For the second time this season the Seahawks are having to find an option at weakside linebacker with K.J. Wright is sidelined due to injury.Wright has missed seven of Seattle's 10 games played this season due to a knee injury that surfaced during pregame warmups of the team's preseason game in Minnesota in August. Wright had surgery shortly after and missed the first six weeks of the season as setbacks in his recovery slowed his return to the field.The knee issue again sidelined Wright during the team's loss to the Los Angeles Rams and kept him out of the Thursday night victory over the Green Bay Packers."He's still working to get back Womens Shaquill Griffin Jersey ," head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.Barkevious Mingo started in place of Wright against the Packers before being replaced after just one defensive series by Austin Calitro. Calitro also replaced rookie Shaquem Griffin in the team's opener against Denver.Mychal Kendricks was then signed and started the next three games for Seattle before the league imposed an eight-game suspension for a guilty plea in an insider-trading case. While Kendricks returned to practice Tuesday, he's ineligible to play for another two weeks while serving the final stretch of his suspension.Meanwhile, it's uncertain whether just rest and rehab will be enough to get Wright back on the field in the coming weeks."We're going to find out. We don't know," Carroll said.The Seahawks are going with Calitro this week for their matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The undrafted rookie has started three of 10 games played for Seattle this year in relief of Wright, with 22 tackles, a pass defended and a half sack of Aaron Rodgers last Thursday against the Packers."We're gaining experience as we go," Carroll said. "Austin has done a nice job when he's had his chances. He's still a young player so there's stuff to learn and all but he's done a nice job, particularly in the physical side of hitting and tackling and all."Calitro will likely keep the gig until either Wright or Kendricks are able to return."We just have to understand it's kind of a next man up," middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "Everybody kind of knows I trust everybody that's been in the position. Austin is in it right now. We have a lot of confidence in him."Kendricks is eligible to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 10."It's great for Mychal in particular;" Carroll said of having Kendricks back at practice. "He needs to get going and doing some stuff that's positive and all of that. He had a really good experience with us before. We loved him playing for us."Notes: RB J.D. McKissic was designated to return from injured reserve and returned to practice Tuesday. McKissic injured his foot in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve following roster cuts in early September.FootballOutsiders: Russell Wilson is a good fit for Brian Schottenheimer Once again, FootballOutsiders has lended itself to SB Nation, answering five questions from each blog about their team. These questions and answers should slant towards the advanced analytics that FO focuses on, specifically in regards to DVOA. To find out more about the great work at FootballOutsiders, you should definitely be keen on their annual almanac, which is available now in the FO Store.On Monday, we talked about the running back situation in 2017. Now FO’s Bryan Knowles tells me about what to expect from the Seahawks new offensive coordinator.Q: In his last run as an offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer had the 25th best offense in the NFL by DVOA with the St. Louis Rams, including 26th in passing and 15th in running. A year before that, the Rams were 22nd overall, 21st in the pass, 28th in the run. Jump all the way back to 2009, when the NY Jets led the NFL in rushing yards, they were actually 22nd overall, 28th in passing, 11th in rushing and the next year they were 16th overall, 19th in passing, 5th in rushing. All of which is to say, does Seattle stand a chance in producing a top-10 offense? He’s never had a season with quality passing but he’s also never had a quarterback near the level of Russell Wilson. Who wins out: Wilson’s supreme abilities or Schottenheimer’s shoddy track record in the passing game? And is Schottenheimer really the guy to turn around the running attack given that DVOA didn’t even really like his rushing teams with the Jets as much as traditional stats did?Bryan Knowles: First thing’s first – Seattle’s running attack would have likely turned around this year even if the Seahawks hadn’t touched anything. We mentioned that Seattle had the second-worst red zone rushing offense we’ve ever recorded, with a -78.0% DVOA. Excluding Seattle, the worst 12 teams we’ve ever recorded had a -58.4% DVOA in the red zone. The next season Justin Britt Jersey Green , they bounced back, on average, to -9.2%. This is one of those stats that heavily regresses towards the mean the next season; it would be nigh-impossible for the Seahawks to be as bad in the red zone as they were in 2017. Couple some standard regression with a healthy season from Chris Carson, add a mid-round rookie or middle-tier free agent to the running back rotation, and you’d likely have an average rushing attack in 2018.Of course, Seattle doesn’t want an average rushing attack. They want the sort of rushing attack they had when they went to the Super Bowl, hence the Schottenheimer hire and drafting Penny in the first round and so on and so forth. Alright.Schottenheimer never had a top-ten offense in New York. He never had a top-ten offense in St. Louis. His Georgia offense finished 81st in Offensive S&P+, our college efficiency stat.While he has had success crafting rushing attacks – the 2008-10 Jets ranked in the top 11 each year, and Georgia was 14th in Rushing S&P+ -- he has never put together a good overall offense. It’s also worth noting that the last time he even had a good rushing attack was a lifetime ago in the NFL. Since 2010, the use of 11 personnel (three wideouts, one running back, one tight end) has jumped from 40 percent to 60 percent. Schottenheimer also holds the dubious distinction of being the last offensive coordinator in NFL history to run out of two-back sets more than 65 percent of the time; the league average last year was 25 percent. In St. Louis, he showed an extreme reluctance to adopt the latest trends and philosophies in offensive development, from personnel packages to the types and depths of routes run. It’s a stone knives and bearskins sort of philosophy in a modern world. It’s fair to wonder if he would have gotten a third NFL coordinator’s job if his name was Brian Smith, and not Brian Schottenheimer.All that being said – and we could go on! – there is a path to a top-10 offense here. Wilson is the best quarterback Schottenheimer has ever gotten to coach, including a 39-year-old Brett Favre. Schottenheimer’s offense puts a high value on pre-snap reads, and Wilson is very good at that. It’s easy to imagine his skillset papering over any deficiencies in the scheme, or at least squeezing the most value out of it.That won’t be enough for a top-ten offense. For that, they’ll need Doug Baldwin’s injury to not be one that hampers him, for Tyler Lockett to finally be fully healthy and recreate his rookie season, and for the duo of Penny and Carson to be as efficient as advertised on the ground. Most importantly, the massive, massive upgrade from Tom Cable to Mike Solari needs to pay immediate dividends, with his more straightforward blocking schemes ending up as a better fit for the skillset of these offensive linemen. That’s a lot of “ifs”, but each of them are, on their own, plausible. We doubt that everything will come together as ideally as Seattle hopes, but it’s certainly within the realm of possibility.