Video: Seahawks 2016 offense to have less run emphasis?
By Keith Myers
The guys at 120Sports think the Seahawks are going to open up the passing game this season. They have the personnel to do so, but it is still unlikely to happen.
In the video above, the guys from 120Sports tell us why they think the offense for the Seattle Seahawks is going to take off in 2016. While I agree with most of what they have to say, I think they are overestimating just how much the Seahawks will pass the ball next season.
They are right about one thing: Seattle’s offense was more efficient and more prolific last season once the Seahawks decided to let Russell Wilson throw the ball more. Part of that had to do with the offensive line improving, but a bigger part was simply the team not taking the ball out of its best player’s hands.
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Interestingly, the Seahawks appear to be leaning toward continuing that trend next season. We may be entering a brave new era where the Seahawks open up the offense and chuck the ball around. Then again, these are still the Seahawks, so probably not.
There has been some belief that the Seahawks would go back to the heavy-run offense that they’ve used in the past. Doug Baldwin even said as much a month ago.
Pete Carroll’s recent comments seem to indicate that the Seahawks are going to put the game more on Wilson’s shoulders like they did at the end of last season. While that would be an unexpected change, it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad one.
The Seahawks certainly have the personnel to become a passing team. Jimmy Graham, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett make for an imposing trio of weapons for teams to try and cover. Add in Jermaine Kearse, a healthy Paul Richardson and an bunch of promising young pass catchers and you have a potentially explosive offense.
Plus the Seahawks picked up a pair of running backs in the draft that specialize in helping in the passing game. CJ Prosise is an ex-receiver with great hands, and Zac Brooks is a shifty athlete that is just as comfortable lining up in the slot as he is behind the QB.
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The Seahawks roster is built to become a passing offense. The coaching staff on the other hand, is still headed by Pete Carroll and Tom Cable. With those two in charge, the Seahawks are almost certainly going to remain a run-first team.