Russell Wilson’s most striking misses among Seahawks’ offensive woes – Seattle Seahawks blog

SEATTLE – In a calm and moody visitor’s locker room on Monday night, after the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff prospects died with their 17-15 loss to the Washington soccer team, quarterback Russell Wilson was among the players who spoke.

As coach Pete Carroll described on 710 ESPN Seattle, Wilson held himself accountable with a brief and heartfelt message to his teammates.

“He just said he needs to play better with them and he told them… ‘I have to be better,’” said Carroll. “Guys know. They don’t have to say a lot. It’s not a lot of words. It’s just the sincerity and care that he’s put into it.”

The list of reasons the Seahawks lost on Monday night goes way beyond a few more stray pitches from Wilson. His recent fights don’t just explain why their offense scored just 28 points in a three-game losing streak that coincided with his return from finger surgery, or why they continue to be the worst ever. NFL team to convert on third try.

Their pass protection has been spotty, and they haven’t put together a consistent running game – or, as it did against Washington, no running game – without running back Chris Carson.

But these have been problems in the past.

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Wilson’s precision did not.

Still, one of the NFL’s most accurate passer missed shots he rarely, if ever, missed before sustaining a finger injury in Week 5 that required surgery and wasted. sidelined for a month.

“I think we saw Russ making some amazing plays and throws and then throws that are really routine for him not to be completed,” Carroll said on his radio show Tuesday while reiterating that nothing was right. through with Wilson in practice. “He missed the first play of third down when the ball took off on him and there were a few more in third down situations where we really didn’t need to do anything different. We just needed to. to throw it and catch it. “

Monday night’s opening third down pitch went well on tight end Gerald Everett’s header into the flat. Wilson hit a similar shot to Everett later in the first half and missed it again in his other miss that scratched his head. This one was on a third and 4 play in the third quarter, when a stationary Everett was open in the middle of the line to win but had no chance of catching a short pitch that was to the right.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Wilson has the highest off-target rate (23.7%) among any qualified quarterbacks since returning in Week 10. This metric measures the percentage of non-completions (at the excluding jets and spikes) which were unattainable. Wilson had the 10th lowest off target rate (14.4%) from Weeks 1-9.

Seventeen of his 22 off-target failures since Week 10 have been knocked down, tied with Trevor Lawrence for the most NFL knockdowns in that span. Wilson had 15 knockdowns in his first five games of the season.

Illustrating how confusing Wilson’s misfires have been, Carroll noted on his radio show that he had his generally excellent touch on deep throws – like the two he hit to receiver Tyler Lockett on Monday night – and that the problem seemed to be when he had to drive the ball over a line. Then again, his first touchdown pass against Washington was a short laser to Everett in the narrowest windows. His 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver Freddie Swain in the dying seconds, who completed a 96-yard rush that gave Seattle hope for overtime, was also on a draw.

After reviewing Washington’s game with Wilson, Carroll felt his misfires were the result of trying to put too much heat on shorter shots.

“There are only a few plays in there, really on the shorter passing game that he just really tried to break into football and maybe threw it a little too hard, threw it more stronger than normal trying to make sure the ball was there and sharp and all of that, ”Carroll said Wednesday.“ The balls on the field, he pitched the ball really well. On the move, fine. But we weren’t as sharp as we should be… It’s easily fixed. Easily corrected. He feels good. He doesn’t feel like he’s overwhelmed by the past surgery and stuff. He’s ready to go. “

Pass protection was also a factor against Washington, with Wilson sending a deep throw to wide receiver DK Metcalf with his back foot as right guard Gabe Jackson was pushed back towards him. A late-game third-and-ten didn’t stand a chance when Wilson was immediately pressured and sacked in a four-man rush.

“We need to protect ourselves better,” Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. “We have to keep the guys off his chops – [they were] right in front of him several times; we were knocked down – so he had room to throw. “

The Seahawks are ranked 12th in ESPN’s passing block success rate this season (61.4%). They were sixth (65.8%) in all three games since Wilson’s return, but placed 25th for Week 12 (56%).

Asked about Everett’s post-game remark that the Seahawks “fought for protection and the whole league knows it,” Wilson said “it’s not the O line’s fault.” He also reiterated that his finger “isn’t the problem.”

“I think today I missed a few,” Wilson said on Monday. “There is one that I threw really high because I was knocked down… Earlier I think, [I needed to] adjust my eyes a bit. It wasn’t like I didn’t feel confident with it… You fight every day just to find a way to make games and do what we have to do. I trained every day and we trained well. I know sometimes you shoot and it just won’t fit. So I’m going to keep shooting. “

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