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November 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on the challenges of the Raiders game and Marshawn Lynch

As was well-documented, the Seahawks had some unique challenges on their offensive line last Sunday against the Raiders, playing without their top two centers and left tackle Russell Okung, and then suffering the loss of guard James Carpenter in the second half.

That caused a lot of coaching-on-the-fly as the Seahawks at times had a lineup that featured two rookies (Justin Britt and Gary Gilliam) and two second-year players who are former undrafted free agents making their first starts (center Patrick Lewis and left tackle Alvin Bailey).

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talked a bit today about the challenges created by all the upheaval up front, as well as some other stuff, when he spoke to the media today.

One interesting comment came when Bevell was asked about how often Marshawn Lynch is getting the ball of late as a receiver — Lynch caught five passes for a team-high 76 yards against the Raiders and leads Seattle with three receiving touchdowns this season.

“We want to use our good players,” Bevell said. “And he’s definitely, probably the best player on our offense and we want to get him the ball as many ways as we can.”

Here are more quotes from Bevell:

(On if last Sunday will be something he writes about in his book with the amount of players injured on the offensive line) Yeah it was quite fun. You just do the best you can, really that was the type of game where you had to adjust on the fly because a couple of guys went down and we had to shuffle some offensive linemen. There was some good communication going on during that game for us.

(On QB Russell Wilson admitting it wasn’t one of his best games and what he saw out of him) I think there’s a combination of factors you know, and it’s always going to be that way I think as an offense. He thought that he struggled a little bit. There’s some where he missed throws. There’s some where protection issues caused him to move or caused throws to happen like that. Guys being in the right place at the right time for him. So it’s never just one thing that you can put your finger on it’s usually a combination of factors.

(On increasing the role of rookie receivers – Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood – and what he sees now from game to game) Yeah just like what I see I like the growth that I see from them. When we’ve called upon them and they’ve had opportunities to make the plays, they’ve made them. I think I’ve said last week or the week before that the catching part was something that we felt was there. They’re both great solid catchers and they can make phenomenal plays catching the ball it’s just being at the right place at the right time, knowing the assignment, making adjustments that they have to make and they’ve been able to do that so far.

(On if that is a challenge for rookies) Yeah it can be because you try at the beginning to let them just learn their spot but because there’s not that many guys you have to start to learn other positions. So they’re starting to learn two and three positions and if something happens and a guy goes down they have to make an adjustment. It can start to get pretty involved for them. But they’ve done a nice job with it.

(On the mechanics of last week’s Raiders game) Yeah there’s got to be some great communication going on. Sometimes it might have been after the fact, but we hadn’t been able to rep every one of those guys at the positions that they were at. We had to fall back on Tom [Cable] a lot and say what do they know, what can they run and where can we put them to make them successful and that’s something we talk about all the time is being able to put our guys in positions to make ourselves successful. That’s something we talk about all the time, whether its linemen, tight end, receivers, doing the right thing with quarterbacks, running backs and the line’s really no different in that case. They have to have had the reps and kind of know their assignments before you can expect them to do a nice job for you.

(On doing that on a drive-by-drive basis or something different) Well the adjustments were happening a little bit quicker. And some of them at the beginning it was in the drive because it happened during the drive so there was a little bit of communication with Tom [Cable] and then once the series was over then there was a little bit better communication and said ok here’s what I feel like that they can really handle from there.


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