Fade wrote:Yes, they will be efficient, and very explosive out of the gate.
People harping on 2 high. You're supposed to run teams right out of it. It's nigh impossible to play 2 high against the Shanny offense unless it is 3rd and long, as you no longer have to respect the run at that point. Good thing one of the main emphasis' of this offense is staying out of 3rd and long.
The biggest diff. observant fans will notice, is opponents will struggle to key in on exactly what the Seahawks are doing on a snap to snap basis. The exact opposite of what they've been in seasons past. Where they got into certain formations on certain downs and distances and you knew what they were running. The Seahawks tipped their plays in the past and did a horrible job of disguising what they were doing. That ends now.
What you will see is a lot of wide zone runs with Jet motion and Wilson booting out from 11 personnel. Good luck playing 2 high against that offense. (You have to play 8 in the box or else you will get eaten alive.)
It's a cat and mouse game. It's very hard to tell what is a run and what is a pass, as the formations and movements look the same to defenses. So they have to play it honest and straight up.
The Ram's ran a lot of uptempo. Wilson also is at his best when it is uptempo, so it is very believable that Is what they will look like come game 1. I think we won't see much of Wilson or the starters for that matter in pre-season. That's how McVay plays it, and it makes sense with them having such a veteran laden offense. So I would temper expectations for the pre-season. 17 game season has to be a factor as well.
Nice post! I agree with all of this. I don't think we'll really see how the defences that we play adjust to the 'is this a run or is this a pass formation' strategy until several games in, or the 4 or 5 game mark. I personally would like to see us stick to the deception 'knitting' and playcalling on a slow-burn kinda basis. I don't really want the first 4 or 5 games to be blowout victories (if that's possible) - I think that too much razzle-dazzle and big heads might hurt us down the stretch. I'd like a nice even, new, interesting start to the season and a strong finish. Strong finish - I guess we'll see how running back depth holds up for the playoff run/stretch.
Keep in mind that Russ is probably playing for his new-non-Seahawks contract in a year - so he's going to play lights-out - he's already got his revenge body/workout going. The point: will they start out 'efficient' or explosive? I think yes - BUT - LOOK OUT if we have some setbacks or the wrong injuries. Pete Ball is just under the covers if the new wonder-boy OC trips or stumbles along the first 1/2 of the season. I hope he doesn't - but if the O stumbles, I think they'll have a tough time getting back on track for the stretch. And Russ didn't appear to have much problems throwing the o-line/team under the bus when things were struggling - so again, if the O stumbles, I have a bad feeling that we're going to crater/not recover from it. Think DK 'gimmie the ball' meltdowns or camera grabbing in the stands from last season.
Just my .02. Although having said ALL OF THAT - I liked last season from the 'quick start' standpoint. I get sick of waiting until game 8 to see us 'come alive' and then bite my nails down the stretch. Let's take some of the desperation out of the tail end of the season please. I hope the new O scheme is what we all hope it will be!