3 Reasons Shane Waldron Was the Right Offensive Coordinator Hiring for the Bears

The Bears have a new offensive coordinator. Here's what we know about the new hire.
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Waldron's Work with Geno Smith Brought Life to the Seahawks

Quarterback Geno Smith was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL draft. After his time with the Jets, he also played with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers. He came to the Seahawks in 2020 to serve as the backup to Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. He was just supposed to be a journeyman backup who never lived up to his pre-draft hype.

But after Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2022, Smith was given the keys to the Seahawks' offense.

Waldron has been Smith's offensive coordinator for the 2 seasons he has been the starter in Seattle. In 2022-23, while leading the Seahawks to a Wild Card berth, Smith was named AP's Comeback Player of the Year and finished 9th in the Most Valuable Player voting.

He also threw for over 4,000 yards that year, something you now know Chicago has never seen a Bears quarterback accomplish.

What Waldron did for Seattle after they moved on from their franchise quarterback is something a lot of the league would hope could happen to their teams.

If Waldron can bring that out of Smith and bring Smith's career back to life, build an offense around Smith's skill sets to keep the Seahawks in games and playoff contention, one would think the same fate is possible for either Fields or a quarterback drafted 1st overall.