DK Metcalf on Seattle’s offensive struggles: “Teams just started to figure us out”

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As the Seahawks try to figure out how to improve their offense, receiver DK Metcalf has some ideas.

Teams just started to figure us out,” Metcalf told former NFL receiver Brandon Marshall on the I Am Athlete podcast. “We’ve been running deep pass, ever since Pete [Carroll] got there. Play-action. Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, go deep. Teams just said, ‘We’re just not gonna let you all go deep.'”

Metcalf’s remarks suggest two things. First, he’s passing along a narrative he heard from someone whose presence on the team predates his. The 2019 second-round pick has picked up that characterization from one or more other Seahawks players, possibly including quarterback Russell Wilson. Second, it reflects an implicit frustration regarding the inability of the offense to counter the steps taken by the defense to neutralize an attack.

Metcalf, and presumably others on the team’s offense, believe things have been too simple, too easy to figure out, too unimaginative when it comes to getting the ball in the hands of playmakers, like Metcalf. And they’re not putting it on the offensive coordinator; they’re pointing a finger in the general direction of the head coach.

11 responses to “DK Metcalf on Seattle’s offensive struggles: “Teams just started to figure us out”

  1. Carroll thinks if you keep things simple the players will play faster and make more plays. That’s great at USC where he had more talent than everyone else. It didn’t matter how simple things were, they just ran over everyone. It doesn’t work that way in the NFL!

  2. If Pete Carroll things the solution is to run more, things will get ugly in seattle quickly, no matter how good Russell Wilson is.

    Clearly, they need a lot more innovation than just run, run, run, pass deep. Look around just the rest of the NFC west–49ers, Cardinals, Rams all have coaches that are known for innovative offensive design. They better find a OC with some fresh ideas or they are going to be left behind. Defensive can keep you in games, but I don’t know if defensive with an average offense will cut it moving forward. Especially if the defense isn’t all that great at times.

  3. Translation: Our OC was BAD

    Seattle needs a good OC. Hire Adam Gase and do the opposite of what he says.

  4. I think when Malcolm Butler intercepted Wilson, they were a little too predictable and easy to figure out.

  5. Successful NFL offenses all have on key characteristic – the ability to change the tempo of a drive on any given down. Another thing is the Seahawks offensive line hasn’t been THAT bad but they are not capable of giving Russ the 3-4 seconds in the pocket for a play to develop. In a well run west coast offense, the ball should be moving horizontally in well under 2.5 seconds from snap to release. It’s an immense pressure release valve for O-lines and puts the pressure on 2 deep defensive schemes. There’s no need to go full 2 minute all the time but changing up the pace and executing quick, short horizontal routes will go along way to getting the run game on track and opening up the vertical threat for guys like Metcalf and Lockett, proven weapons for Russ to target.

  6. Wow…trying to connect Wilson to this. You know…he may have heard this from someone else…I am certainly not saying it is Brett Favre…but I can’t prove it isn’t…or Montana either…not saying it wasn’t him…

    What poor journalism, especially considering how Wilson wanted to keep the OC who was continuing to try to go deep.

  7. According to Robert Saleh, who is now head coach of the Jets, the Seahawks have two types of passes, a quick short one and a deep pass. It is not hard to figure out. The hard part is trying to stop it while Seattle is able to run the ball. Because of injuries to Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny the last two seasons, Seattle slumped near the end of both seasons, when teams no longer had to worry about the run. Arizona blitzed often in the second half of the first regular season game after Carson was injured and won the game in overtime after coming from behind.

  8. The Seahawks already know the offensive play call issues and are currently looking to fix them. DK is just stating the obvious.

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