There’s been many complaints from the Seattle Seahawks faithful about the team’s conservative play calling on offense, with many directing their ire toward offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
Seattle is last in passing yards for a second straight week, averaging 127.7 yards a contest. The Seahawks are averaging 19 points a contest, tied for 26th in the league.
But Seattle head coach Pete Carroll took the blame for Seattle’s struggles on offense.
“I really think this is me holding the lid on it right now,” Carroll said. “And I’m overseeing all of that, and making sure that what’s more important to us is that we take care of the football – more than anything. I don’t care about the yards.
“And the thing that we’re concerned about is we’ve got to convert on third downs. We did a poor job on third down, particularly in the second half. And we have to get better there. But as it fits together, we’re growing.
“He threw the ball down the field beautifully, gave us a couple chances up the sidelines. He had a great pass to Golden (Tate). He’s got the throws in him, and we’re just going to emerge as we really feel good and confident about everything we’re doing. It wouldn’t be any different if Matt (Flynn) was playing. We’d feel the same way. I don’t know what would happen production wise, but we’re just trying to grow around the style of this football team, that gives us a chance to be really physical and really tough and don’t give up anything.”
Seattle has a +2 turnover differential, and has only turned the ball over twice this season. Seattle is 29.3 percent on third downs.
Bevell said there has been a handful of times where he would’ve liked to see Wilson hang in the pocket a little more and stay with the play. And as Wilson gets more comfortable with his command of the offense, the coaching staff will open the playbook up.
“In this game, they were a couple times where Russell probably could have stayed in the pocket and bought a little bit more time,” Bevell said. “So that’s still a work in progress. There’s improvements that we can make, and as that goes I think you’ll see some of that start to happen.”
While Wilson has left the pocket too soon sometimes, what Bevell likes is his ability to extend plays with his feet to create explosive plays, particularly at the end of games when Seattle is trying to move into scoring position.
Twice Wilson has led Seattle’s offense down the field in late-game situations, giving them a chance to win. He was unsuccessful against Arizona, but got the job done against Green Bay.
“We do have a rookie quarterback,” Bevell said. “We have a great defense. We have great special teams. We can run the football. We can protect the football. And all of those have been a great recipe to win the game.
“And that’s really what the bottom line comes down to – winning the game. You can say their ugly wins or beautiful wins – however they are, they’re wins. And that’s what our goal is.”
On the injury front, Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin (shoulder) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring) returned to practice today, and were full participants.
“I feel good, but a little anxious,” Baldwin said. “I’ve got to tone it down a little bit because I’m just so excited to be back finally feeling near 100 percent healthy.”
Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (pectoral), offensive guard John Moffitt (knee) and defensive tackle Gregg Scruggs (wrist) did not practice.
Coming off the Monday night game, the Seahawks were just in jerseys and no helmets, as Carroll tried to give his team another day to get their legs under them.
For St. Louis, defensive tackle Matt Conrath (knee), safety Matt Daniels (hamstring), running back Steven Jackson (groin), defensive end Eugene Sims (illness) and offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (knee) did not practice.
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers (ankle) and offensive tackle Wayne Hunter (ankle) were limited participants