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November 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talks about protecting Russell Wilson, and more

Lots of good stuff today from Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell during his regular weekly meeting with the media, including thoughts on the protection issues against Arizona, when the Seahawks allowed seven sacks, and how quarterback Russell Wilson works with his centers.

Video and then official transcript below:

(On the protection problems from last week) “There’s a little bit of all that. There’s some times where we know that there is a guy who’s going to be free. The way that the defense was playing. They were playing cover zero. It’s important for us to know where the hot guy is, where the guy’s coming free, and then we know we have to make a play off that guy. There’s a couple times we didn’t do that. There is always going to be some communication issues, they’ve got to be shored up and we’re continuing to work on that with Patrick [Lewis] and with Lem [Jeanpierre] and all the guys that are going to be in there. Sometimes that communication might have to get from the right side all the way to the left side and it’s important for guys to talk.”

(On what he saw out of QB Russell Wilson last week) “During last week there were a few things we really tried to work on and there were some really nice things that he did. Just one of the most impressive plays for me was he had really nice protection. He trusted the protection. He sat in there and I think on the left side he threw the ball to [Kevin] Norwood on a little curl route. But he kind of sat in there for a while. He didn’t take off, he trusted protection, and you have to be able to do that regardless of how the day’s going. There are times that you want to make sure that you sit there and try to work on the pass but he got better and did some real nice things that way.”

(On Russell Wilson being under so much duress and trusting the protection) “I mean going in we knew that was going to be the case. We knew they were a blitz-happy team and they were going to bring it from all different directions. It can be tough but you need to make sure that you continue to think about it almost as if it’s the first play of the game. You can’t judge the protection because about the time that you’re going to judge it you’re going to be able to sit there for seven seconds. You just have to be willing to stand there and trust the guys. Trust the guys around you and the protection, the guys that are getting open, where they’re running the routes, how they’re running the routes, and I thought we did that in a lot of ways.”

(On if there is different planning between game-to-game) “You’re familiar with the personnel but there’s enough game planning going on and trying to figure out how they’re going to play whether it’s personnel groups, whatever it is, there’s enough game planning and enough nuances and differences that happen from even playing them three times last year and you could see differences in each game.”

(On how they split up making the protection call between the center and the quarterback) “It’s mostly the center. We like to put most of it on the center. But the quarterback always has a trump. He always has the ability to change the protection and get it directed because he needs to make sure he knows where it’s going. So there’s communication up and down the line but also with the calls and the things that happen up there he needs to know where it’s happening. If he doesn’t, he needs to go make it right.”

(On how much harder Russell Wilson’s job is without Max Unger) “That definitely plays into it. He has great trust with Max [Unger]. They sit in meetings all the time and talk things out and they’re very much on the same page. When that’s not there, it’s nothing against the other guys but it’s time spent with the one guy. They spent hours in the meeting room of talking things out, seeing many different looks, made different protections that they talk about. So, you definitely lose some of that and like I keep telling Russ [Wilson] he’s got to make sure he knows what’s going on. If he doesn’t know, go up and make sure – or put it somewhere so that he knows – we can handle it if we know there’s a guy who’s going to be free because we know where he’s coming from.”



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