Today's story focuses on the balance between Seattle's running and passing game during Seattle coach Mike Holmgren's tenure here in Seattle. Holmgren has stayed pretty balanced in his play calling, passing nearly 54 percent of the time.
However, that number has fluctuated from a high of 57.8 percent passing last season to a low of 47.7 percent passing during Seattle's Super Bowl season of 2005.
Because Seattle struggled to run the ball last season Holmgren had no choice but to lean on Matt Hasselbeck and his passing game. And his creative play-calling ability really showed, as the Seahawks finished 9th overall in total offense and averaged 24.6 points a contest, also good enough for ninth in the league.
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However, Holmgren can look to 2005 to see how important an effective running game is to moving the football. An energized Shaun Alexander had his best year, finishing with 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns and earning league MVP honors. Seattle's ability to run the football really kept defenses guessing, enabling Holmgren to really mix things up offensively.
A look at Super Bowl winners over the last five years further verifies why running the ball is important. New York, Pittsburgh and New England in 2004 all ranked in the top 10 in rushing when they won the Super Bowl.