Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 May 2009

Can an NFL Team Be Elite If It Has a Run-Heavy Offense and a Cover-Two Defense?

Casey Greer at bleacherreport.com contends that the answer is "No". He believes that the Seattle Seahawks are going to be this kind of team in 2009 and argues that they shouldn't be. Danny O'Neill, writing on the Seattle Times Seahawks blog, puts in his $0.02 on the Casey Greer article.

Casey Greer article: "Seattle Seahawks: Mora and Knapp's Scheme Changes Could Lead to Losses"

Danny O'Neill blog entry: "Seattle's run-pass combination under the microscope"

Hat tip to Mike Sando's NFC West Blog at espn.com where I first saw the link. --Jay

Posted by: jayinalaska on 15 May 2009

4 replies , Last at 05 Jun 2009, 7:46pm by D

Re: Can an NFL Team Be Elite If It Has a Run-Heavy Offense
by tuluse :: Wed, 06/03/2009 - 12:39pm

You mean like the 2005-2006 Bears?

I don't think the Seahawks have the personnel for run heavy offense, that and possibly a lack of overall talent will keep them from being elite.

02 Bucs
by D :: Wed, 06/03/2009 - 2:38pm

How about the Super Bowl winning 2002 Bucs and their league leading 34.0% DVOA?

Re: 02 Bucs
by ammek :: Thu, 06/04/2009 - 2:32pm

The 2002 Bucs didn't have a run-heavy offense. They tied for 23rd in the league in rushes (vs 11th in pass attempts), and scored just 6 rushing TDs.

Re: 02 Bucs
by D :: Fri, 06/05/2009 - 7:46pm

You're right. When I was looking up the teams stats, I looked at completions instead of attempts. I stand corrected.

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