Darrell Bevell has high hopes for Jimmy Graham

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After the 2012 season, the Seahawks decided that they needed a playmaking receiver in order to get to the next level. And while Percy Harvin didn’t do much to get Seattle to the Super Bowl, his impact on the 43-8 win over Denver was obvious.

After a loss to the Patriots in the next Super Bowl, the Seahawks decided that they need a big target to whom a fade pass could be thrown when, for example, the offense has moved to the doorstep of the end zone for a potential Lombardi-deciding score and a trio of 300-pound linemen have been dispatched to clog the running lanes.

That’s the point that comes through the loudest and most clearly in an excellent item from Peter King of TheMMQB.com regarding the decision that flipped momentum like it never had flipped before in crunch time of a Super Bowl. The crossing route that was blown up both by former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner preventing a pick/rub/whatever and current Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler pouncing on the throw became the choice because the Seahawks didn’t have a big target who could go to the back of the end zone for a touchdown-or-incomplete proposition.

They now do, via the arrival of Jimmy Graham.

“He’s added a new dimension to our offense,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell told King. “He’s been amazing. Awesome. He’ll help on third down, help in the red zone. In some of those areas you feel like he will be able to be a big factor. I think he will have the effect that you imagine a tight end would, pulling some coverage, and maybe changing some stuff for guys outside and guys other places as well.”

Baldwin and other receivers may not like that very much, in the same way they supposedly didn’t like the arrival of Harvin. But if they’d gotten the job done with the season on the line, the Seahawks wouldn’t have targeted Graham.

To Bevell’s credit, he has abandoned the notion that receiver Ricardo Lockette could have done more to get to the ball, calling it simply a great play by Butler. Still, if Lockette had gotten to the ball (or if receiver Jermaine Kearse had gotten past Browner to apply the pick/rub/whatever to Butler), the reaction possibly wouldn’t have been to bring in Graham.

56 responses to “Darrell Bevell has high hopes for Jimmy Graham

  1. Worst call in Super Bowl history. Of course, they did have the 6’3″ Matthews who caught everything thrown his way sitting on the sidelines. Bevell choked.

  2. Yeah, but Jimmy disappeared in parts of the last 2 seasons. I know the stats says he played 16 games in each of the last 2, but I was there and he was ghost. Another thing, there is no way he’s even going to get half of the targets he got in NOLA, while in Seattle. He’ll be blocking and you’ll probably find that’s not his strong suit, he’s a WR, remember not a blocking TE.

  3. Jimmy Graham is soft. He’s no longer playing in a candy-a$$ division. He’s going to get hit hard and hit often. By the end of the season he’ll be all beat up.

    And they still should’ve run the ball.

  4. It will be funny to read all of the positives written by Seahawk fans, the same ones that called him “soft” among other things all of last year….

  5. Wow. Lots of haters here. Bottom line? You all in trouble again. Back to back to back Super Bowl trips!

  6. Bevell stinks. He ALSO cost a SB shot in 2012 for Hawks when he had 2 bonehead 4th down calls at the 10yd at Atlanta (didn’t give beast the ball). Down 20-0 at half, hawks stormed back but lost with 30 sec’s left 30-28. Easy win in SF & a beatdown vs Ravens. Hawks could be going for 4 SB’s in a row. 1 is still cool

    It’s COACHING calls, NOT talent on the field.

    ALL Tight ends are SOFT when playing a healthy Hawk secondary, Vernon Davis included. Gronk beat a LB because Kam had a mcl issue.

    Graham could TORCH anybody but Seattle and was labeled soft to get under his skin. It’s all part of gamesmanship. Smack talk…

    Does it really need to be explained?

  7. Unless JG has suddenly learned how to block this was a wasted move. 55 catches 650 yds and 8 tds and RW in traction due to no blockers up front – good luck with that.

  8. Let’s please get it straight. The Seahawks did not go out and “get” Jimmy.

    The Saints contacted the Seahawks because they wanted Unger. During that discussion, Seahawks wanted a trade of personnel and Saints offered up Jimmy.

    So it wasn’t some mad, evil genius of Pete and/or the GM. It was the Saints…and we know what we’re doing.

    Pete said in an interview last week that they were not going to change the offense for Jimmy and “make the same mistake” they did when they got Harvin and that they would be a run-first team.

