Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp joined KJR's Mitch Levy on the radio this morning to talk about last week's minicamp and how the offense looked during the three days of practice.
Knapp said the minicamp, an extra set of practices Seattle received because of Jim Mora's status as a new coach, was important for the new coaches to get a chance to introduce the new schemes to the players.
"As coaches we want to show them a little bit our style," Knapp said. "What we expect from a big-picture, team philosophy from Coach Mora, and then from the offensive and defensive side of things, and in fact we did some special teams as well. So it's important that we show the players the kind of tempo we want to work at and some of our philosophies from both sides of the ball.
"And then from the players' side they needed to see us, and how we teach and how we coach and some of the expectations that are expected of them."
Knapp again reiterated Seattle offensively will be a balanced attack.
"You can probably be dominant in one or the other and maybe get to the playoffs," Knapp said. "But in order to win it all you've got to be balanced. You've got to be able to throw the ball efficiently in order to score points. And you've got to be able to run the ball to win games at the end of the game."
Levy asked about the difficulty of keeping the offense unpredictable in order to keep defense's off-balance while remaining productive in Knapp's style of offense.
"Hopefully it will be less predictable," Knapp said. "And that's where we're fortunate here. There's enough experience on offense that you can be a little more creative from a play caller's standpoint and from an offensive game plan because there's enough experience really at all five (skill) positions for us on offense that you don't have to stay close to the vest with your play calls, and with your scheme."
Levy also asked about where Seattle sits at running back.
"I feel very confident with who we have here already in the backfield position, starting with fullback Owen Schmitt," Knapp said. "I was actually lucky last year (while with Oakland) to coach the Senior Bowl so we got to work with Owen during the week. Now, he got nicked just before the game so he didn't get to play in the game, but we got to work with him for a week in practice and in the classroom. And he really did a fine job. And we were teaching similar run schemes there as we're doing here and he fit in well."
Knapp went on to say Seattle needs to get depth at fullback. Here's what he had to say about the running back position.
"From my experiences of running the zone scheme, a lot of guys have had some career-best seasons in the zone scheme when they didn't have it before," Knapp said. "For example, Warrick Dunn ran for over 1,400 yards in Atlanta when we started up in '04. Justin Fargas in Oakland ran for over a 1,000 yards and he had not done that before. And that was in a limited playing basis. He missed about three or four games due to injury.
"So, we feel pretty confident in what we saw in practice, and what these guys traits are."
Knapp went on to talk about the pros of the zone-blocking running game, which include the one-cut philosophy, getting down the field fast and avoiding negative yardage so the team stays out of second-and-long and third-and-long situations.
Knapp also said in a three-receiver set T.J. Houshmandzadeh won't always line-up in the slot. Knapp said he will focus on moving Houshmandzadeh, Nate Burleson and Deion Branch around so Seattle is less predictable in that formation.
You can listen to the full conversation in this audio link.