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November 20, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Marshawn Lynch, the passing game, and more

Here’s what Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had to say Wednesday about Marshawn Lynch, the passing game, and more:

(On Marshawn Lynch) We appreciate everything that Marshawn’s doing—he’s balling. He’s playing great football—running the ball, catching the ball, everything that we ask him to do—he’s doing it and the proof is on the field. That’s the bottom line—the proof is out there on the field on how well he’s playing.

(On the passing game struggles) Like I’ve said every week coming up here, it all works together. We’ve had some real nice plays, and then we’ve had some plays that haven’t been there that we thought should have been, but it works together in terms of protection number one. Number two is guys being on time, where they’re supposed to be, when they’re supposed to be there. Number three is the quarterback making good decisions, making good throws, putting the ball where it needs to be, when it needs to be there as well and all those things have to come together at the right time to be able to do that. So for whatever reason, it’s different things at different times—being able to stay in the pocket, trust your protection, trust your read, trust your throws, being able to get open down the field on time and then block the guy that’s in front of you. All those things cause that stuff to be off.

(On issues in the red zone) Well we didn’t score last week—we’ve kind of had some good games and some bad games there. We’ve done a nice job at times—there have been a couple situations. For example, it was a situation where it was two minute so it was only twenty two seconds when we had a first down so we were trying to make sure that we had all of the plays, so really you’re just throwing the ball every time. The run game didn’t become a valuable part of it because then you would have run out of plays. So we have to be able to throw and catch and do all of those things. There were a couple opportunities that we had on that one drive where we could of have touchdowns and we didn’t make plays and that’s basically what it comes down to when you get down in there is being able to capitalize on the opportunities when you have them.

(On did he get the look he wanted on the 4th & two play) Yeah—they did a good job with the defense. They knocked us back—we didn’t do a good enough job of gaining the line of scrimmage. That’s a play that we’ve used a number of times in short yardage situations and they did a good job against it.

(On was Doug Baldwin the first option on the goal line play) Well it’s a couple options on it—just depends on how the defense presents itself. He could have gone to [Jermaine] Kearse and he could have gone to the other side as well. So it just depends on what the defense looks like.

(On how much does having a short field limit the offense from being on a roll) It doesn’t necessarily limit your ability to roll—you can still move the pocket, there’s still space to have down there but obviously it’s condensed. We talk all the time—things happen faster, you have to throw to spots, the field is condensed so they have to cover less field so you have to be on time with your throws and with your routes. So you just have to be really on it when you’re down there.

(On getting Lemuel Jeanpierre back) It’s huge—a guy that we love, that’s done a great job for us when he’s had an opportunity to step in there, that knows the offense—so it’s not going to be a big catch up process, but we’ll continue to go through the week and see how that goes.

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