Sunday, December 16, 2012

Seahawks Read Option Source of Strength

The bizarre aspect of fan psychology is that I only feel intense emotion when the home team is losing.  When the Seahawks are winning and winning big it's no big deal, the status quo, just another day at the office.  The last two weeks the Seahawks have scored 50 points -- 50 points so far in the 4th quarter against Buffalo; 58 last week against Arizona.  Rather than study every snap, as I usually do, I tended to chores in the kitchen.  If the game is remotely close, or even if Seattle is being demolished, I will watch every play.  What does this say about being a devoted fan?  That one can never come out ahead.  It's either emotional devastation or business as usual.

That being said, I do think the Seahawks have made a quantum leap in the right direction.  It was the Chicago game and the success Russell Wilson had running the read option.  It was a question I had earlier this season.  Why wasn't Pete Carroll running more option plays?  Well, now -- look at the first half of today's game -- the Seattle offense is foremost Russell Wilson running the read option, and every other set -- spread formation, the I -- second.  And this is as it should be.  You keep the ball on the ground, Marshawn Lynch still gets his yards, but Wilson can also complete passes to his receivers.  San Francisco is also now primarily a read-option offense with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback.  We'll see how the 49ers do tonight against New England.

The Seahawk defense looked a little soft in the first half against the Bills.  But they've had to fill holes in the secondary.  Then in the second half they put the game away by generating several turnovers.  Earl Thomas hit paydirt with a dynamite interception and long return.

I'm starting to believe we can make a run in the playoffs.  The 49ers next week at home will tell a lot.

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