It's possible that Seattle could have three new tight ends next season. Jerramy Stevens is scheduled to become a free agent. Itula Mili's age works against him. Will Heller was signed to a minimum deal.
The Seahawks went four-wide-crazy after adding WR Deion Branch. Things have evened out since Stevens returned from a knee injury.
One thing we haven't seen much, however, is a meaningful increase in double-tight-end looks from Seattle. This is logical because: 1) receiver is a clear strength for this team; 2) Seattle does not have outstanding tight ends; 3) the team has trailed in recent games; 4) the team has not had success using more than one tight end at a time (minus goal-line situations); and 5) coach Mike Holmgren likes to throw the ball anyway.
The Seahawks used two tight ends on three plays last week, plus one three-TE set from the KC 2-yard-line (TD pass to Stevens). The chart shows that Seattle has used one or fewer tight ends nearly 95 percent of the time. Additional information below.
Seattle has run seven pass plays from its one-back, two-WR, two-TE package. These plays produced six incomplete passes and one interception. This package has produced running plays for gains of 4, 2, 2 and minus-2 yards, plus a 17-yard QB scramble at St. Louis.
The team has run two pass plays from its two-back, one-WR, two-TE package. These produced completions of 11 and four yards to Itula Mili. This package has produced running plays for gains of 4, 3, 2, 2, 1, 0 and minus-2 yards.
After watching the Chiefs last week, I've got a renewed appreciation for tight ends who can clear people out of the way. Jason Dunn (6-6, 274) is just not a guy you want to be running into very often. A blocking tight end could be somewhere on the menu for the Hawks in 2007.