A number of weeks again, Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer insisted that nothing had modified. Seattle’s dedication to working the soccer was nonetheless a staple of the offense no matter quarterback Russell Wilson’s efficiency.
However seven video games into the season, any such assertion ought to be met with a three-word response: Oh, come on.
The Seahawks’ id is actually the inverse of what it was when it went to 2 Tremendous Bowls final decade. Not simply because the offense has been essentially the most integral element to their six wins at this level, however due to how the offense is working.
This, merely, is just not a working workforce anymore — until, in fact, we’re speaking about working up the rating.
In Sunday’s win 37-27 win over San Francisco, the Seahawks (6-1) threw 37 passes and had 28 dashing makes an attempt. That’s 57 p.c passing. Six of these rushes, nevertheless, got here through a Wilson scramble, which he does greater than most quarterbacks within the league. By means of 10 video games, the Seahawks have thrown passes on 60.98 p.c of their performs, good for eighth-most within the league. Maybe as considerably, they’ve thrown on 62.57 p.c of their first-down makes an attempt, which is tenth within the NFL.
Not way back, such percentages would have been unrecognizable for this group. The one clarification could be that coach Pete Carroll had retired or that Seattle was trailing in each sport and wanted to hurl the ball within the air to catch up. Final 12 months, as an illustration, the Seahawks had been twenty seventh within the league in pass-to-run proportion as they threw 54.34 p.c of the time. In 2018 they had been final within the NFL, throwing simply 47.56 p.c of the time.
That was the season wherein Wilson had the best passer ranking of his profession (110.9) however was used sparingly in Seattle’s 24-22 playoff loss to the Cowboys. Can you actually see them going again to that mannequin?
That’s why the absence of beginning working again Chris Carson and backup working again Carlos Hyde gave the impression to be of little concern Sunday. It’s why fill-in RB DeeJay Dallas being held to 41 yards on 18 makes an attempt was of little consequence, both. Sure, all groups profit from a robust working sport to maintain defenses trustworthy, however Seattle’s passing sport is so dynamic that it may possibly invite their opponents into the huddle and nonetheless rattle off 300 yards.
It helps, in fact, that Seattle has what could also be the very best 1-2 receiving punch in soccer in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett — to the purpose that it’s arduous to say who’s the one and who’s the 2. Two video games in the past, Lockett amassed a career-best 200 yards on 15 receptions in opposition to the Cardinals. On Sunday Metcalf tallied 161 yards on 12 catches and is fourth within the league in receiving yards. Throw in David Moore and tight finish Greg Olsen, and Russ is working with a Ruth’s Chris-caliber menu.
The end result has been a league-leading 34.3 factors per sport — greater than two factors greater than every other workforce. The Seahawks’ season excessive since Wilson was drafted eight years in the past? That may be 26.8 factors per sport in 2018.
Seems to be just like the followers clamoring this offseason to “Let Russ Cook dinner” knew what they had been speaking about. And although it’s inconceivable that social-media hashtags had any affect on their decision-making, credit score the Seahawks teaching workers for making the adjustment. They’ve a bruising working again in Carson who will nonetheless get loads of touches, however they’ve thrown out the same old sport plan with a purpose to throw.
Maybe there can be a sport within the subsequent couple weeks that runs counter to the seasonlong technique. A important step in compiling wins within the NFL is to remain unpredictable. If an opponent expects a cross on most each play and prepares for that every one week, then the Seahawks could be sensible to try to cram it down their collective throat through the run.
Then once more, it could be wiser to only maintain doing what they’re doing till somebody can work out how one can cease it. No workforce has appeared to but.
These Seahawks are passing on working first — and are passing their opponents by.