The Seattle Seahawks' offense was a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in last season. One week, Marshawn Lynch would actually find the holes and open up the run game, at least enough to keep Mathew Hasselbeck out of 3rd and long. The next week nothing would go right for the team, and Hasselbeck would only occasionally show us glimmers of hope with an offense that was not suited for him. In short, during the regular season, the defense tended to win the games.
Then came the playoffs.
Jeremy Bates finally put it all together against an aggressive Saints defense and, contrary to popular belief, in the next round against the Bears. He looked to have a future here. His gutsy, yet sometimes blindly optimistic play-calling, came to terms and he called two excellent games. The second of which Bates was victimized by numerous drops on key plays, especially early on.
I was looking forward to the progression of the offensive coordinator. He seemed to have finally grown up and learned the tricks of trade, but then he was suddenly fired. When I first heard the news, I thought ESPN had got it wrong. Surely, they meant Gus "zone Dfense 4 life!!!!1" Bradley.
For a long while, I couldn't spin this into a positive, and could not think of the firing without feeling disgusted. Just a week before, he had won my approval and undying support (just as Pete Carroll had after the 2010 draft), yet now he was gone.
However, now, the more I think about it, I can see this being the right move. Bevell and Cable will bring in a smash-mouth style of football that will attempt to control the clock and wear down defenses. These men will attempt to turn our Seahawks into the Baltimore Ravens (trying hard not to say Steelers).
I've always thought highly of the Ravens, considering them as the model franchise in the NFL. They play a physical style of football. They draft well (for the most part). They don't put up with too much crap off the field. They win in the playoffs.
They win on the road.
It is no secret that we are not the same team on the road as opposed to playing at Quest. But why? Personally, I think it has a lot to do with the offensive style we play, as passing offenses thrive in mild weather conditions and limited crowd noise.
In an offense that relies on communication and pin-point execution from skill players (more than others in the NFL), it can be extremely difficult to go on the road and win. This especially holds true in the post-season, where it tends to be even nastier, the fans even louder, and the defenses better.
This new offense will be different. This offense will attempt to run you out of the building. This offense will chew clock and kill your will to keep going, and I expect the defense to mold into a "Force the Pass" type defense to keep the opposition from doing them same (much like the Ravens).
Could our road woes be cured (as in, going .500 on the road) with something as simple as a new coordinator? I'd say that there is a good chance.
The fun thing is, we already absolutely own our own place. If we can tread water on the road, we will dominate our division. With our new found ability to win on the road, we will be more successful in the playoffs, and with better success in the playoffs.....