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Pete Carroll draws inspiration from RG3, Redskins

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Following the Seattle Seahawks Week 4 loss to the St. Louis Rams, head coach Pete Carroll was in search of answers for an offense that was struggling to find production.

The Seahawks were converting just 28-percent of their third down opportunities for the season and quarterback Russell Wilson had just thrown three interceptions in a 19-13 loss to the Rams. Wilson and the Seattle passing game had yet to throw for more than 160 yards in a game and Seattle had failed to score more than 20 points in three of their first four games.

Carroll decided to take a look at the success the Washington Redskins and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan were having with fellow rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III at the helm. Carroll went to school on how the Redskins were using Griffin and how they were relying heavily on the read-zone option offense that Griffin ran while at Baylor.

“I was impressed with how much they got out of it,” Carroll said. “…They’re way ahead of everybody else in terms of their commitment to a really college style of offense and it’s been very effective.”

In the weeks since, Seattle has added more read-option to their offense and Wilson’s productivity has taken sizable steps forward. Wilson has thrown for nine touchdowns with just four interceptions over the last five games and has three games with a passer rating of 96.8 or better. Success getting the ball in the end zone has improved as well as the Seahawks have scored touchdowns on six of their last eight red zone possessions.

Seattle has been able to continue to have success running the football with Marshawn Lynch out of the shotgun and mixing in their more traditional run game as well. While Wilson isn’t the athlete Griffin is, he does have the capability to run the zone-read option well enough to make defenses honest. Seattle then found success running play-action off the read-option to find completions down field against the Minnesota Vikings last week.

“It was a good move for me and it’s helped up a little bit,” Carroll said. “I was influenced a little bit more than I thought when I first looked at. You see some of our stuff coming to life and it’s helping us.”

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14 Responses to “Pete Carroll draws inspiration from RG3, Redskins”
  1. mazblast says: Nov 8, 2012 2:52 AM

    I’m sure Redskins fans wish the Redskins were getting as much out of the read-option as the Seahawks are getting now.

    Of course, the Seahawks have better personnel, which can make all the difference.

  2. seahawkfan4evr says: Nov 8, 2012 2:55 AM

    Now as long as receivers can catch they should be able to keep winning some games

  3. jshawaii22 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:58 AM

    Not only is he just playing much better, but he looks much more relaxed in the pocket going through his progressions and it shows.

    Give Darrell Bevel some credit for calling much better play sequences, too. A lot of us wanted him fired about week 4, and he seems to have noticed it.

    And I’ll bet Kyle Shanahan is looking at the ‘Hawks game film about now, too as it’s obvious that RW is outplaying RGIII.

    Go Hawks!

  4. cheapseater says: Nov 8, 2012 5:01 AM

    Just like Cam and Tebow. Wait for people to get some tape of what you are doing and the gimmick is up really soon. Well done for using it while it works, though!

  5. truthassassin says: Nov 8, 2012 5:39 AM

    As I’ve told other people, the problem with the Redskins is not a coaching problem, it’s a personnel problem… They just don’t have the talent right now… Their current starting wide receivers (excluding Garcon, who has been out all season) wouldn’t start on most teams and I’m not sure anyone in their starting secondary would start on another team (possibly Josh Wilson would)… However, in a couple years, I’ll say at least two more seasons, they will have more pieces in place and they will likely develop into an annual playoff team

  6. playbookofeli says: Nov 8, 2012 6:39 AM

    College style offenses work for so long, right Cam Newton?

  7. fuglyflorio says: Nov 8, 2012 7:26 AM

    College offenses get you a quick boost .. but there’s no long term success in them. If your aim is mediocrity then keep running that option stuff. Who knows … maybe every other coach in the NFL is wrong.

  8. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 8, 2012 7:45 AM

    The personnel problem stems from the coaching problem. The Skins are a mess and need changes at the top.

  9. charlutes says: Nov 8, 2012 8:54 AM

    That right there is a plan to be mediocre. Never gonna win like that in the playoffs against a Brady or a Manning.

  10. arnoldistuno says: Nov 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    Didn’t the Seahawks beat “a Brady” in a few weeks ago?

  11. jwreck says: Nov 8, 2012 12:45 PM

    fuglyflorio says: Nov 8, 2012 7:26 AM

    College offenses get you a quick boost .. but there’s no long term success in them. If your aim is mediocrity then keep running that option stuff. Who knows … maybe every other coach in the NFL is wrong.
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    What people keep calling a “college offense” is really a misnomer. An offense that involves read-option plays is simply an offense where the quarterback is relatively quick compared to the defense, meaning that it is seen in college more often than it is seen in the NFL, but it is the same offense that Montana and Young ran in San Fran and that Elway ran in Denver. Because pro-level defensive players have been getting faster over time, especially relative to pro-level quarterbacks, there hasn’t been a team or player able to perform in an offense like this since Young, but Wilson and Griffin bring an entirely new skillset to the NFL. Just because you haven’t seen it for a while doesn’t make it a joke or a “gimmick”. And even if teams learn how to shut the read-option offense down for Wilson and Griffin, they both exhibit the skills to be very dangerous traditional passers as well.

    Basically, whether it’s a “gimmick,” a pass, or just “traditional, old-school football” (which isn’t even that traditional or old-school: Archie Manning, Jim Plunkett, Fran Tarkenton, and Roger Staubach all ran “college offenses” as well), expect these guys to be around for a while.

  12. themackstrong says: Nov 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    Lets get one thing straight, the Seahawks are a zone/power run based offense. They line up in I formation more than any team in the NFL. But Bevell also has an athletic that runs a 4.55 and it makes sense to use that threat. They started running out of shotgun and keeping the defense off balance of the run threat opening up the short passing game. It’s just smart offense to use a dual threat if you have one. Wilson is smart enough to slide and get out of bounds protecting himself from damage.

  13. fuglyflorio says: Nov 8, 2012 3:30 PM

    “What people keep calling a “college offense” is really a misnomer. ”

    Nope. Even Shanahan admits RG3 is running much of the Baylor offense. It eventually fails at the NFL level … except in the minds of fanboys.

  14. jwreck says: Nov 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    fuglyflorio says: Nov 8, 2012 3:30 PM

    “What people keep calling a “college offense” is really a misnomer. ”

    Nope. Even Shanahan admits RG3 is running much of the Baylor offense. It eventually fails at the NFL level … except in the minds of fanboys.
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    Did you read anything past the first line? It has only “eventually fail[ed] at the NFL level” for the last twenty years or so. Brett Favre, Troy Aikman, Peyton, and Brady, are all in their own way departures from a previous style of NFL play, which was much closer to a so-called”college offense”, than the NFL as we know it today.

    I’m sure that back in the early 90’s, fuglyflorio Sr. was grumbling about how pure passers would eventually fail at the NFL level… “Even Mike Holmgren admits Brett Favre can’t run the read-option”

    For those who remain unconvinced, Bill Walsh believed a very quick quarterback who could scramble and run read-options was essential for running his west coast system. Clearly, his opinions are irrelevant, however, as we all know Bill Walsh was just another idiot fanboy (whatever that is).

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