Georgia fans and media members do not have fond memories of Brian Schottenheimer and his one season in Athens. So you can imagine their reaction to the news that the Seattle Seahawks hired him.
Schottenheimer is reportedly going to be the next offensive coordinator for the Seahawks, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. Schottenheimer had spent the past two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts after he was dismissed from Georgia following the 2015 season.
When many Georgia media types and fans heard the news, they were surprised that an NFL team gave Schottenheimer another chance at running an offense.
You fired Darrell Bevell for Brian Schottenheimer? https://t.co/YBKh7Ofg85
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) January 13, 2018
Um. This might not end well… https://t.co/crSheRAggZ
— DawgPost (@Dawg_Post) January 13, 2018
Might? It definitely will not end well. Carroll just got himself fired. Just remember, Bailey Hockman>Jake Fromm
— Cameron Thompson (@Canimal31) January 13, 2018
Last time someone did this? Mark Richt fired from UGA. Prayers up for @PeteCarroll.
— Jordan, House James 1st of My Name 👨👦👦 of 🐉s (@JordanGame6) January 13, 2018
— UGA Supporters #SECChamps (@Support_UGA) January 13, 2018
Schottenheimer was hot garbage at UGA
— Sean Lynch (@slynchga) January 13, 2018
The Georgia offense plummeted in its one year under Schottenheimer. The offense fell from eighth in scoring offense in Mike Bobo’s final year to 85th under Schottenheimer. Georgia also went from 30th in total offense to 83rd under Schottenheimer.
It’s also worth noting that Schottenheimer has never had a top 10 offense in the NFL, as his offenses have struggled in his stops as an offensive coordinator with the New York Jets (2006-11) and the then-St. Louis Rams (2012-14). Schottenheimer will get to coach Russell Wilson, who is undoubtedly the best quarterback he’s had.
Kirby Smart replaced Schottenheimer with Jim Chaney. After a rocky first season, the Georgia offense became one of the best in the country, particularly on the ground. The Bulldogs finished ninth in the country in rushing offense this season. Georgia finished with a 13-2 record, losing to Alabama in overtime in the national championship game.