The Seahawks’ offensive scheme does, indeed, flow better without Wilson
Perhaps the most infuriating thing about watching the Seahawks of the past few years was just how often the offense would appear completely out of sorts and lacking any sense of tempo, which is exactly what led to Seattle’s messy divorce with Russell Wilson.
Those struggles appear to have largely been ameliorated, as Seattle’s offense, despite running eleven fewer plays than Denver, managed a very respectable 26 minutes of possession. Moreover, the Seahawks’ first six drives were all at least six plays long, a far cry from the popular run-run-pass-punt meme that characterized the Seahawks’ offense since 2017.
Rashaad Penny ran for a full five yards a pop, despite carrying the ball just 12 times, Geno Smith was 23-for-28 with no turnovers, and best of all, the Seahawks rarely moved backwards on offense. The passing game was nowhere near as explosive, which is to be expected when you move on from quite possibly the greatest deep thrower of all time, but the offense was simple, effective, and functional.
As the son of a mechanic, it holds eternally true that the best car is the one that runs, and even if the Seahawks’ offense is more of a Toyota than a Ferrari, that will suit Pete Carroll’s purposes just fine, and if Carroll continues to turn that formula into winning football, that should suit Seahawks fans pretty well, too.