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Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell on Marshawn Lynch: "I do have to do a better job of getting him the ball"

The Seahawks are off the field following an indoor practice out of the rain at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

After it, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke -- mostly about the need for better execution, more conversions on third down and, yes, for him to give the ball more often to four-time Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch.

And, yes, Bevell hears you screaming at him to do just that. He also realizes that's part of his job when the Super Bowl champions begin their defense of their title at 3-2 with an offense that's been throttled in both losses.

"Yeah, that's part of it, you know. I mean, there's going to be cries for everything, all the time," Bevell said. "The fantasy owners, I'm not a fantasy owner. I don't care about anyone's points.

"But I do care about us winning the game. And Marshawn is a huge key for us winning the game. And we do -- and I -- have to do a better job of giving him the ball."

Bevell's designs to get dynamic wide receiver Percy Harvin the ball all over the field -- out of motion on fly sweeps, as a tailback, on bubble screens -- worked great when the Seahawks were getting 66 plays while beating the Packers on opening night and 75 plays in the overtime win over Denver last month.

But last month when Seattle got whacked in San Diego and last weekend when Dallas beat the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field 30-23 in a game Seattle got 1o of its points off special-teams plays, Bevell's offense got just 40 and 48 plays, respectively.

"Forty plays in just not enough," Bevell said.

And he points to long-yardage situations that have created too many third and longs -- and thus, too many failed conversions on third downs. Seattle was 3 for 8 on third downs in the loss to the Chargers and 5 for 13 against the Cowboys.

Bevell also cited a lack of execution in the offense. He pointed to an example of the game's second offensive play against Dallas, a bubble screen in which Harvin was dumped for a 1-yard loss. Bevell explained Jermaine Kearse had a block set up in front of Harvin that has worked well in previous games on the same play, but this time Russell Wilson's throw was behind Harvin and caused the wide receiver to turn his body and head back instead of upfield. By the time Harvin turned upfield after the catch, Bevell said, Harvin turned blindly directly into Kearse's block.

"I mean, I want to use all our guys," Bevell said. "You go to the three games we win, we are up in the 60-play range. The two games we lose, we are in the 40-play range. It's just not enough. All our guys are very talented. We want to have all of them involved. I hate to get out of the game and some guys have zero on the stat sheet. But sometimes that's the way it goes."

Bevell also said, "It's a tough orchestration of the whole thing. Really not trying to keep everybody happy. When we're happy is because we've won. That's the bottom line when everybody's going to be happy and understand."