Spin Doctor wrote: Pete Ball is all about establishing the run, and hitting long bombs to make defenses back off. It most definitely is not about taking what you're given. This offensive style is all about limiting the toxic differential, but I believe the sacrifice is too great. It puts huge limitations on the QB and it is a style that is extremely rigid. It allows the Seahawks to punish lesser teams, but it also is punished pretty hard against playoff caliber teams.
What I liked about this style of offense is we ran a lot of WCO concepts. The game called almost looked like a Holmgren style. They tried blitzing and stacking the box and we responded with a game plan that emphasized getting the ball out of Russ's hands quickly. That is something that I see far too little of with a Carroll offense. We also did a good job of executing misdirection plays. Russ was also given a ton of freedom at the LOS, the fact that we haven't been giving Russell Wilson more autonomy until this year really is unforgivable.
Adding onto that.
-Play with zero urgency at the start of games. Come out of the huddle late and snap the ball with less than 4 seconds on the play clock. (Supposedly to shorten the game. But makes no sense, unless you're Nostradamus and know you're going to win. You might want that time back, also you're going to be punting an awful lot playing that lethargic.)
-Punt on 4th and short in enemy territory.
-Only run base stuff. The offense doesn't have to think, but neither does the opponent.
-Rope-a-Dope. Ties in with only run base stuff. Don't show anything until you really need it.
This style leads to unexpected losses to sub .500 teams because you often times end up playing down to your opponents with this style. Letting teams hang around is just asking for trouble in the NFL.
And in the playoffs as we've seen over the years you can dig yourself a really big hole in a hurry.
I much prefer what they did on Sunday. As Wilson put it "Play every quarter like it's the 4th quarter."
I agree it was very Holmgren esque on Sunday as well in that, short, high % passes on 1st down. Use the RB in the passing game. (Alexander screwed this one up a little bit.
) Look to run the ball more after you've built the lead, but don't get stupid with it. If they're giving you the pass by selling out to stop the run, take it.
A far cry from when Schottenheimer showed up and the first thing out of his mouth was. "We're going to run the ball even when they know we're running it. We're going to throw it when they know we're going to throw it." AKA "Pete Ball."
The opposite took place on Sunday.