Would the Seahawks utilize Wilson's athletic ability with bootlegs, rolls, half-rolls and sprint-outs to pressure the Chiefs front seven or, to better evaluate the QB position, would they decide to run the same style of offense that Matt Flynn had run earlier in the preseason?
Here's what I found:
Russell Wilson utilized the three-step quick passing game on 59.3 percent of his passes vs Kansas City. What I found most encouraging is that he found targets all over the field from inside the pocket. Wilson kept his eye level up and utilized his passing lanes well to find targets. He was also very good at moving his feet, keeping his throwing base and firing accurate and timely throws.
The Seahawks really like utilizing the play action pass, and did so on 22 percent of their passing plays. Look for that to be a huge part of the 2012 Seahawk offense if Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin have continued success running the ball.
This is the area that surprised me the most. The Seahawks seemed determined to see if Russell Wilson could play from the pocket. His only outside of the pocket footwork was the product of some interior pressure and did not seem to be designed.
With Matt Flynn at quarterback early in camp, as well as the preseason, the Seahawks lined up in 11 personnel groupings (one RB, one TE, three receivers) the majority of the time. That seemed to change to a more run/pass-balanced 21 or 12 (two RB, one TE, two receivers or one RB, two TE, two receivers) formation when Russell Wilson took over.
Not so in Kansas City. The Seahawks ran the majority of their offense virtually the same as they had when Matt Flynn played with the first team. Again, it appears the Seahawks coaching staff really wanted to see if Russell Wilson knew his playbook and could execute from the pocket.
Some Grouping Tidbits
First Down (10) Yards: 39 percent of plays using 11 personnel package
Second down (7-10) Yards: 62.5 percent of plays using 11 personnel package
Second Down and (3–6) Yards: 50.0 percent of plays using 21 personnel package
2nd Down and (1–2) Yards: three-way tie at 33.3 percent with 12, 21, 22 personnel package
3rd Down an (7–10-plus) Yards: 83.3 percent of plays using 11 personnel package
3rd Down and (3–6) Yards: 50 percent of plays using 02 personnel package
3rd Down and (1–2) Yards: 100 percent of plays using 21 personnel package
The Seahawks want to spread the field with multiple receiving targets and will do so on a multitude of downs and distances. Russell Wilson executed the Seahawks game plan brilliantly and, more importantly, put some very nice things on film for Pete Carroll to study as he game-plans for the Arizona Cardinals in Game 1 of the regular season.
The Seahawks Run Game
As a team, the Seahawks couldn't have asked for a better performance from their running game. The team averaged 6.8 YPC (aided by two Russell Wilson scrambles for 58 yards), and Robert Turbin alone rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries. This kind of success should send a message to the defenses on the Seahawks' 2012 schedule.
Rushing Tidbits and Statistics
In Tom Cable and Darrell Bevell's offense, the bread-and-butter play is the inside zone run. Running back Marshawn Lynch has been extremely good at shooting for the outside hip of the guard, finding the crease and stepping on the gas for some nice gains.
Rookie running back Robert Turbin also showed that not only can he find his lane and explode through it, he has the patience and vision to utilize the backside cutback lane if needed. This is a great sign for the Seahawks running game this year.
Seahawks Run Play Selection
Inside Zone: 65 percent of run plays selected
Outside Zone: 15 percent of run plays selected
Power: 10 percent of run plays selected (averaged 15.0 YPC)
Dive and Draws: 10 percent of run plays selected
NOTE: For complete offensive game trends and statistics (courtesy of my personal Seahawks fan site:TheMatchUpsZone.com) click here.
Overall, I would say Russell Wilson, Robert Turbin and the rest of the Seahawks offense passed this preseason road test with flying colors. Now that Pete Carroll has named Russell Wilson the Seahawks' starter, Seahawks fans will hope this game was just a preview of amazing things to come in 2012.