I remember the comments when Shotty was hired, and they have stuck with me. That's part of the reason I have questioned Russell's play harshly this season.
Does this sound familiar:
From an article Jan 2018, Bevell's last season.
This article relates to the question asked:
Doug Baldwin talks about the Shotty hiring and how he will hold everyone accountable. Jan 26, 2018 - Seahawks.com
There's a Sports Illustrated article from 9/7/2018 that talks about Pete coddling Russ because players felt "Carroll judged Wilson was too emotionally fragile".
I could go on and on, but you guys can look crap up yourself if your bored.
If I am an OC candidate, I'm more worried about Russ than Pete.
I think this point needs to be considered. Its not hard to make the case that Shotty was trying to get Russ out of his slump last year in the second half by being a better passer. Giving him things he did reasonably well, and dialing up plans that SHOULD have given Russ the oppoortunity to beat some of the looks the Offense was getting from defenses. To say Russ struggled isnt bashing or a leap. Its there in almost every game if you want to go back and look through the All22.
Come season's end, given how things went, Schotty, who was brought in to push Russ, lobbies to continue the course to get Russ to the next level as a pocket passer. Pete's seen enough and wants to go back to more of what the team was early on (play to what Russ does well - extend plays ) and run the ball, because he has less faith that Russ can adapt. 9 years. Bevell tried toward the end of his tenure. Schotty tried.
None of this is to say that Russ isnt great. He is. And Pete doesnt mind what he is because he thinks he can win with it if he doesnt push Russ beyond his limit.
ENTIRELY plausible that if there's a sense from candiadtes that the OC job isnt appealing that it could be the challenge of scripting a gameplan every week that cant be measured on it own merit because it gets rewritten by a master of improv at QB that has yet to be either truly made to adhere to script or adequately developed that aspect of his game.
After all, the OC at the end of the day will be measured not entirely by stats, but by his offense's ability to consistently perform at a high level, and for that success to be part of a plan, so that it can be measured, modified week to week, and adapt to an opposing team's weaknesses. The players make the plan go. If player #1 (QB) cant be corralled, even if you are putting up big passing numbers, the offense as a whole, will be inconsistent, save for your QB's individual talent and ability to make plays on his own, will be difficult to adapt, be subject to stagnation, and invariably beatable.