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July 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Talking offense with Darrell Bevell

We had a chance today to talk for the first time this training camp with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

I have a little bit of video below and here also are some of the key quotes of what he said:

On tailoring the offense to have some different players on the roster now: “The thing obviously during  the off-season we take a long look at what we’ve done and then we added different pieces to the puzzle and different personnel, so we are always trying to tailor the offense to the strengths of those players, so the different types of players we have will enable us to do different things, the subtle changes you are talking about, just to try to accentuate and get the ball to our best players. The good thing is we have a lot of them and there is one ball out there, we’ve got a good problem to get it to all those guys and quarterback Russell (Wilson) is a great guy to be able to do that, to be able to get all those guys the ball.’’

On if someone is playing well do you try to get him more touches: “You really love to do that but the cool thing is with all the talent that we have, let’s say somebody does start to have a big game, all the sudden they make  big changes defensively to try to take that away, you can pick your poison. There are a lot of talented players at other positions. I kind of liken it to last year where one game, some receiver has a 100-yard game and then (tight end) Zach (Miller) has a 100-yard game. It’s very tough to pick what you want to do against our offense and that’s our job as coaches to make it tough on the defense.’’

On whether Marshawn Lynch would again get 315 carries like he did last year: “We are a run football team, that sets up everything that we want to do offensively. It’s our philosophy, it’s our toughness, it’s all the things that we preach here. So whether Marshawn gets 315 carries or not we are going to be running the football with Marshawn back there, with Christine Michael, with Spencer Ware, if we’ve got to go to Mike Rob (Michael Robinson), got to go to D.C. (Derrick Coleman), we’ve got a good stable back there that we like right now.’’

On the depth at running back right now with Robert Turbin out and who would be the third-down back right now: “It’s still early, we are still letting it all play out right now. But we really do like our depth. When you have Turbo sitting on the bench right now and these two young guys, it’s great for these two young guys getting all the reps. We’re getting a good look at them, see what they can do. It’s a really strong backfield. Derrick Coleman is back there, kind of gets left out because of the draft picks that we have had. But he’s really done a nice job as well.’’

On if Ware and Robinson are essentially in the same role: “Well I can’t wait to get in there and take a look at the film from today. We know that he (Ware) is a violent runner but we have to see how that translates into the fullback position and see if he can do both roles. He looks like he can be a solid running back handing him the ball but we just need to see him running up in there and hitting people and making the adjustments he has to make at fullback. And then we have a nice dual-threat there.’’

On how it’s different than last year with Wilson having established himself at quarterback: “Russell is the unquestioned leader there on the offense with just how he took over with his personality, with his work ethic, with his drive, with his commitment. And then I think it shows out there on the field. Not to take anything away from the other guys, we have two strong veterans behind him, that’s why we went out and got those guys. But he leads everything, everything goes through them, he’s kind of the master out there for us.’’

On how Wilson is better mechanically than a year ago: “I think the biggest thing, and think obviously I’m always going to point to our offense and his knowledge  of that and the nuances he can use, there are things he is doing mechanically as far as  using his eyes, using his shoulders, and making sure that his feet are right, all those little nuances that he does, as well,. But it’s allowing  him to do that  kind of stuff because of his knowledge of our offense and when he can do it.’’

On if any of the younger receivers are making a move: “I like what I see out of Jermaine Kearse. He’s done a nice job, had a real nice catch down there in the end zone today. Chris Harper, our draft pick, he’s still learning.  He’s big, he’s strong, he catches the ball well. Phil Bates is kind of in that same mold with him. But there’s a good mix out there.’’

On the competition at guard and if there is a timetable for making a decision: “Well you’d always like to make it as fast as possible but we’ve got to let it play out for a little bit and it may go through the pre-season, we don’t know at this point. We just want to make sure that we give them a fair shake — we are all about competition here so we are going to let it play out that way.’’

On that all of those guys are guys who have played here before: “We want to see them just take hold of it. We want to see someone just grab it and be the unquestioned guy in there. It helps that we have seen them — there’s good depth there, good knowledge of our system. Everything is right there in front of them, they’ve just got to go out there and grab it.’’

On the tight end depth with Zach Miller being out: “I think it’s great for us to get a look at it what our depth is, where we are at, with Zach sitting out as well. It’s good for Zach to take a little bit of the pounding off of him and now we are getting a great look at some of those young guys seeing how they are going to fit inn for us.’’

On what they need to see from Luke Willson: “There’s a lot for him to work on, just getting a grasp of our offense and things. Right now we have had three installs and it’s just continuing to put one on top of another now here for about four more days. So to be able to grasp all the information, carry it to the field, make sure that he is making the right decision  when he is running his route or he is blocking, we want to see him block well. We feel like we know what we can expect out of him in the pass game and we want to see the speed in the pass game  but we need to see how he is going to fit in as a blocker in the NFL.’’

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