Seahawks think they have a “good problem” with running back depth

AP

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after Sunday’s loss to the Rams that first-round running back Rashaad Pennybusted out” by running 12 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.

On Monday, Carroll continued to rave about Penny but one of the other topics of conversation was how to build on a breakout performance. Those 12 carries represented Penny’s heaviest workload of his rookie season and the change came about because the Seahawks were playing without Chris Carson.

Carson, who has a hip injury, leads the team in carries for the season and Carroll said that he expects to have him back to face the Packers this week. Mike Davis is on hand in the backfield as well, which leaves the team with a balancing act to sort out.

“When everybody’s healthy, not everybody’s going to get the ball a lot,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “That’s just the way it goes, so we’ll figure that out. You’ll see how it comes together. It’s a good group, it’s a good problem. Not a great problem for the running backs, but it’s good for us and we’ll try to make the most of it.”

The Packers have given up at least 123 rushing yards in each of the last four weeks, so whoever Carroll and company decide to roll with should have a good chance at success.

17 responses to “Seahawks think they have a “good problem” with running back depth

  1. Our Packers will be more than willing to give these RBs plenty of yards in their run game. We don’t have a choice. Because we don’t have a defense.

  2. “Garbage” Packer defense has just as many sacks as the “ferocious” Viking defense does. Viking fans have plenty of time on their hands as GB prepares to play their third game since Mini played one.

  3. seahawkboymike – I’ll answer that…Yes, a resounding yes. He’s a 1st round pick who has had 1 good game and talent wise hasn’t shown he’s even to the level of Carson and at best he’s Mike Davis level. If that’s not a blown 1st rd draft pick then there really is no such thing as 1.

  4. This is a pass-first league, everyone knows that. The Packers have a very good and very young pass defense. Teams are running against them because the Packers give them very little choice in the matter.

  5. Russell Wilson is the concern as far as game planning Seattle’s rushing game.

    Penny and Carson are decent backs, but not players you game plan for. They can be contained without a lot of stress on the defense.

    Seattle’s defense is still pretty good. Offense is very average. Wilson can hurt you, if you let him.

    Will be a tough road game. I like Green Bay’s chances.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  6. oreoflorio says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    A Pete Carrol backfield is terrible for fantasy owners. The guy is a master of subterfuge and ambiguity.
    ……………………………….
    You forgot to add their TEs and WRs to your rant. It’s simple, don’t pick any Seahawks for your fantasy team. They are anti-establishment/video game football.

  7. stellarperformance says:
    November 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    This is a pass-first league, everyone knows that. The Packers have a very good and very young pass defense. Teams are running against them because the Packers give them very little choice in the matter.
    _________

    Or people aren’t passing on them because it’s so easy to run on them.

  8. Here’s the thing about Seattle’s offensive line: they can absolutely maul you in the running game. If you look at their 3rd down conversion % though, they’re one of the worst teams in the league. Why? They still can’t pass block very well, so Wilson is still running for his life when the defense knows he has to pass…which manifests itself in 3rd and long situations. As for Penny: he is absolutely not a bust. The kid oozes ability and big play potential. He got hurt in camp and Carson/Davis have been money, so he slid down the depth chart. But he’s definitely the future for Seattle at RB and his future is bright.

  9. They have a bad problem at quarterback. Russell Wilson fits what Bill Walsh said about Steve DeBerg after benching him in favor of Joe Montana: “He [DeBerg] plays just well enough for you to lose.”

  10. omeimontis says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    They have a bad problem at quarterback. Russell Wilson fits what Bill Walsh said about Steve DeBerg after benching him in favor of Joe Montana: “He [DeBerg] plays just well enough for you to lose.”
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    WOW!!! You are soooooo right, Ome. I just never realized it before. Russell Wilson is just like Steve Deberg. Man, so spot on it’s creepy…

  11. The only problem with Seattle’s 3rd passing offense are the play calls. In the right situation (down/distance) play action gives Wilson plenty of time to throw any route you want your guys to run. But when it comes to third and 8 (or more) this O-line cannot protect long enough to make those medium to deep routes work.

    You HAVE to be calling plays that require Wilson to throw the ball quickly. If he has to go through more than two of his progressions the pocket just crumbles around him. The way to do make it work is twofold. You either throw the slant routes or you throw a fade route. If there was one thing Bevel did well as the OC it was calling the fades and slants. Wilson and Kearse were dominant on the slant routes, while Wilson and Baldwin excel at the fade routes but this year it has been rare to see either on 3rd down.

  12. “You HAVE to be calling plays that require Wilson to throw the ball quickly. If he has to go through more than two of his progressions the pocket just crumbles around him.”

    You’re right – but, do we have receivers than can get either get quick separation, or go up and get it over a good CB? I think the answer is no on both – and that’s why the longer patterns. And then KamtheChancellor is right – on 3rd and long, our O-line can’t hold their blocks long enough (that’s if they don’t get blown up immediately), and the whole thing goes to cr@p.

    That’s why our offense can run pretty crisply when things are working right – but if anything goes wrong – a negative run play, a penalty – we are sunk. We can be good on offense, but our margin for error is tiny.

  13. “That’s why our offense can run pretty crisply when things are working right – but if anything goes wrong – a negative run play, a penalty – we are sunk. We can be good on offense, but our margin for error is tiny”

    Exactly. All those penalties destroyed us in charger game. And there have been ones in the past like bucs game in 2016.

  14. omeimontis says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    They have a bad problem at quarterback. Russell Wilson fits what Bill Walsh said about Steve DeBerg after benching him in favor of Joe Montana: “He [DeBerg] plays just well enough for you to lose.”
    +++
    The only problem with your train of thought, beside you, is that Wilson is much better than DeBerg ever was.

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