By Brady Henderson
The Seahawks set a franchise playoff record with 224 rushing yards in their wild-card win over Washington on Sunday.
Almost half of those yards – 110, to be exact – came the read-option plays that have added a dangerous dimension to the Seahawks’ offense. Arguably no other team has run it as effectively as the Seahawks the last six weeks. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Seattle leads the league since Week 13 with 61 rushes and 474 yards on option runs.
“It’s been huge,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told “Brock and Salk” on Monday.
“We’re just going to keep growing with it. The basics of it, the fundamental part is done,” Carroll added. “The line knows what they’re doing, the read part of it – other than the one time we mishandled the ball [Sunday] – has been executed very well. It’s difficult, there’s a lot of different things that happen there, but Russell [Wilson] continues to grow with it, and we’re happy with the results.”
It was particularly effective Sunday, helping the Seahawks’ offense overcome a slow start and a few missed opportunities. Marshawn Lynch’s winning 27-yard touchdown came on an option run. The Seahawks averaged 10 yards per carry on such plays compared to just 4.4 yards per carry on non-option runs, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Mike Salk adds more thoughts on the read option in the video below.
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