As a rookie during the Seattle Seahawks offseason program, Russell Wilson was immersed in a three-way battle for the quarterback job, relegated to splitting reps three ways with the first-unit offense.
The limited reps for Wilson hindered his ability to develop chemistry with the first unit, which played a role in the team’s slow start offensively.
The Seahawks averaged 17.2 points a contest through the first five games. But once Pete Carroll loosens the reins, Wilson led Seattle’s offense to 29.6 points a contest for the final 11 games of the regular season.
Wilson’s inconsistent play during the first month of 2012 is distant memory as the Seahawks completed the team’s offseason program two weeks ago. With all 11 starters from last season still in the fold, Seattle’s offense is ahead of the curve heading into the 2013 season.
“The playbook is so much more extensive from this point last year to where we are right now,” Wilson said. “That growth is really, really good. We’re basically putting in the same plays that we’ve had in the playoffs.
“That type of offense right now where we’re really intricate and really focused on the details, and when you focus on the details and continue to harp on those details, the more you’ll grow and learn, and the better you’ll be when you have those big opportunities in games. I think that’s going to give us a good chance when we get to preseason, and the regular season also.”
Center Max Unger said the offense went through installations for the team’s base plays three to four times during the offseason training program, which allowed for Seahawks to tweak and add new wrinkles along the way.
“The way we’re able to run through our drills is lightning compared to two years ago, or even last year,” Unger said. “Everyone knows what their doing. Everyone knows where they’re supposed to be, which let’s us focus on a lot of other things we should be doing.”
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will have a good problem to solve when training camp begins at the end of July – how to get the ball to all of Seattle’s talented playmakers.
“That’s why it’s important to build your foundation first – so here’s who we are, and what we are,” Bevell said. “These are the ones that we do. And then you’re just going to start adding little wrinkles along the way. And all of them are still off the core plays.”
Receiver Sidney Rice said the one thing that sets Seattle’s offense apart is having Wilson at the controls.
“We know who’s going to lead the team with Russell, obviously,” Rice said. “Everybody’s comfortable with him. The way he carries himself, and the way he studies and prepares, I don’t think we want anybody else back there. He’s taken control of this team.”
Rice added one thing that will make it easier for him to get open is having Percy Harvin on his team again.
“It’s going to be huge,” Rice said. “I know I’m excited myself. Golden (Tate) has to be excited – even Percy. He’s just going to open up things for the whole offense. With Marshawn (Lynch) in the backfield, Russell back there tossing around the rock, it’s going to be a real tough offense to stop.”