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Seahawks Next Step Is to Up the Tempo

With the way the Seahawks ended their 2020 season it was no surprise that change was coming. It was just a matter of how to move forward and what changes would be made. It started with the firing of offensive coordinator Brain Schottenheimer. The team announced on Tuesday they had parted ways, citing philosophical difference.

All season long you could see something was off with Russell Wilson. His confidence was lost, he was second guessing himself and making too many bad decisions. Citing philosophical differences has to make you think that Pete Carroll, Brain Schottenheirmer, and Russell Wilson were not on the same page. Carroll admitted to adjusting the offense himself in the second half of the season. He felt it was the only way to make the Seahawks more conservative and allow for better ball security. Saturday’s fourth down blunder may have been the tipping point to a more deep-rooted issue between Carroll and Schottenheirmer.

Can you win games just with a strong passing game, yes. Can you win championships without a strong run game, NO! Carroll expressed his desire to run the ball more effectively and more frequently 2021. Running the ball more often would take the ball out of Wilson’s hands. Chris Carson and Carlson Hyde are two of the Seahawks’ top running backs. They have proven their ability to lead and make plays happen.

What is on Wilson’s mind? “So the expectation in 2021, in my opinion and in talking to Pete is that in my mind, I don’t want to do just one thing well. I want to do it all well.” Wilson said. Seattle knows what they have in Wilson. With the Jamal Adams trade Seattle will have just one pick in the first 120 picks of the NFL Draft for General manager John Schneider to work his magic. Truth of the matter is Schneider doesn’t need to work a lot of magic. Seattle has all the weapons they need. They just all need to get on the same page.

Two questions remain to be answered, who will be the new OC for the Seahawks and what does everyone want?

It will be super significant that everyone is part of the process including Carroll, Schneider, and Wilson. The seven top picks for the the next Seahawks OC are Shane Steichen, Pep Hamilton, Dave Canales, Mike McDaniel, Doug Pedersen, Adam Gase, and Anthony Lynn.

What does Wilson want? Simply to make the offense better. What does Carroll want? Carroll said he wanted the Seahawks to getting back to “run the ball better. Not even better. We have to run it more.”

Wilson downplayed Carroll’s comment. “I think what coach is really talking about is that we have to do everything extremely well. We want to be up-tempo and change the pace. I don’t think we are crazy far off. We just need to make sure we take that next step to get there.” 

“To be able to win 12 games, NFC West championship, that’s all great,” Wilson said. “To be able to throw a bunch of touchdowns, that’s all great. But the reason why we want to do this is to win championships.”

Most importantly what do Seattle Fans want? We want to win Championships!

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