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Bevell on creating balance on offense

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm with 18 Comments »
November 2, 2011 4:20 pm

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell discussed a hot topic this week, creating better offensive balance on offense with Seattle struggling to run the ball so far this season.

“We can do better balancing it up,” Bevell said. “Sometimes when you’re ahead in the game, then the runs start to balance up, but that hasn’t been the case.”

So has the run game regressed over the past couple weeks since the New York Giants game, Bevell was asked?

“I wouldn’t say it’s taken a step back,” Bevell said. “I mean we’ve kind of put our focus in another area, in terms of our no huddle and trying to get that going. We ran the ball very well against the Giants doing the same thing, so it’s just something we need to continue to work on.”

One of the reasons Seattle likely will stay with the no-huddle offense is because of Tavaris Jackson’s ability to effectively run it, due to his time in Minnesota in Bevell’s offense.

“Tarvaris really does a nice job,” Bevell said. “He understands the tempo we’re kind of looking for. He understands that we can speed it up as fast as we need to, but then there’s times when you’re just trying to make sure we’re doing the right thing, so you can slow it down as well. You can play many different tempos by not huddling. And I think he’s really got a good feel for that.”

I asked Bevell if he felt it was important to run the ball early in the game in order to figure out what running plays are working, but Bevell said it’s more important to move the sticks and create positive yards, whether it’s by grounding it out or through the air.

“I do think that that offensive line and the backs need to be able to get a feel for the run game,” Bevell said. “But I don’t know if that necessarily means start out with the run and pound it.

“You still have to have good plays, and positive plays. I mean, if you’re running the ball and getting four yards every time, then yeah you would continue to do it. The same thing with the pass, as long as you’re completing those then you feel like, ‘Oh, we’re in a good rhythm.’ But then when you’re not completing them, then kind of everything’s lost. You’re not completing them, and you’re not gaining a lot of yards on first down running the ball, then you kind of get stymied, and that’s when you go three-and-out.”

Bevell also talked about the issue of continuing to mix in the run, but still picking up chunks of yards when Seattle is behind, which has been the case a lot so far this season.

“It depends on the score,” he said. “It depends on how far down you are, obviously. Every time you throw, there’s a chance for a bigger play, it seems like. Not that you can’t break a run, but there’s not a ton of 80-plus runs in the league going on. So you have a better chance throwing it to get bigger chunks as well. So I guess that’s something you’re weighing all the time.”

As far as injuries, linebacker Leroy Hill (knee/hip) and tight end Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) did not practice today.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch (knee/hip), safety Kam Chancellor (knee) and receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) were limited participants, and Jackson was a full participant.

For Dallas, cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring), running back Felix Jones (ankle), offensive guard Kyle Kosier (foot) and linebacker Sean Lee (wrist) did not participate in practice.

Punter Matt McBriar (left foot) was a limited participant, and quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) was a full participant in practice.

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  1. Tompage says:

    He said what you would expect, there’re going to try anything or everything and go with that’s working. The Cowboys secondary is not very stout, if Tavaris can get it going early, we have a chance to beat the Cowboys. Tony Romo can turn into a turnover machine, so we’re never out of the game.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I’m sure he does, but Bevell comes across as though he doesn’t get understand that running the ball early, regardless of success, sets up positive yards on the ground late in games. And I understand when you fall behind by a certain margin you need to begin attacking through the air. However, let this young, big, o-line lean on a d-line 35 times a game and see what that gets you. And this no-huddle scheme as a reason they don’t run as often is absolute bullsh… Running the no-huddle has nothing to do with running plays quickly. You can run no-huddle and still run the game clock down and own TOP. Ask Peyton Manning or Jim Kelly. With that, I hate the no-huddle. It’s a trick ‘em scheme that has a history of producing very few (one that I an think of) Lombardi Trophies. Christ, Green Bay runs a so-called up-tempo offense yet they don’t run three plays on 40 seconds. This is not a sustainable scheme in the years to come.

