Any fan of the NFL knows that it is a bad idea to overlook an opponent no matter how “bad” the other team may be. To do so risks an upset and that may mean the difference between making the playoffs and watching the playoffs. Nevertheless, Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provides the Seattle Seahawks a much needed opportunity to regroup and address their offensive challenges.
It will be vital to see how Darrell Bevell, Seahawks Offensive Coordinator, and Tom Cable, Seahawks Offensive Line Coach, have strategized to overcome a porous offensive line that can barely keep defenses out of the backfield, and at the same time speed up offensive play development while still permitting Russell Wilson to run the read option.
There are five things the Seahawks must do on offense this week prove they are successfully adapting.
1. Wilson must release the ball sooner and faster. This season Wilson hasn’t had much time to let plays develop and run the read option as it was designed. He’s been too busy running away from defenders. Regardless, when he does drop back, he’s holding onto the ball too long and his release has been slow. This has resulted in Wilson being sacked 27 times this season, which is the third worst in the league.