Hasselbeck: Seahawks’ offense lacks ‘precision,’ isn’t commanding respect

Nov 24, 2021, 11:03 AM | Updated: 11:06 am
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson...
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles to avoid a tackle by Zach Allen of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. (Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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At 3-5 and coming off their bye week, the Seahawks were getting star quarterback Russell Wilson back for two key contests against the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. One or two wins in that stretch would have done wonders for a Seattle team looking to make the playoffs yet again.

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But instead, the Seahawks fell in both games and despite Wilson’s return, Seattle scored just 13 points between the two contests and were shutout in Green Bay.

Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joined his former Seattle teammate Michael Bumpus and Mike Lefko on Wednesday’s edition of The Mike Salk Show and shared what he’s seeing from the offense this season, especially of late.

“My overall statement on the offense right now is there just doesn’t seem to be enough precision to it,” Hasselbeck said.

Hasselbeck said that he doesn’t see nearly the same level of precision when comparing the Seahawks’ offense to other units across the NFL, even when Seattle is mixing things up with routes and protections.

“It’s more like a hope and a prayer, or it’s like, hey quarterback, go scramble around and maybe Tyler Lockett will break free on a second move,” he said. “And that’s where we’re getting our big plays. There needs to be more layups for me. There need to be more completions, there needs to be less sacks – certainly less sack fumbles. I don’t think it’s that far away from clicking, but right now, it’s just it’s not clicking.”

Speaking of Lockett, he made some waves after Sunday’s loss to Arizona when he told reporters that he felt opposing defenses were presenting different coverages in film compared to what they were running against the Seahawks, which his quarterback and head coach refuted. Hasselbeck isn’t completely buying that.

He said that Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph twice dialed up two coverages “they hadn’t shown probably in their breakdown,” but if you know who Joseph is as a play-caller, it shouldn’t have been that surprising.

More importantly, Hasselbeck doesn’t see opposing defenses needing to get too exotic against the Seahawks right now.

“There’s not that much respect for this offense that people are reinventing brand new things for just them. There’s just not,” he said.

Listen to The Matt Hasselbeck Show at this link or in the player below.

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