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Tuesday Round-Up: Brian Schottenheimer Talks Virtual Offseason, Russell Wilson & More

Highlights from Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s interview on CBS Sports’ Pick Six NFL Podcast. 


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Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer Talks Russell Wilson, Virtual Meetings & More On Pick Six NFL Podcast

If you were too busy enjoying your three-day weekend to be paying attention to things like the internet and social media, then you missed a pretty good interview with Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on's Pick Six NFL Podcast. You can find the whole interview here or just about anywhere you find podcasts. Here are a few highlights:

Asked about taking part in a virtual offseason program, Schottenheimer said, "It's definitely a little bit unusual, but we're still getting a lot of things done… It was a challenge in the beginning just getting used to the technology, but we've been getting quite a bit done.

Schottenheimer said a typical week consists of meetings for two-plus hours per day, four days a week: "Of course it's not like being out on the field and doing the things we should be doing in Phase 2, but we're making the most of it. We always compete, that's the central theme of the program is always compete, and we think we're doing that with the best of them in league circles."

Asked if having continuity at head coach, quarterback and coordinator could be advantage for teams like Seattle in an abbreviated offseason, Schottenheimer said, "Certainly most of those aspects I would 100 percent agree with. Quite often I've gotten off of these Zoom calls and though, 'Wow, to be a new staff, it would certainly be different. You've never met some of these guys, you're trying to implement a new system, new culture in some cases.'… Certainly having a guy like Russ being back, me going into Year 3, obviously with Pete leading the charge, I think teams like us, at least during this period, have a chance to maybe get more done than a new staff trying to put things in place."


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And speaking of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll, Schottenheimer was asked about working with those two and how similar they are in terms of their positive outlooks. Schottenheimer said of Carroll: "The guy has boundless energy… The guy, he's amazing, so positive, the culture is so positive. I think that's why players love being around it. And when you partner him with a guy like Russ who has the most inner calm, most positive attitude no matter what the situation of the game is. If we're down 30 with five minutes to go, if we're tied with two minutes to go in the game, there's nobody that I've ever been around, that believes, regardless of the situation, that we will find a way to win. Those two guys together, what they've done over time, they can draw on it. Guys in the huddle, guys in the locker room, regardless of what the situation is, when those two guys talk, they believe it, because they've put it on film and they've done it. Whether come-from-behind victories, or big adjustments at halftime, they've both done it."

Asked if Wilson doesn't get the credit he deserves outside of Seattle, Schottenheimer acknowledged he didn't fully appreciate how good Wilson was until he started coaching him: "I'll speak to my exposure to him. When I first got out here, I thought Russ was a good player. I had never obviously done anything with him in terms of really watching him work. And I thought he was a good player, I thought he was a guy who was going to scramble around and make plays, improvise and all those things that he does. But when I got here and I saw his ability to throw the football not just down the field, but accurately—we call it ball placement—he's able to put the ball exactly where you want it. Not just to where to guy can catch it, but exactly where you want it. And I was quite honestly blown away, I was surprised. I think unless you really love the Seahawks and you watch the Seahawks, what he does just come so naturally and easy that people underestimate him.

The topic of Wilson never receiving an MVP vote was also mentioned, and Schottenheimer mentioned that Wilson is good at holding a grudge, so that could provide extra motivation: "I know one thing, I am thrilled and excited about 2020, because I think the chatter about the MVP votes can motivate him. He's ready to work, he's always ready to work, but he's the wrong guy to doubt. He's the wrong guy to say, 'Nah, he can't do that,' because he will carry a grudge and he will work his ass off to make it go… He's a great dude, but inside that chest and that ribcage, that heart is beating fierce, brother."

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