childhood just over three hours from his new home. The weather won't be a surprise, even though he's lived in Los Angeles for the last four years.
2. Waldron played college football at Tufts University.
Waldron left the Pacific Northwest after high school and traveled over 3,000 miles east to Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. for a post-graduate year.
Following one year at Phillips, Waldron took his talents to Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He spent four years on Tufts' Division III football team, serving as a tight end and long snapper for the Jumbos.
3. Including Pete Carroll, Waldron has worked for three head coaches with Super Bowl experience.
Immediately following Waldron's graduation from Tufts, he joined the New England Patriots as an operations intern. Under the guidance of head coach Bill Belichick -- who also attended Phillips Academy -- Waldron won two Super Bowl titles (2003, 2004). Waldron left the Patriots to work at Notre Dame as a graduate assistant from 2005 to 2007 before returning to New England for two more seasons.
Following six years bouncing around professional (United Football League), college and high school ranks, Waldron joined the Washington Football Team's staff in 2016 as offensive quality control coach. He spent just one season in D.C. before leaving for Los Angeles with Sean McVay in 2017. The Rams made the Super Bowl in 2018 as Waldron rose up the ranks to passing game coordinator.
The third and final Super Bowl coach is his newest boss -- Pete Carroll. Waldron and Carroll's goal for 2021 will be to get back to the place Waldron formerly called home, as Super Bowl LVI will be held at the Rams' SoFi Stadium.
4. Waldron has never called plays in a regular season game, but he has in the preseason.
Sean McVay is the architect of the Rams' offense, but he always makes a point to help his assistants. Three of his former assistants are currently head coaches (Zac Taylor, Matt LaFleur, Brandon Staley).
During the 2019 preseason, McVay gave Waldron the chance to call plays to prepare him for future opportunities like this one. McVay probably didn't intend to help a division rival, but his loss is Seattle's gain.
The only other time Waldron has served as an offensive coordinator was in 2011 at Buckingham Browne & Nichols High School in Cambridge, Mass.
5. Waldron knows how to coach a well-balanced offense.
After the Seahawks' playoff loss, Carroll preached the need to “run the ball more effectively” in 2021. With Waldron, the Seahawks are getting a guy who can help on the ground and through the air.
Over Waldron's four years in Los Angeles, the Rams ranked top 10 in passing yards three times and top 10 in rushing yards three times. The Rams were consistent and well-balanced, which is what the Seahawks will aim for after finishing 16th in passing yards and 12th in rushing yards last season.
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