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Hawks running game: What to expect

Post by Eric Williams on June 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm with No Comments »
June 3, 2009 12:23 pm


Some have questioned during the offseason how the Seahawks switch to the zone blocking scheme will improve the team’s running game, and whether or not Seattle has enough depth at running back to produce a quality running game in 2009.


Based on his uneven performance last season, some also question Julius Jones’ ability to be the team’s workhorse back, while others are unsure how much T.J. Duckett will contribute in his increased role.


The team’s depth at running back is under scrutiny, with smallish running backs Justin Forsett and Devin Moore, and now with Tyler Roehl suffering a knee injury.



Those are all valid and fair questions heading into this year. But one thing you cannot argue with is the success offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has had running the ball with his version of the West Coast offense.


As has been stated earlier when Knapp was officially hired, Knapp-led offenses have finished in the top-10 in rushing wherever he has coached, including stints in San Francisco, Atlanta and Oakland. And because of the situation at quarterback with experienced hand Matt Hasselbeck leading the charge, I think Seattle’s offense will more closely resemble Knapp’s time at San Francisco than his stints in Atlanta and Oakland.



I believe if both Jones and Duckett stay healthy, the Seahawks will finish in the top 10 in rushing. Knapp has shown a commitment to stay with the run throughout his career. And teams will have to respect Seattle’s weapons in the passing game. Further, Knapp does a nice job through formation, personnel groupings and alignment in creating ideal running situations for his team.


Let’s take a look at the individual rushing breakdown for each offense Knapp has coached while an offensive coordinator.


San Francisco


2001 (12-4)

RB: Garrison Hearst — 252 carries, 1,206 yards, 4 TDs, 4.8 ypc.

RB: Kevan Barlow – 125 carries, 512 yards, 4 TDs, 4.1 ypc.

QB: Jeff Garcia – 72 carries, 254 yards, 5 TDs, 3.5 ypc.

FB: Fred Beasley – 23 carries, 73 yards, 1 TD, 3.5 ypc.


2002 (10-6)

RB: Garrison Hearst – 215 carries, 972 yards, 8 TDs, 4.5 ypc.

RB: Kevan Barlow – 145 carries, 675 yards, 4 TDs, 4.7 ypc.

QB: Jeff Garcia – 73 carries, 353 yards, 3 TDs, 4.8 ypc.

FB: Fred Beasley – 26 carries, 75 yards, 0 TDs, 2.9 ypc.


2003 (7-9)

RB: Kevan Barlow – 201 carries, 1,024 yards, 6 TDs, 5.1 ypc.

RB: Garrison Hearst – 178 carries, 768 yards, 3 TDs, 4.3 ypc.

QB: Jeff Garcia – 56 carries, 319 yards, 7 TDs, 5.7 ypc.

RB: Jamal Robertson – 32 carries, 136 yards, 0 TDs, 4.3 ypc.


Atlanta


2004 (11-5)

RB: Warrick Dunn – 265 carries, 1,106 yards, 9 TDs, 4.2 ypc.

QB: Michael Vick – 120 carries, 902 yards, 3 TDs, 7.5 ypc.

RB: T.J. Duckett – 104 carries, 509 yards, 8 TDs, 4.9 ypc.

FB: Justin Griffith – 9 carries, 39 yards, O TDs, 4.3 ypc.


2005 (8-8)

RB: Warrick Dunn – 280 carries, 1,416 yards, 3 TDs, 5.1 ypc.

RB: T.J. Duckett – 121 carries, 380 yards, 8 TDs, 3.1 ypc.

QB: Michael Vick – 102 carries, 597 yards, 6 TDs, 5.9 ypc.

FB: Justin Griffith – 15 carries, 65 yards, O TDs, 4.3 ypc.


2006 (7-9)

RB: Warrick Dunn – 286 carries, 1,140 yards, 4 TDs, 4.0 ypc.

QB: Michael Vick – 123 carries, 1,039 yards, 2 TDs, 8.4 ypc.

RB: Jerious Norwood – 99 carries, 633 yards, 2 TDs, 6.4 ypc.

FB: Justin Griffith – 19 carries, 106 yards, 1 TD, 5.6 ypc.


Oakland


2007 (4-12)

RB: Justin Fargas – 222 carries, 1,009 yards, 4 TDs, 4.5 ypc.

RB: LaMont Jordan – 144 carries, 549 yards, 3 TDs, 3.8 ypc.

RB: Dominic Rhodes – 75 carries, 302 yards, 1 TD, 4.0 ypc.

QB: Josh McCown – 29 carries, 143 yards, O TD, 4.9 ypc.


2008 (5-11)

RB: Justin Fargas – 218 carries, 853 yards, 1 TD, 3.9 ypc.

RB: Darren McFadden – 113 carries, 499 yards, 4 TDs, 4.4 ypc.

RB/FB: Michael Bush – 95 carries, 421 yards, 3 TDs, 4.4 ypc.

QB: JaMarcus Russell – 17 carries, 127 yards, 1 TD, 7.5 ypc.


Looking at the stats above, I think a reasonable expectation for Julius Jones is 250 carries for 1,100 yards, 4 touchdowns and a 4.4 yards-per-carry average. And for T.J. Duckett a reasonable expectation is 150 carries for 500 yards, 8 touchdowns and 3.3 yards per carry. Are those estimates too high or too low? Let me know in the comments section.

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