TraderGary wrote:I think Russ has to accept at least part of the blame for this as well. PC loves the deep ball, but so does Russ. Often times I have seen him ignore a wide-open receiver in the middle of the field or along the sidelines, and opting to look for the big play instead. I love Russ and I think he's a great QB. He has carried this team on his shoulders pretty much the entire time he's been here. But he's certainly not without his faults.
I agree this is a HUGE factor in the piss poor 3rd down performance, but I think it's probably more in PC than on RW. Maybe RW is just extremely focused on doing exactly what PC wants him to do, and PC is hyper-focusing on the big play - even if there's an INT it most likely ends up with the same resulting field position as a punt.
I think PC is OK with taking the chance of 3rd down failure, punting (or risking punt-like INT), and then trusting his defense, rather than reverting to the hated short passing game. Pete seems to be almost pathologically averse to the short passing game - maybe with some cause as it seems that is where most of RW's interceptions occur.
Did you ever notice how PC talks about the importance of turnovers more than any other coach in the NFL? After every single win the 2nd half of this season that has been his (and RW's) main talking point in the post-game presser. He probably believes that if RW didn't have that string of turnovers near the middle of the season, the Seahawks would be 16-0. He's transferred that belief to RW and that's one of the main reasons RW is so tentative until he absolutely, without-a-doubt has to start "taking risks" in the 4th quarter to get the lead.
Maye PC only "Let Russ Cook", knowing there would eventually be some multiple turnover games, so that he could reinforce the lesson that avoiding turnovers is the primary way to win games. Looking at the results (12-0 when -0- or plus turnover differential, and 0-4 when -1 or more) RW probably took the lesson to heart. Maybe took it too far and it's negatively affecting his game more than it should, influencing his decision-making which seems to be "off" this year?