5 sleeper candidates who could be the next Chargers head coach

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Shane Waldron

One thing that always kind of annoyed me about how the Seahawks handled Russell Wilson is how they would not let him throw the ball and now they let Geno Smith throw it a lot. Seattle went from throwing the ball 495 times (second-fewest in football) in Wilson's last year to 573 times in Smith's first year. As of right now, Seattle has 445 pass attempts with three games to play.

I think it's fair to say the last two seasons of Seahawks football have been better than Russ's last year was in the rainy city. That tells me Shane Waldron has become more comfortable calling passing plays and utilizing the weapons he has at his disposal, i.e. DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

I guess they trusted Geno more to throw the ball, too, so I have to imagine hitting an upgrade from Geno to a Justin Herbert will really let Waldron take the air out of the ball once he gets some more weapons on offense.

I like the way Seattle runs their offense nowadays. The thing that's probably holding them back is quarterback play- that's the reason the numbers there aren't as gaudy as they probably should be. But if we got the pairing of Waldron and Justin Herbert, my guess would be we'd become a perennial top-six or seven offense in the league.