Seahawk offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has heard a steady diet of this question most of this season – when are you going to open up the offense?
Well, apparently he’d had enough, because Bevell was the most animated I’ve seen during his weekly interview session every Wednesday.
“I don’t know if that just means throwing it all over the place, and throwing it 15 times in a row,” Bevell said. “If that’s what it means – probably not.
“It’s not who we are. We’re not New England. We’re not going to turn it into – unless you’re down 20 points – where you’re just going to throw it 20 times in a row.”
Bevell said it plainly – Seattle’s identity is pounding the football on the ground, and that’s not changing as long as Marshawn Lynch is on Seattle’s roster.
“We are a running team,” he said. “And we run the ball well, but it sets up a lot of other things for us. And I mean to have Marshawn and be able to put the ball in front of him, it helps a lot of things.
“Rather than just having Russell (Wilson) just drop back three, five, seven steps and have our guys just stand there and protect, that’s brings other issues on that may start to show up. When you establish the run, or you’re known for the running game, now you have all the different types (of throws).
“You have the movement game where we get him (Wilson) out on the edge. We have play-action passes, where we put it in front of Marshawn and try to get them to react to the run, and then get shots and things over their heads. And the protection a lot of times gives you a little more time to be able to do that. So it’s just kind of the philosophy of who we are.”
Bevell did say that he likes how Wilson is moving within the pocket, and feels like he’s developed a better pocket presence over the course of the season.
“I think Russ just gets better each and every time he’s out there,” Bevell said. “He grows with situations. It usually only has to happen once to him, and he learns from it. And the next time you see him make an improvement on it.
“He’s leaving the pocket with merit. For example, when the free safety (against Miami) ran right through the gap, he flipped out to his left side and threw it down to Sid –what a great play.
“But then there’s been other times when we’ve said – just sit there. You don’t have to go anywhere. Your guy might not be open, but there’s still a pocket there, and the guys are working it, so work the pocket. And he’s been able to do that.”
On the injury front, LB Leroy Hill (ankle) and DE Red Bryant (foot) did not practice today. RB Marshawn Lynch (back) and DL Greg Scruggs (oblique) were limited.
For Chicago, LB Lance Briggs (ankle), TE Kellen Davis (ankle), WR Devin Hester (concussion), WR Alshon Jeffery (knee), G Chris Spencer (knee) and CB Charles Tillman (ankle) did not practice.
RB Matt Forte (ankle) was limited, and DT Stephen Paa (shoulder) and OG Edwin Williams (shoulder) were full participants.