In this piece, I will take a look at what sort of offensive production we can expect from the Seahawks in 2021. Will it be a run dominant offense or will Russell Wilson be allowed to cook?
With an extended 17 game season in 2021, who will contribute what to the overall output of the offense? One significant change since last season is the arrival of new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, so what difference will that make to the production of the Seahawks offense?
Will it be positive or negative?
The Seahawks Shane Waldron Factor
The Seahawks front office and coaching staff seem set on convincing us that they want to follow the traditional establish the run to facilitate the passing game plan. For me, that does not tally with hiring an offensive coordinator whose coaching roles have all been working with receivers and quarterbacks to maximize the passing game.
I can see Waldron developing a much more diverse scheme that allows plenty of opportunities to run the ball, but also allows the star of the show, Russell Wilson, to take an even greater role in leading this offense.
I think Waldron will work with Wilson on shortening his drop back on a number of snaps to allow for quicker decision-making before Wilson finds his target and hits him. This will also reduce the need for the offensive line to provide the level of protection Wilson requires as they will have to do so for a shorter period of time.
Some good work has been down on the offensive line in the offseason, but a shorter Wilson drop back and quicker decision-making would also help. This may also lead to increased output from Wilson on the ground as he seeks to exploit openings as a result of quicker decision-making.
With Rashaad Penny returning from injury and the arrival of speedy rookie D’Wayne Eskridge to the 2021 roster, we could see more so-called gimmick plays added to the playbook, such as end arounds, screens, etc.