    So that means that they are not going to utilize Jimmy properly, based on his skill set, just like they didn’t use Harvin properly.

    Jimmy’s #s will nosedive and the Seahawks will once again grace the bottom of the passing pile (#27 in 2014).

  9. Unless he’s targeted often like he was with Brees he’s going to disappear and just like a running back he has to be in a rhythm.

  10. pick plays are illegal. it’s lame that so many teams use them regularly without refs batting an eye, and you’re discussing them as if the seahawks should have done a better job executing an illegal play. defensive backs have it bad enough with illegal contact, holding, or PI being a possibility on every play. something needs to change.

  11. Willson or Matthews couldn’t run a fade? Wilson couldn’t roll out and make something happen or throw it away? Shut up Bevell. You called a play that you never ran in that situation all year, with a 5′-10″ QB throwing the ball into a lot of traffic. That pass could have been picked off numerous ways besides how it was.

  12. Butler made a great play on the ball and from the early looks in training camp there will be many more in the future by him.

  13. Graham is going to suck so bad without Brees. What a scrub. I guess since he wasn’t asked to block that means he can’t. And I guess since Seattle will ask him to block that means he won’t be able to catch passes anymore. Salty troll logic at it best.

  14. Here’s why Seattle has appeared in the last two Super Bowls…

    They’re always at/near the top of the league in explosive plays. Everyone on here talking about how Graham won’t have as big an impact as he did in New Orleans; you just don’t get it. Seattle doesn’t have to lead the league in yards to win games. Rather, they understand that timing and opportunity are key. Make big plays when they’re needed and when the opportunities present themselves. Graham is yet another weapon added to their explosive play arsenal.

    Keep hoping your team throws it’s way to a Super Bowl folks. Meanwhile Seattle will keep controlling the clock and wearing down opponents with a devastating run game, to set up league-leading explosive plays via play-action when 9 guys flood the box to stop Lynch. And Graham will be a huge upgrade down the seam in those situations. Seattle will take 50-60 catches and 10-12 TDs from Graham just fine. Because he’ll have far more significant catches than he would catching 5-10 yard hitches 90% of the time, from a spread offense.

  15. If I’m a Hawks fans I wouldn’t get overly excited about this. Sure, he will get some catches and a few td’s but he is a horrible blocker and loses interest at times. The o-line is a glaring weakness for the Hawks and losing your center who was responsible for calling protection plays is a huge loss IMO.

  16. Saints = 1st Round pick (starting MLB), Probowl Center Max Unger

    Seattle: 1 Dimensional TE that tends to get hurt a lot and disappears against mediocre CBs

  17. Graham is going to do well in Seattle.

    He’s one of the only options both 6′ Brees and 5’11 Wilson can see over the OL.
    So his first option from the pocket would be Graham.

  18. Everybody will talk about jimmy graham disappearing on the hawks. What they should be wondering is how good is the saints backup center. Max is awesome but the Hawks had to play with a backup way too often

  19. Jimmy got handled by a CB who’s a foot shorter than him, Aquib Talib. Shut Jimmy DOWN. Pissed every Saints fans off. Graham should have tossed him like a rag doll. So, good luck with that. Unger is a BOSS. Love the trade.

  20. Jimmy got handled by a CB who’s a foot shorter than him, Aquib Talib. Shut Jimmy DOWN. Pissed every Saints fans off. Graham should have tossed him like a rag doll. So, good luck with that. Unger is a BOSS. Love the trade.

  21. That infamous play was

    10% Malcom Butler making a good play
    5% Ricardo Lockette not fighting for the ball
    5% bad throw by Russell Wilson
    80% Darrell Bevell failure like most critical moments

  22. I don’t understand why teams needs to try bash their former player to feel good about a trade.

    Max Unger is a stud when healthy, he just hasn’t been for 2 years straight. His snaps were going erratic and we had to know who the back up C was 8 games a year. If he can be healthy he will help Bree’s because the offensive line checks will be taken care of.

    Jimmy Graham has basically destroyed the number one defense in practice. In the red zone, he is said to have half the touchdowns. I understand he won’t be in as a pass happy scheme but if he can put up 10 TD’s in a season. Defense’s won’t be loading the box for Lynch or to blitz Wilson.

