In my story today, while quarterback Russell Wilson has shouldered most of the blame for Seattle currently sitting at last of the league in passing offense, the receivers, pass blockers and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell also have to shoulder some of the responsibility.
Seattle’s execution on third down has been the key issue. On third-down plays, when experienced quarterbacks usually thrive, Wilson is a league-worst 11 of 27 (40.7 percent) for 77 yards, one touchdown and one interception – giving him a 45.4 passer rating on third downs.
“The biggest area we’re struggling is third down,” Bevell said. “That’s not a secret. The good thing is we only had nine of them (Sunday at St. Louis). The bad thing was, we only converted two of them. And there were seven of them, I think, that were … 4 yards (or less). So we’ve got to do a better job there.”
710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 18-yard touchdown run in this video link.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes about the similar issues that Cam Newton faced as a rookie that Russell Wilson is now going through this year.
Rivers McGown of Football Outsiders has a nice breakdown on Russell Wilson’s struggles in locking onto a primary target and missing open receivers.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports talks to Warren Moon about how he’s helping Wilson get through the adversity he’s dealing with as a rookie.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seattle rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner is flying under the radar, but playing well in his first season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com also focuses on Wagner in his practice report for Wednesday.
Roy Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer writes that Russell Wilson is headed home to where he played his first three years of college at N.C. State, and expects up to 50 family and friends at the game in Carolina on Sunday.