Seahawks Insider: Russell Wilson in a hurry to use more no-huddle offense
Sep 13, 2017, 9:53 AM | Updated: 11:14 am
Once the Seahawks stopped huddling, their offense started moving the ball on Sunday at Green Bay.
That was true in the first half when Seattle gained a total of 25 yards and one first down on its first five possessions only to go 74 yards in the final minute of the half and kick a field goal on the final play of the second quarter.
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When Seattle picked up the pace on the offense in the third quarter, it again started picking up yardage. After the game, quarterback Russell Wilson was asked why the faster tempo was so effective.
“It tires down the defense,” Wilsons said, “and makes it tough for the calls. All that. I think really the past five, six years, five years, we’ve been able to execute in those 2-minute drives very, very well. At half, end of the game.”
The question now is whether the Seahawks will do it more often, and while coach Pete Carroll has always considered a physical, time-consuming run game to be a cornerstone of his offense, that hasn’t precluded him from using the hurry-up offense if that’s what works.
In 2011 when Tarvaris Jackson was the starting quarterback, the Seahawks used an up-tempo, no-huddle offense because Seattle moved the ball better in that format. It probably wasn’t a coincidence that an up-tempo offense also muted the pass-protection problems Seattle had early in that season.
Wilson was asked specifically how often the team could employ the hurry-up format.
“I think we can do it as much as we need to,” he said.