I asked Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell how he felt rookie quarterback Russell Wilson handled Arizona’s intense pass rush on Sunday in his first NFL game.
And as you would expect, Bevell said Wilson had an uneven performance.
“I think he did a nice job at times,” Bevell said. “And I there were a couple times we said that there are times you need to sit there – where he still had good protection and he maybe took off early. And of course, some of them were designed for him to get out as well. So there was probably a mix of all of that.”
I then followed up with the question of did the Seahawks move Wilson outside the pocket enough, and received an interesting answer.
“We’re not saying he’s a running quarterback,” Bevell said. “That’s really not what we’re trying to do. Obviously it’s a long season, and he’s going to take his hits and stuff. But we’re not really trying to design the thing for him to run.
“What’s probably been best about him is when he’s moved, he moved with merit. And then when he’s moved in the passing game, he’s moved to throw down the field and make explosive plays. That’s what we need to continue to do.”
Bevell went on to say that he expects Wilson to play better in the team’s home opener on Sunday against Dallas, because that’s what he’s shown since the team’s rookie minicamp in May.
“I think all we can fall back on is what we’ve had here,” Bevell said. “From OTAs when he started, to when he began training camp, to when he started preseason, to when he started the season.
“Every time he’s gone through an experience, whether it be good, or whether it be an adverse situation, he always come out better for it. So that’s what we expect.”
In terms of today’s workout, WR Charly Martin (chest) is out. WR Sidney Rice (
shoulder) (knee) and offensive tackle Russell Okung (knee) did not practice.
RB Marshawn Lynch (back) and TE Zach Miller (foot) were limited participants in practice.
Receiver Golden Tate (knee) fully participated in practice, and looked good in the plays the he was in there during team drills. DE Greg Scrugs and CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder) also returned to practice, and were full participants.
Offensive lineman James Carpenter also worked in drills during the team portion of practice for the first time since suffering the ACL injury last year, including the pass blocking drills that suffered the injury in last year.
Carpenter worked at left guard, and appears to be on track to get on the field as some point during the first half of the year.
Cornerback Walter Thurmond remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a leg injury.
For Dallas, C Phhil Costa (back), S Matt Johnson (hamstring) and NT Jay Ratliff (ankle) did not practice.
S Gerald Sensabaugh (concussion) and LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) were limited participants.
WR Miles Austin (hamstring), WR Andre Holmes (knee), CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder), RB Felix Jones (ribs), S Danny McCray (neck), RB DeMarco Murray (wrist), LB Kyle Wilber (thumb) and TE Jason Witten (abdomen) fully participated in practice.