Chris Carson and company
For those that do not recognize him, that is Marshawn Lynch, AKA beast mode pictured above with Wilson. So do the Seahawks need a power running game as part of their scheme? No, but it helps. In the super bowl winning season, Lynch averaged 104.5 scrimmage yards per regular season game, 81.6 yards per game rushing, and just over 1 TD per game. In the Super Bowl, he only recorded 39 rushing yards and 1 TD.
In his four seasons to date, Chris Carson averages 89.8 scrimmage yards per game and 0.62 TD’s per game. Whilst the yardage is a bit down on Lynch’s production in the super bowl season, the more notable difference is in TD production. Which might bring us back to that passing play against the Pats, rather than being able to punch it in on the ground.
So for me, opposing teams feel they can too easily defend running plays in the red zone against that Seahawks and this is something that needs to be addressed as part of a revised scheme for 2021.
Russell Wilson was 2nd in red zone passing stats behind Aaron Rodgers last season, whereas the first Seattle RB you find in the red zone rushing stats was Chris Carson at 51st!
The Seahawks have to find a way to run the ball in the red zone in 2021. One alternative to a red zone running game into use tight ends as receiving weapons, this is even more the case in 2021 than it was in 2014/15 with the greater emphasis on the passing game.
Whilst I may not be the biggest fan of the Gerald Everett acquisition cost-wise, maybe the Seahawks will scheme him plenty as an athletic red zone threat.