The struggles of the Seahawks offensive line are no secret to anyone who has seen the team play to this point in the season.
Protecting Russell Wilson has been a particular problem as he’s been sacked on a league-high 11.1 percent of his dropbacks and he’s failed to get a pass off 22.8 percent of the time he drops back to pass. The sacks account for some of that, but so do the times when Wilson decides to run.
The Seahawks want to be sure that Wilson isn’t deciding to do that more often because he’s worried about the pressure. While offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell acknowledges that “hits kind of take their toll” on quarterbacks, he wants Wilson to trust that the protection will be there.
“You’ve got to continually trust those guys,” Bevell said, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. “You really can’t say, ‘OK, I got hit on this last time, I’m going to get hit again.’ You just have to say, ‘I trust them.’ Because the one time that you decide, ‘I’m not going to trust them,’ or start to do something, that’s the time — you know it’s like a brick wall and you have throws down the field. So you have to continually remind yourself that that’s not happening every play. And it’s just communicating and talking about it.”
It’s a sound plan, but, as Mike Tyson once said, plans last right up until the point you get punched in the face. The Seahawks’ offensive plans haven’t been holding up through the punches, which is something they’ll need to solve if they want to push their record back over .500 and stay there for the rest of the season.