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January 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Darrell Bevell: “We have to point to ourselves and we have to try and fix the things that we can”

Seattle’s offense has been a source of a lot of conversation lately. Here’s what Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had to say when he met the media after practice today:

On Percy Harvin’s impact against the Saints: He’s electric. He just has the ability to make plays. Every time he’s been in there, whether it was the two plays that he had impact on in the Minnesota game or the few plays that he had an impact on in last game. Obviously he got a 15 yard penalty one time to put us in field goal range, the fly sweep that we did just showing the speed of how fast he can get around the corner, the great catch he made on the third down to go up and get it. He’s just doing a really nice job for us.”

On Russell Wilson’s completion percentage dropping the last five games and what is the cause of that: “There are a lot of factors that factor in there. First and foremost we are playing good defenses, and we were playing defenses that played us for the second time as well, as you look back at it. We have to point to ourselves and we have to try and fix the things that we can. It may be one little protection thing that made a move on a certain play on one. It could be a route on one, it could be the quarterback’s decision on one, there are just a number of things that it could come down to, and basically we’re working on those every day to get better.”

On what has he told Russell Wilson what he’s seen over the last five weeks or so and what he wants to see going forward: “We talk about specific things as far as our offense goes of what we’d like him to do, where we’d like him to look, how we can make every day corrections, but what we want him to do is we want him to be him. We want him to be himself and walking out on to the field today we were talking about how we have 60 more minutes for him to be able to play another game. We’re excited about that opportunity, but we don’t need to build it up any different than it is. It’s just 60 more minutes for us to play and we want Russell to play exactly the way he plays each and every day. He’s not going to work harder, he’s not going to play harder because he’s at full tilt all of the time. He’s here all of the time, he works hard at it, so we just want him to be himself.”

On if the 49ers present a unique challenge with the speed of their linebackers: “They have an outstanding defense overall. Obviously the two big guys on the end, the two middle linebackers, they’re as good as there are in the game. They play at a high level and they’re getting accolades and recognition for a reason. They’re as good as they come in all areas. They are really good tacklers, they do a great job of doing their assignment very well whether it’s contain, whether it’s rushing the passer, and just making the tackles when they need to.”

On how often the Seahawks use read option: “There are still elements of it. We definitely have some elements of it. Hopefully you can’t tell when we’re using it and when we’re not. There are times that he’s reading it, there are times he’s handing it, I’ll let you try to figure out what the percentage is of those, but it’s part of us. It’s a skillset that Russell Wilson has and we want to make sure whether it’s the threat of the zone read or the threat of our movement plays getting him outside with the design rollouts and things that we do off of our run game to help keep the defense honest and it really helps our run game when you’re trying to keep the backside from not being able to chase as hard.”

On the running game against the Saints: “We really did a nice job of covering them up. We did hit some really nice combinations. Marshawn was running ridiculous. There were times, I remember one in particular where there was a guy running free in the hole and he makes them miss and he goes for six or seven yards. It looks really good on the stats so he was running great. We had opportunities, we were able to hand it to Marshawn a lot more in that guy by game plan, by conditions, by situations and all of that kind of stuff, that also helped it as well.”

On Michael Bowie’s play against the Saints: “I think Michael did a decent job. It was really kind of the first time he played a full time in there at left guard so there are some situations that obviously he got better at as the game went on or that he will be better at this week that we’ll ask him to do. He’s really athletic and he presents some different issues for the defense with him in there.”

On if the Vikings reached out and told him that they were going with a different guy at head coach: “I did get two calls, yes.”

On all of the guys that were hired as head coaches had time because they were eliminated early and if there is a way in his mind to make that more fair: “To be honest with you I haven’t even thought about it. It’ll be cool, but it’s not even in my thought right now to really even go there with that question I guess.”

On how were the calls: “They were messages. I got a call from both the GM and the owner so I thought it was real classy of them.”

On if he believed that moving Michael Bowie to different offensive line positions was a risky move: “Yeah he played a number of games for us already. We had the situation, obviously you know with three of our five guys that have been out at certain parts of the year and then we had different combinations of guys. [Michael] Bowie is in there, [Alvin] Bailey is in there, I mean we’re all over the place; Lem [Lemuel Jean-Pierre] is in there. But being able to see them play and obviously Tom [Cable] does a great job of teaching and I think that’s the reason that he’s able to move those guys around and to be able to put him at right tackle and move into left guard. That’s Tom’s ability to see what they do really well and how much he can teach the things that carry over from tackle to guard and then can he make the changes quick enough to say, ‘okay, now you’ve got to get out of this mode and you got to get into a guard mode where now you have two guys besides you.’ So give some credit to Tom to be able to move those guys around like that.”

On if Michael Bowie’s athleticism and quick feet allows the coaches to do things differently with him in comparison to James Carpenter or Paul McQuistan: “Well there some different things obviously in terms of who they’re playing against. We did pull a couple of times with those guys and we’ve pulled with both James and Paul as well, but there are some different things. It’s also some of the just making sure that their assignments are down. There’s really a lot that goes into it, but we’re excited to have Bowie in there.”

On what he saw in Derrick Coleman: “Derrick has done a great job for us. He’s come a long way. I think probably the first thing that jumped out was his ability on special teams and the things that he went about his business there and once you’re able to kind of catch the special team coach’s eye, then there’s a whole other level of push to be able to get the guy to make the team and then we had the situation with Mike Rob [Michael Robinson] getting sick right at the end. Derrick had done such a good job on special teams and when he came in, he really hadn’t played a whole lot of fullback. So it was something that we were teaching him. Special teams helped with that, with some of the decisions that he’s got to make on special teams. Then we were able to plug him in at fullback. He had the willingness, he had the willingness to go in and hit somebody, he had the athletic ability to be able to make some of the blocks off the movements that you have to make, he had the toughness there, and then he’s really athletic, got great hands to get him out in the flats and those are things that we like to do with our fullback. So he really took to it and did a great job.”

On if he’s on the group text that Russell Wilson sends to the receivers every week: “I am not.”

On if he’s ever seen a quarterback reach out to his receivers like Russell Wilson: “Well I have never seen one of the texts. So I don’t know what he’s sending them on text. You know I’ve seen quarterbacks communicate with their wide receivers and Brett [Favre] would talk to wide receivers and he would text me. So there is that type of communication. Exactly what level Russell is giving them. I haven’t searched out and said, ‘Hey. Let me see what you’re sending them.’ So yeah.”

On the play to Doug Baldwin being the right call instead of being a risky call: “Yeah. I just really thought that the situation was there that we needed it. We had done a couple of runs on third downs during the game and the situation, the time of the game, where we were and I thought it was really critical that we needed to get a first down and some of things that had been presented earlier in the game. It looked like if we got the opportunity, that was one that we really liked and it was a play in a situation that we had done many times really well. So we said, ‘hey that’s the play to go with and we have to be able to execute it.’”

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