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October 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Former Seahawk Michael Robinson on the 2014 Seahawks: “What type of offense is this? What is your identity?”

Former Seahawk Michael Robinson, now an analyst with the NFL Network, had some rather candid things to say about Seattle and its offense today.

Here is a link to the video.

And here’s the transcript as provided by the NFL Network:

On if the Seahawks’ recent performances are a hiccup or cause for concern:

“I think it’s a little bit of both. I think it is a hiccup because obviously they want to win every game. But when I look at the Seahawks, what type of offense is this? What is your identity? We kind of went through this in 2011 when we were kind of running some speed ball offense. We had Tarvaris Jackson as quarterback and we really didn’t know what we wanted to do. Were we a hurry-up offense? Were we a run-first team? Were we a dominant defense? We didn’t really know. What happened was we played the Dallas Cowboys probably Week 8 of the 2011 season and Tom Cable walked into our offensive meeting room and he said, ‘We’re going to run the ball almost every single play because that’s what I know how to coach.’ We lost by 10 but Marshawn [Lynch] rushed for 160 yards. We went on a seven-game winning streak but we knew what our identity was. Right now, when the Seahawks go on the four-minute offense, when they have a lead and they have to secure the lead or they want to impose their will on a team, what do they go to? Do they go to Percy Harvin running the read option and Russell Wilson running for 100 yards? Or do they turn around and hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch?”

On the Seahawks not giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch as much as they did in the past:

“You look at the losses that the Seahawks have had, none of the losses were big enough to warrant Marshawn getting six carries and 10 carries.”

On the Seahawks:

“I think this team is kind of in transition. I don’t think they have an identity offensively. When you can run the ball and impose your will, it helps your defense out. It keeps those defensive backs in ball hawking mode because the other team has limited times to possess the ball, so they have to throw the ball. I think this team wants to get Russell Wilson that MVP award; I really think they do. But is his skillset supposed to be complementary or is it supposed to be the feature of this offense? That’s the question I think the Seahawks have to answer.”

On Seahawks tight end Zach Miller:

“I think the absence of Zach Miller these last few weeks has been crucial to this offense. I know Tom Cable and I know he loves Zach Miller. He’s a guy who can gain the edge for the running back and that’s just not happening right now.”


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