Doug Baldwin: Players, not playcalling, to blame for offensive issues

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Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin acknowledged Monday that significant changes are coming to the team after they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 “because the trend we’re on now is not good.”

Baldwin didn’t want to talk too much about where he wanted those changes to come, but he did say he doesn’t think offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell should be involved. The Seahawks had 24 yards at halftime of their season-ending loss to the Cardinals, which they remedied with a better second half that illustrated the erratic performance of the offense over the course of the season.

“I can’t say it,” Baldwin said, via the Seattle Times. “My job is to protect the team right now, and I’m doing a poor job of that. How can I say this? It’s not playcalling. It’s not playcalling. We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively, that’s what we’ve seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter us, Bev is not the problem. Probably already said too much.”

The lack of a consistent rushing attack was certainly a problem for the Seahawks this season as quarterback Russell Wilson became the first quarterback to lead his team in rushing since the merger. Baldwin didn’t offer a direct solution to that problem, but it is one that’s sure to be a focal point as the Seahawks put together next year’s team.

27 responses to “Doug Baldwin: Players, not playcalling, to blame for offensive issues

  1. Remember when the Seahawks fans were bragging about a dynasty? Good times … good times.

  2. More than half of Seattle’s offensive plays go “off schedule” when Russell does his sandlot scrambles. That’s what causes their wildly inconsistent offense. He’s right, it’s not Bevell, it’s the way the quarterback plays.

    The odds favor offenses who stay on schedule. It’s simple math.

  3. not a Seattle fan but have come to respect this guy…always plays hard and is an old time baller…he’s right about it (non playoff team) being on the players…

  4. redlikethepig says:
    January 2, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Remember when the Seahawks fans were bragging about a dynasty? Good times … good times.

    At least they don’t have to resort to cheating and rely upon the league and the refs to win Super Bowls.

  5. .

    ” If you don’t have an offensive line, you don’t have an offense”…. Bill Belichick

  6. Wilson’s sandlot scrambles make him look great but hold the offense back. I would much rather have Tom Brady’s quick release on every play, than a handful of “great” plays every game.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 8:56 am
    redlikethepig says:
    January 2, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Remember when the Seahawks fans were bragging about a dynasty? Good times … good times.

    At least they don’t have to resort to cheating and rely upon the league and the refs to win Super Bowls.

    I know, Denver right?

  8. Russell Wilson had gotten so used to the offensive line being horrible that even when they gave him a clean pocket this season, he’d run out of it and freelance. It became the norm, and you can’t win consistently that way. When your QB doesn’t trust 5 or 6 guys – fully half of his team on the field – to do their job, then the offense is not going to work whether they do their job well or not. That OL was never good but it was sometimes not bad and still Wilson wouldn’t trust the pocket and run the called play.

    So yeah, they have needs talent-wise, but they also need coaching to re-teach Wilson how to be a pocket passer. The league and game is designed for pocket QBs. Now you have teams improved in that division – SF and LA – plus the Cardinals about to re-tool. Seattle needs to make some changes.

  9. I agree that Wilson’s freelancing hurts the team. When your qb leads the team in rushing, that indicates, to me, that he is missing reads and not confident in his ability to hit receivers unless they are completely open. His first instinct is to tuck the ball and run, while praying that someone will come open and allow him to throw a jump ball 30 yards downfield. For Seattle to become, once again, successful, they must develop discipline, starting with the qb. The number of penalties, particularly, those of unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct, false start, off sides, etc, are a sign of lack of discipline. That is a direct result of coaching.

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Jealous of what?

    The Giants own…

    …the number 2 overall pick. But hey, at least the Brownies broke your fall so you’ve got that going for you. How sadly obsessed you are, trolling the Pats on a Seattle thread…smh.

  11. There are two plausible reasons why players did not perform.

    1. they are subpar players so the blame goes to the front office

    2. they are not coached properly even though they are good players.

    Dougie, take your pick. LOL

  12. The O line is so awful that the run offense is garbage.

    Pass protection is so bad that Wilson get sacked multiple times per game, even though he is very good at avoiding sacks by throwing the ball away and ducking pass rushers. If not for Wilson improvising, they would have lost the game against the 49ers earlier in the season when they trailed late and he did nothing trying to be a pocket passer. In fact, Seattle thought that Wilson is so good at avoiding sacks that they thought they could get away with turning undrafted basketball players into offensive linemen. To rebuild, they have to start with the O line. It won’t be easy because they also have holes in other areas, such as the defensive back field.

  13. Lost to injuries: starting LT, RB, LG, RG. On D (which couldn’t get off the field) starting CB, starting DE, starting SS. They lost a couple of back-up DL and the kicker lost 3 games for them. Injuries, penalties, mistakes. The difference between 9-7 and 12-4

  14. Injuries is part of the game. That is why they have a 53 men roster and 10 players on the practice squad. If Green Bay did not lose Aaron Rodgers they might have won their division and have a bye week. If Minnesota lost Case Keenum to injuries they would have missed the playoffs. Seattle is not a 12-4 team because they lost to Green Bay to open the season even when they had everybody healthy. Their O line was bad against Green Bay. It was bad last year and not very good in 2015 either, after they allowed James Carpenter to leave in 2015 and Russell Okung to sign with Denver in 2016. They also traded away C Max Unger in 2015 for Jimmy Graham. Even if no injury hit Seattle’s O line, it would still be awful because you cannot turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

    Russell Okung was rated the best tackle coming out of college and James Carpenter was a first round pick. Offensive linemen on the Seahawk roster are either mid-round picks, or projected mid round picks drafted in the first round, or they are failed first round picks signed as free agents for too much money.

  15. The PROBLEM is that they want to RUN the ball like they still have Marshawn Lynch. Bevell hasn’t, or won’t adapt his play calling to change that! He TELEGRAPHS his play calling and has problems adjusting plays to the strengths of the players. Why not figure our some plays that gets J.D. McKissic in the open so he can USE his speed?

  16. The 3 reasons the Hawks underperformed this year are:

    1. Getting cheap on the kicking game. Certainly Hauschka is not what he was and his play declined a little bit more in Buffalo but he is still pretty consistent up to 45 yards out under pressure. Walsh saved a couple million this year but also directly lost us 2 games (Redskins and Cardinals) and missed an opportunity for OT with Falcons — all at home.
    2. Offensive Line decline. Historically this has affected our passing and made us a 1 dimensional run offense, the past two years this has killed our run game too. Which leads too…
    3. No Running Game. This alone has killed the season. Without a run game we became pretty one dimensional and streaky on offense, Bevell couldn’t call half the playbook he’d want to and most importantly we’d have to play our defense too many minutes/snaps per game which wouldn’t give them time to rest/heal.

    Fixing any one of these three and the Hawks would be playoff bound this year.

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