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Morning links: Hawks lean on play-action

Post by Eric Williams on June 24, 2013 at 8:14 am with 20 Comments »
June 24, 2013 8:14 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, hands off to running back Marshawn Lynch, left, during a drill at NFL football minicamp, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, hands off to running back Marshawn Lynch, left, during a drill at NFL football minicamp, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Good morning. First off, I want to give Dave Boling a shout out for handling blog duties last week while I was on furlough.

Also, I will be filling in for Dave Grosby this afternoon, joining host Bob Stelton on ESPN 710 Seattle from noon to 3 p.m. I think we will be talking Seahawks, among other things, so tune in if you have time this afternoon.

Mike Ridley of Football Outsiders notes that the Seahawks used play-action 35 percent of the time, No. 2 in the league behind Washington (42 percent).

It will be interesting to see how much this number changes in 2013, particularly with the addition of Percy Harvin. We could see the Seahawks go with more of a quick passing game to get the ball into the hands of playmakers like Harvin, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin using three or five-step drop, instead of the deep drops on play action fakes.

The Real Robinson Report checks in with some outtakes from the Seahawks offseason program.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle reviews the linebacker position for the Seahawks, with the team shifting to an emphasis on youth and speed at the position group.

ESPN’s John Clayton talks with Russell Wilson about his offseason plans in this audio link.

Tom Robinson of The Virginian-Pilot also has a short Q&A with Wilson.

ESPN’s Mike Sando places Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson No. 3 on his projected top 10 list of quarterbacks in 2016. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post ranks the top 20 receivers for fantasy football. Seattle’s Percy Harvin is No.8 on the list.

Oakland punter Chris Kluwe argues for the inclusion of specialists like former Raiders punter Ray Guy into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a guest writer for Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column at Sports Illustrated. It’s an entertaining read.

Morning links
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Welcome back, Eric. Dave did a great job while you were gone.

    I would actually be surprised if Seattle got too far away from play-action. When a team is as committed to the run as they are, and run it so effectively, I see no reason to let the defense off the hook. Continue to freeze the linebackers because I think one can use play-action and utilize intermediate and shorter passing concepts.

  2. RDPoulsbo says:

    I agree with Duke. With everyone in the national media claiming there’s a big hole with no speed guy at WR, they seem to forget most of the plays over the top came off play action that froze the safeties. With the successful running game, defenses are forced to cheat up to the line.

    Harvin does bring an added element that helps them go back to the roots of the WCO, but I’d suspect the scheme stays fairly similar to what we saw last year until defenses prove they can stop it with some consistency.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    Welcome back, Eric. Hope you enjoyed the “vacation”. Will you be calling out your boy Brendan Ryan on the radio should the M’s come up?

    I would expect play-action to remain a big part of the offense. There no reason not to use it if you’re running the ball well. It wouldn’t surprise me if it dropped some from 35 % though.

    Ran across this again. Still good for a laugh in a slow football week. Here’s another rant too.

  4. montanamike2 says:

    Yes welcome back Eric. I changed my position on Tebow making the Pats, they’re going to need him to lean on “spiritually” to make it through the season. How many days until camp begins?

  5. Good to have you back, EW, and good to have you on the radio today. Tell Bob Skelton to close his yapper and let you talk Seahawks for awhile.

  6. raymaines says:

    Off subject, but…

    Yes! Please tell Bob to ask his question once then shut up. He and Brock both drive me crazy with all the extra verbiage.

  7. I can listen to an NFL QB like Brock talk all day no problem, and I can listen to a Seahawks beat writer talk as long as he wants, but I agree that the other radio yappers should shut it.

    How much you wanna bet Skelton will spend three hours asking Eric about whatever Richard Sherman or Harbaugh said lately, instead of talking football?

  8. CDHawkFan says:

    Thanks for posting Nate, classic stuff. While I take our Hawks seriously and Monday’s at work are tough after a loss, I’m glad I don’t end up like that guy.

