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December 23, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Quotes from Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

There was a lot for Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to talk about Tuesday after the Seahawks turned in a record offensive performance against Arizona, with 596 yards. Here’s some video, and below that some quotes:

(On Russell Wilson finding green grass behind the blitzes that Arizona sent) Yeah, it was good all the way around. It has to start up front with the protection, be able to give him some time to hit some of those things. Sometimes you live by it and you can die by it but you know our guys just executed really well and we were able to hit some big plays on them.

(On QB Russell Wilson’s ability to recognize a good matchup) I think he’s getting better each and every time he comes out here. Obviously we had some really nice matchups in that game and he was able to find them. I think he understands who our guys are really well. I think that’s part of it. How they’re going to come out of breaks, how fast they run, all those little things that kind of go in to it. Like the ball that he put on Luke [Willson], not the one that he scored on but the one down the seam. I mean, that’s a great play. He had to put touch on it, there were free rushers on him, so knowing who his guys are and then as you said knowing the matchup that he might be able to take advantage of, I think he’s come a long way with that.

(On if this was QB Russell Wilson’s best game) You know he does so many things good and in so many games. You go back to that Washington game, he’s a one man wrecking crew in that game. A lot of it was running, but some of them were –I can remember the third down play it was designed pass and he moves all the way around flips back this side and makes a play. So I mean he has special plays but that game was very nice. He did a good job of orchestrating all the things we asked him to do. He was on point for the most part with his decisions, with his reads, he got the ball out quick, I think you can see that at times, then he was able to do what he normally does in the pocket; making guys miss or keeping plays alive. Was this is best ever, you know I don’t know but it was pretty good all together.

(On when he felt Luke Willson got to the point of being in a starter role) I think he’s still getting there—I think he’s still growing. He had a break out game receiving wise. I think it was fun to see him do that—I told him on the sideline, ‘I finally believe you run a 4.5.’ First time we were able to see, he was able to run away from guys. It was awesome, we know he has that ability, but it was cool to see it in a play on the field or in game situations. He’s still growing in all kinds of ways—he wasn’t a trained killer as a blocker when we first got him, but he’s come a long way in that area. We’ll trust to put him at the point, and let him try to battle it out. He’s done a nice job with that and he’s picking it up.

(On having a catching tight end) It’s huge—to be able to have a mismatch on linebackers, and to be able to try and find that—the defense has to decide, ‘ok, is the matchup with the linebacker the correct one to use or do we need to start putting safeties on them?’ Then that does different things for us—then we have to look at the matchups and sometimes it uncovers some disguises and all those kinds of things that can open up when you have a factor that’s there in the middle.

(On Luke Willson learning from Zach Miller) I think it’s huge. First of all, the tight ends have a great room. Even Tony [Moeaki] coming in as late as he did, he’s kind of fit right in with those guys—with Coop [Cooper Helfet], Zach [Miller], they are a very close knit group. They hang together all the time, they’re walking the halls together, Zach is not too far from them, whether he’s in the training room, but they’re always in connection with each other. With the presence of Zach and the things that he prided himself on and what he did so well for us—being the extension of the line, and being our hammer for the Y position. So he’s just a great resource for them to have and he’s spent a year or two in the room picking his brain and Zach is great with those guys—he’s willing to give them all the tricks of the trade and everything that he has to teach those young guys.

(On Marshawn Lynch’s 79-yard run) It’s amazing—first of all you’re amazed as you’re watching it. Whenever he’s running, you don’t ever think he’s done—you don’t want to take your eyes off of him because even when two or three guys are coming up to him, somehow he can make them miss, he takes a different angle, he throws a guy off of him, and you just continue to watch to see if he’s going to come off the other side.

(On Ricardo Lockette’s blocking on that 79-yard run) Fantastic—the effort that he gave, I think that’s a microcosm of a lot our guys and the effort that they’re willing to go to and the strain. We talk about that strain and finish all the time—it was cool. You see him off the white, standing out of bounds, hitting those two guys and he still sprinted and caught up with Marshawn again and was able to knock that guy off at the end of that play—it’s just a great effort by him.




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