  23. Who was the TE blocking for the Hawks in 2013? 2014?

    If Luke Willson can torch Arizona & SF, what will Graham do?

    The Hawks have difficulty scoring in the red zone. Now Wilson runs around and lofts balls to Graham who comes down with TD’s.

    Do you realize that Drew had the #27 ranking in YARDS PER COMPLETION? Brees was a surgeon with the SHORT throws to Graham. Graham will now increase his YPC because of Wilson’s houdiniesque abilities. i.e. ability to get 20 yds downfield and easily outjump a smaller DB (honey badger? ha ha ha)

    Does this really need to be explained?

  24. That’s some terrible deductive reasoning. THE Hawks have been looking to have two Tests with difference makers some they Carroll arrived. Carlson got hurt right after they acquired Miller. Then Miller was forced to mostly block due to terrible o-line play at the same to me A. McCoy kept getting hurt. Also, the Hawks were able to take advantage of the Saint cap problems & a strained relationship with Graham after the franchise tag dilemma last year. All of that combined with there being no decent TEs coming into out of college for years made the decision to get Graham a no-brainer. Sure they would have liked to have the presence of Graham against the Pats on the 1 yard line, but that had very little to do with the decision to aquire one of the only difference makers at TE in the entire league.

  25. Jimmy had a shoulder injury last year and did tough out the season. All this talk about him just blocking this year is funny. You don’t trade for an elite TE who makes $10 mil a year to have him block. I bet he gets 10-12 tds

  26. It’s always funny to see fans of a team trash talk their former players. I know I’ve done it with Percy Harvin, but he kinda deserves it. Someone above mentioned Graham disappearing at times over the last two years.. Yeah, when he played the Seahawks. Seattle defense shut down Graham and gave Drew Brees the worst games of his career. So, yes, we are aware that teams can effectively shut down Jimmy. We’re not unaware of that. But the same can be said of any player on any team. People just have bad games occasionally. And we know he’s not great at blocking, which is why that is his main focus in camp and practice.

    But the fact remains that JG is a real talented player. The Seahawks don’t need to redefine the offense for Jimmy because we typically try to involve TE quite a bit anyways. So Graham SHOULD improve the reception totals for the TE group.

    And it’s hilarious to read comments about Seattle lack of a real passing game, because the focus is on the run anyways. And the Running game has gotten the team to 2 straight superbowls. So, yeah, if you want a trophy for having 5000 yards passing, there you go. We’ll settle for the Seahawks making deep drives in the post season on a fairly regular basis. And, if Jimmy Graham works out better than hoped, maybe we’ll see Russell Wilson’s passing numbers climb up to you silly standards. Who knows. After all, it’s still only the preseason.

  27. Here is some math for the second guessers on The Call.
    -The Pats had goal line plus 3 corners. Each CB on a receiver.
    -This leaves 8 defenders against 6 blockers. Wilson and Lynch don’t count because they are in the backfield. The goal line package is designed to plug holes, then shed the blocker and react to the ball carrier.
    -I don’t know the odds but I ‘d guess maybe 50% Lynch scores fro that spot in one play, maybe because it is him it is 40%. One play is the key. It often takes 2 or 3 shots to run in from the 1 yard line.

  28. I propose that we make September 24 a national holiday to mourn the anniversary of the replacement refs’ poor call against the Packers.

  29. The only question I’d have for Bevell is, how the heck are you not fired after your boneheaded moronic play calling? I just don’t get how you still have a job in the NFL? Notice how not one team came calling for your services during the off season?

    Does Bevell have something on PC or the organization? Why is Bevell still here? I’m not gettin’ it!

  30. Hey Trolls – Seattleis pursuing their 3rd straight SB. No team has ever accomplished that in the salary cap era. Your team isn’t, so suck it!

  31. You don’t trade for an elite TE who makes $10 mil a year to have him block.
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    Elite TE that makes $10M and can’t block? LOL

  32. justafacts2014 says:

    Unless JG has suddenly learned how to block this was a wasted move. 55 catches 650 yds and 8 tds and RW in traction due to no blockers up front – good luck with that.
    ———————————————————-
    Ah yes, the familiar “Russell Wilson will get injured” refrain, reposted from 2012. In 3 seasons and over 60 games. He hasn’t missed a single play.

