4. Shane Waldron, Offensive Coordinator, Seattle Seahawks
One name that some might not be thinking too much about is Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. He took over that position back in 2021 and was a huge part of why Geno Smith finally experienced a late breakout in 2022.
Waldron has done a great job working with the talent he has and putting them in positions to do great things. In Chicago, he would have talent like D.J. Moore, Darnell Mooney (if re-signed), Khalil Herbert, Roschon Johnson and Cole Kmet, plus a younger guy like Tyler Scott to develop as well. He already has done a marvelous job getting the ball to D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and company. He would certainly ensure his playmakers in Chicago touched the football enough.
Believe it or not, Waldron is no stranger to being in this conversation. NFL dot com has put his name on a list of potential candidates all the way back in 2018, and Tom Pelissero had this to say about the coach:
“Waldron first appeared on this list in 2018, just before he interviewed for the Bengals job that went to Rams staff-mate Zac Taylor instead. Since then, Waldron has gotten more experience at the front of the room, and Year 2 in the Seahawks’ offense — really the first year with a QB running Waldron’s system, as opposed to the mishmash of concepts Russell Wilson liked in 2021 — has been a big step forward.”