  3. HawksKD says:

    Our running game is putrid, horrendous, disgusting. They want a power run game but refuse to run it with a lead block. I dont understand.

    You can’t run a power run game with a single set back consistantly unless you have Adrian Peterson or Darren McFadden. That’s it… Out of 32 teams there are 2 running backs built to play like that. What in gods name do they think they have in marshawn? Why do you have road grating power O-linemen attempting to push power block on one play and finesse cut block on another…

    I’m so Fu**en sick of this addiction to versatility. What is a Swiss army knife good at exactly? If I want to hammer something I’m going to get a hammer and pound it, if I want to cut something like a seatbelt, I’m going to use a knife whose job is to slice through something. And if I’m gonna screw something you better damn well believe that I’m going to get a damn screw driver instead of dinking around with a 2inch fold out POS.

    I’m sorry but we have and idea of what we want on defense. We stuck with an idea took an identity and ran with it.. AND IT’S WORKING.

    What the sh*t is our identity on offense.
    NO HUDDLE…. That’s the identity of our offense. NO HUDDLE.

    Pardon me while I punch myself in the face.

  4. HawksKD – Bravo!

  5. IdahoHawk says:

    HawksKD, LMAO… My father in law (60 yrs old) thinks the Swiss army knife is the bomb. It totally drives me nuts its the most handy/dicked up tool in the world. So onto the Seahawks, this is the hardest team to guess the outcome. They go to New jersey and win. Who would of thought that? The hawks have talent no argument there, but the outcome of the game lies on the o line. I agree with everyone on here get Gallery out move carp and make the left side dominant. DUKE I love your post would he interested to hearthe where you got football knowledge from.

  6. EyeAmBaldman says:

    I’m all for sitting Gallery, but McQuistan seemed to do OK when he was in there. He’s probably not ideal, but I like Carp at RT. I don’t want him moved now. Good grief, he’d start all at square one again.

  7. Nice to see a Seahawk on Peter King’s mid-season All-Pro team. And a safety at that. Congratulations to Earl … uh … Kam Chancellor!

    http://beargoggleson.com/files/2011/11/nfl-peter-king-midseason-all-pros-110711.jpg

  8. HawksKD – lol!

    No, the Seahawks offense does not have any identity right now. The D does, I agree, but the O doesn’t yet. This isn’t a surprise, is it? This year is about complete turnover for the offense, with what, 7 new starters? Ages of our O line: 24-31-25-24-22. No way they have an “identity” yet. They’re babes in the woods. But if we can get some glimpses of these guys figuring out their identity this year, some Tom Cable identity, that’s a big deal. Its not all going to happen in their first season together.

    I’m not sure how much blame we should be putting on Bevell. He’s working with some young inexperienced players here. It doesn’t matter what plays you call if your young guys fail to execute.

    But I’m expecting the offense to look better in Dallas. Why? Because the Bengals have underrated D lineman, and the Cowboys have overrated D linemen. The Eagles O line has problems, but they slapped the Cowboy’s D around last week. Our guys saw that film. They know they have nothing to be afraid of.

  9. I’m just waiting for 2013 when Hutch becomes a free agent:)

  10. From what I’ve seen, I think Carpenter’s best position at this point is LG. And he’s not a very good RT yet, but I believe he’s not going to be moved. We have a bunch of guys who can play LG, and nobody who can play RT. That’s Carpenter’s job to learn and that’s what they’re paying him for. It aint gonna be pretty.

  11. Bobby, in 2013 Hutch will be 36 years old. I think maybe Tim Ruskell will try to redeem himself and sign him to a 5-year contract. :)

  12. Through the first half of his rookie season, I believe that his best position is also at LG and the reason I say this is because he doesn’t have very quick feet. Even when he improves, he’s still going to be a mismatch for a team with a good/quick pass rusher creating a mismatch (why get stonewalled by Okung, hopefully, when you can run around our RT?). I don’t want this. Sure, we can win in spite of things like this, but I don’t want too many positions where we need to win “in spite” of something. Maybe I’m wrong and simply being reactionary in wanting him at LG, but I don’t think his feet lie on tape in how they aren’t the quickest in the world.

