It has become very apparent over the last couple of years that the Seattle Seahawks have failed to adjust when defenses take the big play away. Essentially, it’s what ruined their 2020 season and more importantly, what got Brian Schottenheimer fired. Over the last week, Pete Carroll harped on running the football more. I personally thought Alex Collins was going to have a big game on Sunday.
They finished the game with 26 passing attempts and 19 rushing attempts. Although it doesn’t seem that off-balanced, the passing and running game never felt congruent with one another. The Seattle Seahawks have found profound success with the over-the-top play in years past. It seems that similar to last year, they are forcing the issue rather than taking what is given to them.
With two high safeties, the Seahawks are playing into the hands of the defenses by dropping back and looking for the big play. Their offensive line isn’t good enough to consistently hold off the pass rush and with everyone covered, Wilson either has to create magic or take a sack. That just simply isn’t a winning formula.
One of my suggestions would be to use the legs of Russell Wilson. I know he is coming off a finger issue, but his athleticism alone can keep drives alive. Another would be to get the ball out real quick. We somewhat saw this in Week 11 as Wilson looked for Gerald Everett in the short game. They can also do that with Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. This allows for a 3rd and short as supposed to 3rd and long. I think we will see more of that as the season progresses.