I'll provide a little precursor to this thread as everyone seems to be on either Carrolls/Russ's side... I want both to be here, and I think we need them both I don't have a 'side' in this debate. Right, thread...
Having watched Russ throughout his career obviously his main strength is the deep ball and touch on the sideline passes. This needs a lot of play-action to buy some time, and when teams take away the deep ball the Seahawks O has struggled.
Last year we didn't seem to have a short passing game at all, and the intermediate game was mostly the result of scramble drills. I can't be 100% sure but I think the reason for this is Schotty's playbook. There's other factors to this to, from O-line, Carroll pumping the breaks, Wilson ignoring short passes, etcetc.
That said, Russ' has never been particularly good in the short passing game at any stage of his career - especially between the hashes. Arguably he was at his best in the short passing game when throwing to Lynch on heavy-set play action. His short throws are sometimes erratic and he almost always throws short passes waaaaaay too hard not giving the receiver a chance. Weirdly his bubble/screen/sideline short throws seem to come out too slow, allowing DBs to jump the route.
I don't think it's a height issue (almost all QBs use throwing lanes) and I think we have more than enough weapons on O to have a good short/intermediate passing game.
So, is Russ's skillset just not particularly suited for the short passing game? Is it purely on the play callers for not using these passes in the game plan? Or is it that we've never really utilised this aspect of the game and he'll be fine with more time/practice?