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October 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Quotes from Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Here’s everything Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said when he met the media today to talk about Sunday’s loss to Dallas, and more:

(On getting RB Marshawn Lynch the ball) Yes, that definitely goes hand in hand; there are a lot of things that go into it. You can think just back to our first drive; we had a nice drive, moved the ball, got it in the red zone, we had two nice third down conversions we don’t convert the one in the red zone and end up kicking a field goal. I think the next five third downs, we didn’t convert. So that’s where you start having issues of not getting enough plays and then long drives on the other side so the clocks running. So it all kind of goes hand in hand. It’s not just one thing that ends up with 10attempts to Marshawn [Lynch].

(On the most disappointing aspect of the offense’s performance from last week) Well, there are a lot of things; obviously not scoring enough points to win the game—that’s the bottom line for us on offense. The biggest thing was just our overall execution. Again, I know it sounds too simple but there are a lot of things for us that we didn’t do well enough; whether it was throwing the ball on time, he said he was off a little bit, there are a couple of times we could catch the ball for him, protection was off. There was a couple times in the run game; somebody goes the wrong way. On offense if you don’t have all 11 guys working as one, and everybody doing the right thing and the right time you can have some negative plays and you can have plays that don’t go anywhere and that starts to set you back. Then, third down we didn’t convert on those and that was kind of the story.

(On shutting down WR Percy Harvin) Yes, I think it was our overall execution. You can talk about the first bubble throw we threw to him, you know Jermaine [Kearse] has a decent block there on the edge trying to cut the guy but the ball ends up being behind him on the throw so he has to spin around, takes his eyes away, and runs right into the block—for examples of that. A couple things in the run game here and there, and then they just make for plays that didn’t look very good. You can go back weeks before and they were great plays. It’s overall execution. There’s not one thing. I can do a better job; I can get us into some better situations—we can run the ball more like everyone’s asking. I mean all those things, but overall execution is what it comes down to.

(On WR Percy Harvin’s strengths as a receiver) Well we know he’s got speed and we know he can go down the field with speed. He’s got great quickness so we can use him in that. The test always is, is to make sure some of those guys get the ball in their hands. They’re such game breakers; whether it’s Marshawn [Lynch], whether it’s him [Percy Harvin], and some of those plays make it easier to get him the ball and make sure they’re in the stats sheet, he had a play that can impact a game. Sometimes you put a guy just at wide out. I’m watching the Rams play Dallas and there’s two guys standing over the top of Dez [Bryant] they’re just going to take him away and that can happen. To ensure that doesn’t happen, we try to do some things to make sure we can get the guy his touches.

(On using WR Percy Harvin more down the field) Yes, I want to use all our guys. You can go to the three games you win, you’re up in the 60 plays, the two games you lose you’re in the 40 plays—just not enough. All our guys are very talented and we want to have all of them involved. I hate to get out of the game and some guys have a zero on the stats sheet. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. All those guys are very talented—we can use any of them. Do we want Percy [Harvin] to get the ball in every way we possibly can, I think it’s obvious because we’re trying to do things to get him the ball. We’ve run him down the field on the play for the touchdown it got called back. But the same thing with a lot of other guys; with Doug [Baldwin], Jermaine [Kearse], and Luke [Willson]—we thought Luke [Willson] could have a nice opportunity as well and Marshawn [Lynch], usually that’s the easiest way to get it to him is to turn around and hand it and we didn’t do it enough.

(On if it is hard getting everybody the ball) Yes, it’s a tough orchestration of the whole thing; you’re really not trying to keep everyone happy—when we’re happy, it’s because we’ve won. That’s where the bottom line is, that’s where every guy is going to be happy and understand, but there are so many guys with so much talent, we’re trying to use them the best way that we can. We do want to get them all involved in some way or another but I’ve said it before, we’ve come out of games where a guy has zero and the next game he has seven. We just kind of have to roll with that, and sometimes that’s just the way it goes with how the defense is playing us and where the ball goes at times.

(On him feeling the team’s unbalance as a play caller) Yes, I can feel it and I know exactly how many runs we have. You take all the third down plays out, we were really balanced, just in run-pass and that’s just if you put every single situation in there. If you start taking some of the two minutes out, we had a couple more runs than we did passes. We just didn’t have enough—there are just not enough plays. Now some of those runs, some of them were Percy’s [Harvin] run, where they end up being a pass as it’s built in, but I keep track of how many times we’ve run the ball and we know most of the time they’re Marshawn [Lynch] but not all of them are so I have a good feel of that.


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