    If Hutch is only going to be 36 in ’13, then I think we should outbid Ruskell and give him a 6-year deal! Guarantee it this time!

  13. GriffinNW says:

    EyeAmBaldman
    “…I like Carp at RT. I don’t want him moved now. Good grief, he’d start all at square one again.”

    Didn’t he play LT in college? His mechanics are used to sliding to the left am I right?
    At this point, if they moved him to LG I wouldn’t even care. Yeah we spent $/1st rounder to have a guy moved to LG, but if he was to succeed there, and next to Okung, that wouldn’t be the worst problem to have.

    This won’t happen, enough talking about this, we already had posts about this, my bad…

  14. mocarob says:

    Everybody here is psycho with everything that goes wrong on this team. I want to mention a few things that seem to be going right.
    Remember this is the 3rd youngest team in the league.

    First off all you TJ is a joke guys, He has a better QB rating than Hass had last year when we won the west and he’s just getting better.
    More than 300yds in less than 3qtrs vs Cincy and a good defense. If he wouldnt have gotten hurt in NY we would have won the last 2 games.

    Remember all the anti-Browner posts from the first few weeks? No issues and no penalties lately. Sherman also did well in his first start. (we’ll see what happens vs bryant/austin)

    The D is the 3rd youngest and leading the league in pts allowed in the 2nd half.. The Dline is near the top in rush yds per attempt.

    Some of you need to get a grip on things..

  15. HawksKD says:

    Ok punched myself and got a grip…

    Look. Everything that has to do with the rebuilding process begins with a thought, an idea, a belief. That’s square one. When you have a thought, an idea, a belief you begin to form an identity. Every young developing player needs a solid foundation to begin with and build up to. They need a goal in mind to envision an end result.

    Our offense does not have that. We have not started at square one. We’re not even spinning our wheels in the mud attempting to move forwards. Our engine hasn’t started and in fact we don’t even have the key.

    We say that we want a run heavy west coast offense.

    Assesment on the “run heavy”- We have the least amount of rush attempts. We’re a 70-30 pass to run ratio team. We utilize power run features, with mixed in cut blocking. We utilize power run features with no lead blocking. We utilize power run feature when 1 out of 4 running backs are made for that style.

    Assessment on the “west coast” – A true west coast offense utilizes short timed routes. Many will argue the heart and bread and butter of a west coast offense is the inside slant. We have a QB (bless his heart for being better than anyone expected) whos most defecient throw IS the inside slant.

    Tarvaris’ strengths are not west coast related.
    3/4 of our RBs strengths are not power run related.

    I say again because it is vital for a rebuilding offense…what is our identity. Start from square one, build towards a goal. Have an idea, have a thought. And let’s get this caboose not only moving in the right direction but just plain moving.

    “No huddle” is a cop out for: “I don’t know what the f*ck were gonna do, so let’s try and catch the D with their pants down on a mismatch” great plan…….not really.

  16. Sarcasticus says:

    I think balance is important. There should definitely be as many false start penalties on the left side of the line as there are on the right. I also think if Tarvaris was a team player, he would stop going with the hard count to draw the defense offsides since that only seems to scare his own lineman into reflexive movements. I also think balance could truly be achieved with more two TE alignments. That way a target to drop the ball would be on either side of the formation.

    As far as running the ball, re-roll the debacle at Cleveland. A team averaging barely over 3 yards a carry against the ‘Hawks D continued to do it anyway. The impact and ToP could not be measured simply by that meager YPC.

    A 3 yard run to the right..a 2 yard run up the middle..a dropped pass by (insert any receiver you like here) followed by a punt is still better than …
    …false start by (insert favorite culprit here)…run to the right for 7 yards but negated by a holding penalty…dropped pass by a tight end over the middle…2 yard loss on a failed screen pass to the left…12 yard draw play…70 yard punt followed by 35 yard return

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. Great post.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    “I think we need to stay on the field more.” Understatement if the year, to date.

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