  9. Yep, Eric never reads the comments section on the newspaper.

  10. seahawksteven777 says:

    A bit off topic but is anyone actually afraid of the 49ers offense? They have Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, and some unproven guys that have never really taken a snap in the NFL. That really doesn’t scare me at all, especially give our secondary.

    Then you have Frank Gore, who is starting to slowly decline. LaMichael James isn’t much more than a scatback. Kendall Hunter is decent though.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong, but their offense just doesn’t scare me at all.

  11. The Niners have an exceptional offensive line. That can make a difference, and even a mediocre back can seem better behind a bunch of horses.

  12. Their offense and d-line are pretty stout, but I don’t really see them as a threat to the Hawks either. Also, for some reason I feel Kapernick won’t have the same kind of impact as he did last year while Wilson I feel is about to take his game to the next level. Go Hawks.

  13. “Is anyone afraid of the 49ers offense?”

    The 49ers don’t need an offense that is scary all by itself. They will score a lot of points off what their defense creates. The Seahawks have also been doing this for a couple years now. The 49ers D is still the best in the NFL until someone proves differently. We put a dent in them last year, but we need to beat them in SF before we can claim we are better.

    Besides their D, I think the Niners O line is one of the best. Now that they have Kaepernick, they couild become more dangerous, but there are also some warning signs that the Niners may weaken this year. Their receiving corps might take a step back, and if Gore falls off at all at 30 years old they could have trouble keeping pace with the Seahawks and Rams.

    Among the Seahawks, Niners, and Rams, I think the Niners have the biggest risk of falling back this year, while the Seahawks and Rams will both surge forward. That said, Niners are still division champs until we take it away from them.

  14. Great show, Eric, enjoyed listening in for a few hours. I’d have to say what stuck out most to me was the discussion on Jim Harbaugh and the reactions to his comments on the Hawks and “cheating”. He’s set the bar so high up there in SF that all it’ll take is one player testing positive for those words to really come back and hurt.

    Not to say the bar shouldn’t be set high when it comes to things like PED use, but there’s a point where you have to realize that mountain you proclaim yourself king of can crumble at any time.

    Could just be Jim Harbaugh being Jim Harbaugh with his words and provacations, but we’re talking about a culture of performance enhancement that isn’t exclusive to any one club.

  15. “The 49ers D is still the best in the NFL until someone proves differently.”

    Seattle was #1 in pts. allowed in 2012. You ask any coach around the league and they will tell you that pts. allowed is the #1 statistic that they care about. So how could S.F. be the best when clearly they were behind the Seahawks in this category?

    We don’t even know what kind of defense they will be in 2013. They lost their only all-pro in the secondary, and while a rookie like Eric Reid offers some hope there is very little guarantee that he will hit the ground running and make DaShon Goldson forgettable. I am also starting to see some signs that Pat Willis might be slowing down, and Justin Smith’s injury to his triceps is also something to keep an eye on. That is an extremely important muscle in the game of leverage, which is a key component to Smith’s game. It’s part of how he hooks onto guys and holds double teams the way he does, which then allows Aldon Smith to wreak havoc. That two part component is critical to S.F.’s success and we’re starting to see just how average Aldon Smith looks without Justin to protect him.

  16. HonHawksLSB says:

    God I love The Real Rob Report! He was on Sirius NFL radio today and made the drive from Charlsetson to Greenville a little more enjoyable. He definitely has a career waiting for him after football ends in media. He sounded way better then Ralph Vacciano and Bruce whateverhisname.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree HonHawksLSB.

    I used to be a Real Rob critic, however I have slowly warmed up to his reports.
    Cool inside stuff imo.

  18. montanamike2 says:

    Agreed that without Goldson their secondary isn’t very frightening, Without Justin Smith Aldon looks pretty tame.
    Also agree that at the moment their O and D lines look better but that might soon change in our favor.

  19. montanamike2 says:

    This is an awesome rivalry going that even the rest of the country is watching. I will enjoy all the tantrums Harbaugh throws when we play them.

  20. PFF had 36.1% of RWs snaps being play action, compared to 39.9% for RG3.

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