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October 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Lynch carries, the uptempo offense, and more

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell met the media today and talked a little about the uptempo offense that worked well in Carolina, Marshawn Lynch’s carries, and more:

(On why they were so successful on the two-minute drill drives to end each half and if there is any reason why that doesn’t carry over to the rest of the game) We’re trying to figure it out, really. I can tell you the one thing that happens is we get in a rhythm and we get a tempo and it always helps when you’re moving and it’s not necessarily that we’re in no huddle and even that last drive, it ended up being called at the line of scrimmage. I called just about every single one of those plays for us so it’s just getting in a rhythm, getting a tempo and obviously converting on third-downs and those kinds of things. It extends the drive and kind of gets you in that rhythm. Early in the game last week we didn’t do a very good job of converting those third-downs. Some of them were long like our first one was 3rd & 13. We just have to do better on first- and second-down there.

(On what he has seen out of Paul Richardson playing a bigger role over the past two weeks) I like the young guys. I really like them. You were able to see at the end of the game, [Kevin] Norwood had a catch at the end of the game – a fantastic catch and Paul, you’re seeing him mixed in there, had a few catches as well. The ball got distributed well with the exception of Doug [Baldwin] I think about every other receiver had a couple of catches or two so we like what we see from really all that group.

(On how it was hard for Marshawn Lynch to get yards in at the beginning of the game and how that impacts the number of runs called early) Well I mean it definitely affects the number of calls because you don’t have that many. Our first try, we get one yard on the pass, we get like minus-three yards on the next run and now it’s third-down and you’re off the field. So any combination, doesn’t matter, of run passes or two passes, two runs, whatever it is, if you’re not converting on those third-downs it definitely affects the number of runs. Really it was the drive right before the half before we were really able to get any of those runs going to Marshawn and I think there were three or four in a row and when they’re going, it’s much easier to call. Now we preach about it. We talk about ones and twos early and then they’re going to get threes and fours and then they’re going to get bigger as we go but we have to do a little bit better early to have more opportunities I guess.

(On if Marshawn Lynch is getting negative yards or no yards, he is not going away from those calls intentionally it’s just the amount of plays that are available) Correct, because then that leads to the third-down thing again. If you’re not converting them and if the third-down is long, obviously the percentage is much lower to make them so it does make it harder and you don’t have very many plays.

(On if it’s good to see Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson making some plays) Yeah. The one thing that I really expected from them is to catch the ball. They’re both really phenomenal catchers. They have great hands. That wasn’t the problem that I worried about at all; I knew that they would catch it. It was just doing the right thing, making the correct adjustments, being on the same page with Russell [Wilson]. They’ve made that transition really well.

(On what he likes about his new fullback, Will Tukuafu) Well I’ve seen him for about 30 plays out here today. He’s big. I like his size. I know that he can run up in there and hit something hard. That’s kind of what we are looking for. We will fill it out as the week goes on.


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