    Not. One. Play.

    14-2, Super Bowl victory. Just fill in your brackets now.

  33. Hey Trolls – Seattleis pursuing their 3rd straight SB. No team has ever accomplished that in the salary cap era. Your team isn’t, so suck it!

    ============

    The Patriots are the only team in Salary Cap era to win three SB’s in a row in as many appearances. It only matters when you win. The Seahawks did not win last year.

  34. The Patriots are the only team in Salary Cap era to win three SB’s in a row in as many appearances. It only matters when you win. The Seahawks did not win last year.

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    Well if cheating and fair play is taken into account. The Patriots are left with 0 Super Bowls. Didn’t the Bucs win 2003 Super Bowl??

  35. skawh says:

    The only question I’d have for Bevell is, how the heck are you not fired after your boneheaded moronic play calling? I just don’t get how you still have a job in the NFL? Notice how not one team came calling for your services during the off season?

    Does Bevell have something on PC or the organization? Why is Bevell still here? I’m not gettin’ it!
    ______________

    AMEN! And it’s not just the superbowl play call, it’s been his overall play calling since he’s been here. It’s so boring and predictable that it drives me insane. If I can sit there and predict what play is coming with pretty good accuracy, I guarantee the professionals on the opposing team can do it a whole lot better than I can.

    I cross my fingers and pray every offseason that another team out there is stupid enough to take Bevell off our hands. But it never happens. Nobody wants him and for some reason, Carroll sticks with him.

  36. Here come the 1-2’s beating their chests! The self glossed preseason champs once again. Bandwagon wheels will be falling off mid season.
    The ball can’t bounce their way three years in a row.

  37. I don’t think there is a Seahawks player, coach, or fan who doesn’t have high hopes for Jimmy Graham! I know my expectations are high!

  38. I have one problem with The Call and it is not that Lynch did not get the ball. Lynch, or any RB, is not “automatic” against goal line D. The better call would have been play action to Lynch and a roll out by Wilson. This opens up a number of options for Wilson but it is 20/2o hindsight. SF made a fatal error in SB against Ravens at end of game when they tried a set play, a fade route if recall correctly. The better call would have been to utilize the athleticism of Kaepernick (similar to Wilson). This is easy to see in hindsight but it does not take into consideration the circumstances. Under extreme pressure most coaches will not go to an ad lib play with a young QB. Seattle opted for the lowest risk highest reward scoring play they though they had with the personnel that they had available to them. Belichick upped the ante, out of the box, by throwing all of his chips on a stop. And it worked.

  39. longlasting2824 says:
    Aug 20, 2015 2:50 PM
    Hey Trolls – Seattle is pursuing their 3rd straight SB. No team has ever accomplished that in the salary cap era. Your team isn’t, so suck it!

    ============

    The Patriots are the only team in Salary Cap era to win three SB’s in a row in as many appearances. It only matters when you win. The Seahawks did not win last year.
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    A Pats homer, aka cheater, thinks NE appeared in, and won 3 straight SB’s, AFTER being gifted to its first SB by the infamous “tuck rule” in the 2001 season, displacing the Raiders from the SB.

    Wrong cheater. Tampa Bay beat Oakland in SB 37 played in 2003.

    Leave it to a NE homer to attempt to fudge facts. You can’t give NE an inch.

  40. On a roll here. If MMQB’s must replay the SB put your focus on the dead ball TO that Seattle called after the Kearse circus catch. That mistake changed the entire strategy for both sides. Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Favre, Brees etc etc (omission of the other greats not intentional or personal) do not call a TO in that situation. The clock is stopped, are you kidding? No way. They are signaling to the side line and running down to set up and take a quick shot at a TD. If necessary take the 5 yard delay of game. Save the TO. Wilson wasted a TO earlier in that drive as well. There were a few Seattle brain farts on that drive before The Call. If that is not enough: Sometimes stuff just happens, like a receiver catching a prayer of a throw against his helmet. In this last SB amazing stuff happened, but the better coach and QB put their team in a position to make that possible. This time fate favored them. It is what it is.

  41. Problem is: he’s got Russell Wilson throwing it to him now instead of Drew Brees – big difference.

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