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September 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on sharing the wealth, the pop pass, and more

We got our first chance to talk to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell today since Seattle’s 36-16 win over Green Bay last Thursday.

One of the highlights of the game was Russell Wilson’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Lockette on a “pop pass” — a play in which Wilson faked a handoff to Marshawn Lynch on a Zone Read and then rolled left and threw to Lockette. The key was the fake that helped draw in Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields that left Lockette wide open.

Said Bevell of the play: “Like I’ve said before, you’ve got to give Coach (Pete Carroll) credit on that. It’s something he really wanted to get a part of it. It was something that we worked a little bit in training camp. We kind of tinkered with it and it all came together on that one play. It’s just another element of the zone read, whether he hands it to Marshawn, whether he keeps it, whether he runs, just to have that, just made the defense have to be that much more honest.”

Here’s more of what Bevell said today:

(On the eight guys that he can throw to on the offense and how to balance their egos) We’re trying to put it together the best way we can. The crazy thing about it is sometimes you really don’t know where the ball is going to go. You can design a play that’s going to go one place and like we talk about all the time the coverage can dictate that it goes away. I don’t know if there was one of the preseason games, after I was going through the first 15, I was looking at it going I need to get Jermaine [Kearse] involved somehow. It didn’t look like Jermaine was going to get a ball well then he ends up with the most balls that by the time we had the ones out. So you really don’t know. You design it up and try to get it to go to certain guys and make sure you get everyone involved but the luxury that we have is, I’m happy wherever it goes. We’re very talented at all the positions whether it’s the tight ends, a slew of wideouts that we have. Our running backs are great out of the back field catching the ball as well so it can go any of those places and we will be happy.

(On if this is the most confident he’s been in the offensive line as a full unit to get everything that comes across the board done) I don’t know if the most confident but I’m very confident in them. I like where we’re at with them. They’re doing a great job. We still have a young right tackle that’s doing a really nice job for us. It’s a solid offensive line. They’re doing a great job of handling protection. They’re doing a great job of handling all the information with checks. The run game is going well. They’re playing really well together right now.

(On how much help they gave Justin Britt in the opener) We have some things built in to be able to do that. We don’t want to do that all time because then they can take advantage of us so we pick and choose spots to do it. We change up our protections all the time so we’re not going to get stuck in one protection that they could start to attack. I think that’s the best advantage to us is just move those protections around and change what we’re in.

(On how encouraging it was that the scoring proficiency from the preseason carried over into the first game) I mean it’s great. I think it’s a credit to our guys and our coaches. Our coaches have done a great job of getting the players the information. Our players have really grabbed on it. They’ve taken everything that we have asked them to do. They’re very detailed. The details are important to them – the little nuisances that we ask them to do, the communication between each other. They’re really on it. Each and every day there’s not something that doesn’t come up that we talk about, that we communicate about. I think they’re all on the same page right now and function at a high level because of their commitment to the little things and the little details. Everybody has been in the system enough to know, this is the route I have but there are other subtleties that go on that I think we’re all on the same page with.

(On if he ran Percy Harvin on the fly sweep with the Minnesota Vikings) Yes, we did.

(On if Percy Harvin ran the fly sweep at the University of Florida) Yes.

(On why he thinks the fly sweep is getting so much attention now) I mean it’s just another element to add to it. Colleges are doing it all over the place. Oregon State [University] has been doing it for a long time. I think we have a piece of the puzzle that can do it very effectively with great speed, great quickness. He really runs like a running back runs, he doesn’t run like a wide receiver. To be able to find the right guy sometimes to fit into it is a big deal. You can run it with a lot of wide receivers but a lot of wide receivers are just that. They’re wide receivers. They will run long legged running so to speak. Percy [Harvin] is guy that runs more like a running back. He has quick feet. His feet are closer to the ground. He’s got a good base. He can break down and change directions so he’s got good toughness to be able to run it up in there. There’s a lot more that goes into then just handing it to a wide receiver I think.

(On the 10-12 range of touches for Percy Harvin) I think there was two more that didn’t count. The hold, called back, and threw them another one that would have been touches. There’s really no number on it. There really isn’t. I mean we want to get him involved in the game but I also want Doug [Baldwin] to be involved and Jermaine [Kearse] is involved and Zach [Miller] is involved. You know Marshawn [Lynch] is the easiest guy because you just turn around and he’s involved in the game and you just give it to him. The other ones can be a little bit harder but I want to make sure all of those guys are involved. I don’t want us to rely on one thing so much that the defense knows it’s coming and they can take it away. If they want to take Percy Harvin away, that’s fine. We have three other guys that we’ll gladly give the ball to.

(On if this is what he envisioned offense looking like when he joined the NFL) Not when I first got into the league. Even the quarterbacks were a little bit different. They were more [Brett] Favre, [Peyton] Manning, [Tom] Brady, those style of quarterbacks. The games changing and we’re trying to stay up with it. I don’t know how much the game is changing as we’re just changing with the personnel that we have. If we had Brady and Manning and Favre then we probably would be doing something different. I know with Percy [Harvin] we handed the sweeps off but there wasn’t really the element that he was going to pull it and keep it. We’re just trying to use the skills that we have from the players that we have.

(On what stands out about San Diego’s defense) I think they’re styled up front. They do a nice job. I think 54 (Melvin Ingram) is really a solid player. I think [Jarret] Johnson is a solid player on the edge. They did some nice things in the secondary this last game, I was trying to figure out who they were going to have in so at least we know who the people will be now. Preseason there’s so many numbers out there it’s kind of hard to figure out. They do a nice job in secondary as well.

(On how different of a player WR Ricardo Lockette is now compared to what he used to be) Amazing. He’s come so far from where he was. Just being able to line up correctly, line up on the ball, off the ball. I mean those were some of the things we were teaching him when he first got here and I mean now you see him making plays all over the place. Special teams, incredible what he’s been able to bring to that. His understanding of the game and what we’re trying to do is huge from where he was. He’s not even the same guy. He’s a completely different player.

 

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