The Seattle Seahawks are rejecting the idea they’re a run first, ball control defensive team. Russell Wilson and his crew are looking like an offensive power that, oh yeah, also has a defense. In the last two games, when Wilson was under center, Seattle scored on nine consecutive possessions totaling 55 points. Had Steven Hauschka not missed a 53-yard field goal to end the first drive of the second half against the Chicago Bears, the streak would be at 10 and still growing.
Wilson has completed 30-of-39 passes for 360 yards and two scores this preseason. He’s run nine times for 61 yards and three scores. He’s on a roll with the Midas touch; everything’s turning gold for R-Dub.
Jermaine Kearse got involved against the Bears to the tune of four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Christine Michael proved he can run it and catch it with a seven yard receiving score. Rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson has five catches this preseason, but is yet to showcase his explosive speed.
Seattle has the silliest number of weapons on offense I can ever remember. The Kearse, Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin trio has ridiculous potential. Since the day Seattle signed Harvin, I’ve been daydreaming of formations and plays.
Picture Harvin split left with Zach Miller off left tackle. Marshawn Lynch is behind Wilson. Baldwin and Kearse are wide right. Harvin goes into motion behind Lynch. At the snap, Wilson fakes to Lynch, who looks for blitzers before heading to the left flat. Miller chips the left end before running a short crossing route. Harvin runs to the right flat and looks for a quick pass. Meanwhile, Kearse runs a deep post and Baldwin slants left, crashing his defender into Miller’s.
A pump fake to Harvin and everything’s in motion. Wilson has numerous passing options, can bootleg left or cut it back up the middle as defenders react to the Harvin screen.
Last year, I never got to see this. But this season, I think lots of misdirection is in the works. Pete Carroll‘s offense is not as conservative as everyone thinks. Since Wilson’s first game, when he passed for 153 yards and Seattle ran 33 times in a 20-16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Carroll has given him more and more freedom with the offense. His progression from game manager to gunslinger has been steady and incremental.
The dial keeps turning, notch by notch, from Your Grandpa’s Football to Your Wildest Dreams. The Seahawks have all the parts in place to produce big-time offensive numbers.