The Bears are hiring former Seahawks OC Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator

The Bears are hiring former Seahawks OC Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator

The Bears on Tuesday hired Shane Waldron as their new offensive coordinator.

“We are excited to add Shane to our coaching staff,” said coach Matt Eberflus. “I would also like to thank all the candidates we spoke to throughout the interview process. This was a very thorough search, but in the end I am grateful that the journey led us to Shane. He is a fantastic and communicative teacher with a diverse coaching background. “His background is among some of the most elite coaches in the game. I look forward to partnering with him as we build the rest of the staff and get him started here.”

Waldron, 44, spent 10 seasons coaching in the NFL, including the last three as offensive coordinator for the Seahawks. He also has seven seasons of experience at the collegiate level and one in the United Soccer League.

“I appreciate this opportunity that Coach Eberflus and Ryan Bowles have given me,” Waldron said. “We can’t wait to get started on a franchise with such a rich history and passionate fan base.”

In three seasons in Seattle, Waldron’s offense ranked third in yards per touch (7.8), third in big-play passing plays* (110), fourth in big-play rushing percentage* (13.0%), and fifth in completion percentage (66.6%). , eighth in yards per reception (11.2) and tied for 10th in passing touchdowns (83). The Seahawks offense also ranked first in turnovers (53), second in interceptions (31) and fifth in interception percentage (1.9%).

*Big plays are defined as runs of more than 10 yards and passes of more than 25 yards

Last season, Seattle’s offense averaged 21.4 points and 322.9 yards per game. Under Waldron’s guidance, Seattle quarterback Geno Smith revitalized his NFL career. In 2022, Smith finished the season as the league leader in completion percentage (69.8), ranked fourth in touchdown passes (30), fifth in passer rating (100.9) and eighth in passing yards (4,282) en route to his first Pro Bowl selection. and AP Comeback Player of the Year honors. That same year, Seahawks receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf both had 1,000-yard seasons.

In Waldron’s first season as Seattle’s offensive coordinator in 2021, he oversaw the emergence of running back Rashaad Penny as Seattle’s rushing attack ranked third in the NFL with 5.02 yards per attempt. Lockett and Metcalf both set career highs in various receiving categories and Russell Wilson became the second quarterback in NFL history to record at least 3,000 receiving yards and 20 TDs in each of his first 10 seasons.

Waldron began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame from 2005 to 2007. He then headed to New England to begin his NFL career in 2008 as the Patriots’ quality control coach before becoming tight ends coach the following year.

From 2010 to 2015, Waldron coached with the NFL’s Hartford Colonials, Buckingham Brown and Nichols High School and the University of Massachusetts before returning to the NFL to serve as the Chiefs’ offensive quality control coach in 2016 under offensive coordinator Sean McVay. , when the team broke the franchise record for total net yards in a single season (6,454) and finished third in the league in total offense.

Waldron spent the next four seasons with the Rams under McVay, starting as coach in 2017. In 2018, he also served as the passing game coordinator before moving to that role full-time for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In 2018, Waldron oversaw a passing attack that ranked fourth in passing yards per attempt, fifth in passing yards per game and tied for eighth in touchdowns as quarterback Jared Goff had the best season of his career.

Waldron continued to help Goff grow in 2019 when he became the first quarterback in franchise history to record back-to-back seasons with over 4,000 receiving yards. Goff ranked third in the league with 4,638 yards while receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods recorded over 1,100 yards each.

Throughout his tenure with the Rams, the team ranked in the top 10 in both passing and rushing yards three times.

Waldron is a 2002 graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he was a three-year letterman as a tight end and long snapper.

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