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Hawks OC Darrell Bevell talks no-huddle

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm with 10 Comments »
October 5, 2011 4:32 pm

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell explained the reasons for his unit’s success moving the ball with the no-huddle, pointing to Seattle’s ability to establish some rhythm, play fast and think less, which benefits his young offense.

Bevell also said one of the reasons that quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been successful in the no-huddle is because he knows the offense from his time in Minnesota, and gets the rest of the players lined up quickly and in the right play according to what the defense is doing.

“It’s not a frantic thing,” Bevell said. “We’re setting the pace – at which pace we want to go at. There were times that we were in it, and then we jumped back in the huddle, came out and went for a couple more plays and then came back to the huddle.

“And it did help with converting third downs. We had more manageable ones obviously. And I think that helped as well.”

Bevell also talked about the affect no-huddle has on the defense’s ability to substitute and match the offense’s personnel on the field.

“The way the league has the rules, when you substitute they’re going to slow it down a little bit and let the defense have a fair opportunity to substitute. But if you’re not subbing you can go as fast as you want. And you saw last week – we can talk about the rules if you want – but it was hurting them. I mean there were guys that were down, that hopped back up and ran back over on their defensive side.

“So you could see that it hurt them a little bit just because the tempo was picked up. But we’re playing at the same tempo, so our guys have to be in great shape to be able to handle it, and to continue to go up and down the field at that pace.”

The other obvious question is does Seattle have enough plays in the no-huddle package to sustain a diversified offensive attack for the entire game?

“If you asked that question probably three ago, it was probably no,” Bevell said. “But as you continue to do it, like we did in that second half, then you need to grow. And so we grew it a little bit from two weeks ago for last week. … But we don’t want to go too fast and have too much because. … the more you give them, no you jut bog them back down again. So that’s the fine line that we’re fighting with a little bit.”

Here’s the injury report.

For Seattle, offensive lineman Robert Gallery (groin) is out.

Safety Kam Chancellor (quad), defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (hamstring), tight end Zach Miller (knee), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and receiver Mike Williams (concussion) did not practice.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) was limited participant in practice.

For New York, cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot), center David Baas (neck), linebacker Michael Boley (knee), running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), defensive end Justin Tuck (groin/neck) and cornerback Corey Webster (personal) did not practice.

Defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (ribs) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) were limited.

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  1. Well at least they could run some in each quarter if not enough to do a game!!

    they better not wait until the 2nd half!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Overall I really don’t care for the no-huddle, but if that’s what it takes (in moderation) to ignite this offense, then do it. But I sincerely hope it does not become a staple. I can’t think of a championship team that has ever relied on it.

  3. bird_spit says:

    Anything to build confidence in the team. Maybe the no huddle will be the gimmick to be competitive in the EST.

  4. Duke, may not have won a championship but Buffalo of the early 90’s used it a lot. You can’t use it all the time but it’s a good weapon to have. Hopefully it hasn’t succeeded just because the other teams were ahead and loosened up their defense.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Peyton Manning has been very successful with different variations of the no huddle throughout his career, and Hasselbeck has done very well when he speeds up the game.
    xcmans right about not waiting for the second half to do it.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    natedog – Those Bills teams were exactly what came to mind as I wrote that.

    The Colts are an interesting offense in how they use a high-tempo rhythm. They essentially run every play out of 3 formations. I would guess they change less personnel per play than any team in the league. That helps with consistency and keeps the playbook wide open when they choose to go no-huddle. That’s something Seattle’s offense (or really any other team in the league) does not have the ability to do.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think we have the younger,(and hopefully),the more conditioned team to make the no huddle work well.
    I hate it when an opposing defense makes constant line substitutions on the line and our O-line can’t because it’s important to keep those five players together.
    At least with the no huddle we can limit the defenses substitutions, forcing them to to suck more air that they will need when they get road graded by are younger, bigger O-line.

  8. confucious says:

    I think scripting should be out until this offense learns both the playbook and the nfl. Know the first play and take it by down and distance from there. It gives not only tjack but the oline as well, the ability to think in the moment.

  9. Palerydr says:

    Time of Possession and Turnovers, tired cliches but true, will be the deciding factors in this game. Hawks get an easy score or 2 and keep their(Hawks) defense off the field they will have a good chance to win this game. Right now they are second worst in the league(35:28 a game) a min ahead of the Colts in TOP. That has to change or the Defense is gonna wear down and start to get more inj due to being on the field too much.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    confucious – I would argue that scripting plays to open a game is Integral to learning the playbook. I think the last thing you want is a young and inexperienced player thinking. Let him react to what he’s prepared himself for and build on that.

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