Seattle Seahawks vs Rams: 5 takeaways from Seattle’s 34-31 overtime loss

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May 26, 2015; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard speaks with media following an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Richard dealing with growing pains

The Seahawks have a new defensive play caller. The fans will love Kris Richard’s aggressive nature, but he needs to do a better job of picking his spots.

St. Louis running back Benny Cunningham had 77 receiving yard. All of those coming on screen passes when the Seahawks were blitzing.

Seattle’s front four is very good at getting pressure without blitzing. Richard has to learn to trust his pass rushers on third and long and protect against the screen passes.

Richard will figure all of this out. This was his first time calling plays in a game that matters. He is also working with a great defensive mind in head coach Pete Carroll. I have no doubt that his play calling will improve quickly.

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