Based on what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at rookie minicamp, he is confused a bit by Seattle’s new offense. And that is a great thing to hear.
I realize saying that makes Carroll sound like he wouldn’t know how to defend the offense and this isn’t quite the case but an offense that seems simplistic but has layers of nuance with the ability to do different things out of only a few formations means a defense really has no idea what’s coming.
That a great defensive coach like Carroll would have issues defending an offense if he has capable defensive personnel (which the Seahawks should have in 2021) means that Seattle should have a very productive offense this coming season.
Seahawks offense should be good this coming year
"It’s very intricate and very precise. That (simplistic) is not the right way to describe it. It’s beautifully thought-out. It’s got such a complimentary makeup to it, that’s why I fell in love with what (Waldron) was bringing. It really makes sense, it’s really smart, our guys have to really work hard at the discipline to execute it in the right manner. There’s a lot of terminology. It won’t look as much different as it sounds to us because the system that we’re putting in to make sure that we can utilize all of the variations and the complements that are packed in here, so it’s not a simple offense at all. I wouldn’t give Al that much credit, either."
New offensive coordinator Shane Waldron’s system will be based on his time with the Rams. Los Angeles has been an issue for the Seahawks defense since Sean McVay become the Rams coach in 2017. With Russell Wilson being the Seahawks quarterback, Waldron’s offenses should cause problems for other NFL defenses.
The question becomes just how well Waldron can call his own plays (he has never done so before) and how to get the best out of Wilson. Waldron was the passing game coordinator for the Rams and Seattle’s receiving group is very talented.
Basically, if Carroll cannot clearly explain the offense then that means it is more difficult to figure out than former OC Brian Schottenheimer’s was. Seattle failed at the end of the 2020 season and a big reason was the offensive ineptitude. That shouldn’t be an issue this season.