Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Oct 2012

Protect Russell Wilson by Turning Him Loose

Our friend Kevin Pelton has more thoughts on Russell Wilson. The Seahawks are running a lot on first down to try to protect him, but perhaps that's the wrong strategy, and they need to think more about zigging when the defense expects a zag.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 22 Oct 2012

6 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2012, 12:04pm by nuclearbdgr


by Kal :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 5:24pm

This is a nice analysis of something brought up by local Seattle reporters - the offense is so very, very boring. There was a stretch of something like 3 games where at least 2 quarters of the game went precisely run,run,pass on every first,second and third down. Like clockwork. This seems like a problem with Bevell more than anything; I remember this being an issue with TJax as well.

by Insancipitory :: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:23am

I thought it was something they were doing to try and help the offensive line. Get as many runs in as possible, let them get their hands defenders where they seem more confident. Ah, to have Walter Jones find a fountain of youth and knees.

by P (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 5:43pm

Run, run, screen/swing pass on 3rd and long is very, very Bevell.

by DisplacedPackerFan :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 6:05pm

Blame Barry Alvarez. That's what he did with the teams Bevell QB'd at Wisconsin. Bevell won two Rose Bowls doing that with Brent Moss at running back.

Wisconsin still plays that way so he must figure that Wilson is used to it.

by NYMike :: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 9:20am

Wisconsin did not play that way with Russell Wilson at QB. They were a devastating play-action passing team. RW has tremendous ball-faking skills, which are useless on 3rd and 8.

by nuclearbdgr :: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:04pm

Bevell won the 1994 Rose bowl (and the Hall of Fame Bowl the next year against Duke) - the back to back Rose Bowl wins were in 1999 and 2000 with Ron Dayne