The Seahawks figure to have some offensive challenges against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. What do the Seahawks have planned? You can hear and read what offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had to say to the media after practice Wednesday:
(On the protection issue from the last game) Well we’re practicing to improve the things we need to improve. We just have to block better. We have to get the ball out quicker. We got to get open on time. I mean we have the conversation kind of all the time on how they all work together and we have to be on point all the time particularly this opponent that we’re playing. They bring tons of pressure. They can bring it every single down if they so choose so we have to be prepared for it.
(On not being shy about the pressure and working it against them) Well you try to hit them and they do such a great job because they change up their pressures from week to week and they bring all different kinds of combinations of those pressures. We’re going to have to really be on it to block them well.
(On if he has seen Russell Wilson grow in the quick passing game area) I think we’re getting better all the time. We have so many different things that we do in the passing game, so many different styles of passes whether it’s you spread them all out and empty them out or you straight drop back, whether you do play action passes off of it. There’s so many different kinds and it kind of depends on how the game’s going. The better we run the ball the more that you can rely on the play actions and the movement types of plays, you know those types of things. It’s all dictated a little bit on the game but we’re working every day tirelessly out here to try to get better and be better with our reads, be quicker with our reads, be better in our protection to give us that little extra measure of time, just to get all of that to come together.
(On what has allowed them to do that better in the last two weeks) I mean we’re practicing all the time. We’re working hard to try to make every part of our game better and our guys have really come together, done a nice job as of late. I think Russell [Wilson] has been on it as of late and kind of understanding what we’re asking him to do and understanding our issues that we might be having. We’re also changing up some of the things we’re doing with styles of passes and those types of things. I think you’ll see some more balls down the field and some quick ones and some move–it kind of all goes together and it really depends on the game.
(On taking risks and being patient as a play caller against Arizona Cardinals) Well I think that there is a risk both ways, whether we’re running the ball—those runs can come out the other side. If they have all their first level defenders that are coming, you break out the other end then you’ll get a nice big play out of that. Also in the pass game, obviously if you pick up some of those and you block, then you have mostly one on one opportunity most of the time down the field. So I think both of them can really be to your advantage. If we’re able to run the ball and able to do it consistently—getting to threes and fours, then it’s not hard to be patient in those times. When you’re sitting at second and ten, second and eleven all day, that’s when it gets tiresome and tough to stay patient.
(On Russell Wilson’s durability) It’s so remarkable I probably don’t want to talk about it—knock on wood.
(On getting comfortable knowing that Russell Wilson will play every game) Yes—I’ve been so fortunate in my career. I was able to coach a guy that was able to play forever and ever, and you expected him to be at every game regardless. I think we have a similar guy in Russell, he’s taken some hits, but the best thing that we talk about him every time is the decisions that he makes. Most of the time, he keeps himself out of harm’s way and he’s able enough to escape some things. When he gets out and runs, he gets down or he gets out of bounds—so all those decisions really help him to be able to stay in there. Of course, during the week that helps our preparation—to count on him if he’s going to be in there, we can improve the things that we need to improve on and we can focus on the things that he need to work on.