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January 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

So how much should you worry about the offense?

If there is an area of real angst for the Seahawks heading into the NFC title game, it is an offense that can’t be said to be hitting on all cylinders the last five games — the final four of the regular season and the win over the Saints.

But while the fans may be worried, both coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson said it’s much ado about nothing during their respective press conferences today.

I wrote a little about that for the Tuesday paper and detailed some of the numbers as well as why Carroll and Wilson don’t seem too bothered.

Times columnist Larry Stone also touched on this topic, saying he thinks the Seahawks need to turn Wilson loose more against the 49ers.

The stats make it clear how little Wilson has run lately.

After rushing 80 times for 456 yards in the first 12 games of the season, Wilson has just 99 yards on 19 carries in the last five.

That downturn began with the first game against the 49ers, when Wilson had just one carry for two yards. He had eight for 50 the next week in the win at the Giants, but then just two carries for 32 yards (including a 27-yarder) against Arizona, and then five carries for minus-one yard against the Rams in the regular season finale and three carries for 16 yards against the Saints.

All of that has helped lead to the idea that teams have come up with better ways to keep Wilson hemmed into the pocket (and also executing those plans better than they may have in the past). Certainly, something to watch Sunday.

 

 

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