Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell discussed a hot topic this week, creating better offensive balance on offense with Seattle struggling to run the ball so far this season.
“We can do better balancing it up,” Bevell said. “Sometimes when you’re ahead in the game, then the runs start to balance up, but that hasn’t been the case.”
So has the run game regressed over the past couple weeks since the New York Giants game, Bevell was asked?
“I wouldn’t say it’s taken a step back,” Bevell said. “I mean we’ve kind of put our focus in another area, in terms of our no huddle and trying to get that going. We ran the ball very well against the Giants doing the same thing, so it’s just something we need to continue to work on.”
One of the reasons Seattle likely will stay with the no-huddle offense is because of Tavaris Jackson’s ability to effectively run it, due to his time in Minnesota in Bevell’s offense.
“Tarvaris really does a nice job,” Bevell said. “He understands the tempo we’re kind of looking for. He understands that we can speed it up as fast as we need to, but then there’s times when you’re just trying to make sure we’re doing the right thing, so you can slow it down as well. You can play many different tempos by not huddling. And I think he’s really got a good feel for that.”
I asked Bevell if he felt it was important to run the ball early in the game in order to figure out what running plays are working, but Bevell said it’s more important to move the sticks and create positive yards, whether it’s by grounding it out or through the air.
“I do think that that offensive line and the backs need to be able to get a feel for the run game,” Bevell said. “But I don’t know if that necessarily means start out with the run and pound it.
“You still have to have good plays, and positive plays. I mean, if you’re running the ball and getting four yards every time, then yeah you would continue to do it. The same thing with the pass, as long as you’re completing those then you feel like, ‘Oh, we’re in a good rhythm.’ But then when you’re not completing them, then kind of everything’s lost. You’re not completing them, and you’re not gaining a lot of yards on first down running the ball, then you kind of get stymied, and that’s when you go three-and-out.”
Bevell also talked about the issue of continuing to mix in the run, but still picking up chunks of yards when Seattle is behind, which has been the case a lot so far this season.
“It depends on the score,” he said. “It depends on how far down you are, obviously. Every time you throw, there’s a chance for a bigger play, it seems like. Not that you can’t break a run, but there’s not a ton of 80-plus runs in the league going on. So you have a better chance throwing it to get bigger chunks as well. So I guess that’s something you’re weighing all the time.”
As far as injuries, linebacker Leroy Hill (knee/hip) and tight end Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) did not practice today.
Defensive tackle Alan Branch (knee/hip), safety Kam Chancellor (knee) and receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) were limited participants, and Jackson was a full participant.
For Dallas, cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring), running back Felix Jones (ankle), offensive guard Kyle Kosier (foot) and linebacker Sean Lee (wrist) did not participate in practice.
Punter Matt McBriar (left foot) was a limited participant, and quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) was a full participant in practice.