Pete Carroll: Seahawks need to run more, run better

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Let Russ Cook apparently is going on the backburner after nine games with less-than-desirable results offensively and a first-round playoff exit.

“We have to run the ball better, not even better, we have to run it more,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR and PFT. “We have to dictate what’s going on with the people that we’re playing, and that’s one of the ways to do that.”

After seven games, the Seahawks ranked third in total offense and third in passing offense. Russell Wilson was the MVP favorite, ranking first in touchdowns, first in passer rating and sixth in passing yards.

The Seahawks finished the season 17th in total offense, including 16th in passing. In the final 10 games, including Saturday’s loss, Wilson averaged 223.5 passing yards per game and threw 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

He will go yet another season without an MVP vote.

The Seahawks called passing plays on around 63 percent of their offensive plays in the second half of the season, per Crabtree, even as they struggled against Cover-2 looks.

“I want to see if we can run the ball more effectively to focus the play of the opponents and see if we can force them to do things like we’d like them to do more, like we have been able to do that in the past,” Carroll said. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to run the ball 50 times a game. It means we need to run the ball with direction and focus and style that allows us to dictate the game.

“I mean I just, frankly, I’d like to not play against two-deep looks all season long next year. And so we have to be able to get that done. It’s not just the running game. It is the style of passes that will help us some, but we have to get after it a little bit differently. As it unfolded in the end of the season, it became really obvious. In the last four or five games, it became really obvious.”

Wilson had only one game over 260 yards passing in the final nine games. He was sacked 33 times in the final 10 games, including five against the Rams in the wild-card game.

The Rams, the league’s top defense, held the Seahawks to a season-low 278 yards and Wilson went only 11-of-27 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and a pick-six.

16 responses to “Pete Carroll: Seahawks need to run more, run better

  1. Run more? Superbowl Pete? What happened then? You of all people should never be caught uttering the word run

  2. Surprised to see Schottenheimer has a top ten offense since 2018. Carroll’s defense has really dropped 22nd last year and 15th this year.

  3. One thing I noticed this covid year without the 12th man in Seattle stadium. The Seahawks pump in canned booing at every call not going their way. Obvious penalties against their team with obvious replay for 100% proof. How dare those refs, they say! It’s so unfair, they whine! No other team is doing this. Bush League. Just another valid reason to dislike this franchise.

  4. Next season I think the Hawks are going to take a sizable step back in the standings next season as they’re going to have some serious holes and no draft picks in the first 2-3 rounds to & sooner or late the Devil will collect his due and take SEA down with him. Teams like AZ and SF will be MUCH better in 2021 to especially AZ with the picks they have and they’re such a young team with so many rookies and 2nd-3rd year players who are playing at very high levels and will only get better. AZ only needs to upgrade 2-3 positions and they will absolutely take off next season, Imagin DeVonta Smith added to that WR corps if Fitz retires and they pair Smith with Hopkins, Kirk and Isabella at WR starting. Kirk/Isabella both should be better next year as well.

  5. First they say they run too much – let Russ Cook. Now they say they need to run more. Meanwhile they keep trading away draft picks. Is there a pair of GM/coach more clueless? Wasting away Wilson’s career.

    Seahawk fans deserve it.

  6. Paying the game manager 35 million bucks per season is a dumb decision. He is NOT the kind of quarterback who can carry a team with his passing. He cannot consistently find open receivers down after down to keep drives going. He is not the kind of quarterback like Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. He cannot pass 35 times a game and win consistently. He needs a strong D and a strong running game to succeed.

    Because he is making so much money, the team has to fill the roster with players making the league minimum, especially in the O line and D line. That weakens the D and also pass protection. Wilson compiled a stellar record early because Seattle was playing weak opponents with a horrendous combined win-loss record. Teams were not pressuring him because they were playing for the run. Seattle started losing when Chris Carson got hurt and teams were teeing off on the game manager, knowing that he had to pass. The playoff loss to the LAmbs was typical. Carson wasn’t 100%, and Wilson hardly had any time to pass, and that was why he had a horrendous pass completion percentage. His O line is no match for the LAmbs pass rushers. Sorry folks, the status quo will continue because Seattle has not been able to draft any good linemen and the few free agent OL they signed have been busts. Even Mike Iupati is not a good signing as he is a good run blocker but he is not good at pass protection.

  7. Then WHY pay your QB so much and not invest more in your O-line?! Please….trade Wilson to an offensive minded team before he’s past his prime.

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