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.
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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.