Russell Wilson’s injuries slowing down rushing attack: ‘It changes when you’re not running all the styles of runs that you can normally have’

Russell Wilson’s injuries slowing down rushing attack: ‘It changes when you’re not running all the styles of runs that you can normally have’

The Seattle Seahawks have built their reputation under a bruising run game that controls the clock and gives the defense the opprtunity to rest and be aggressive, but with quarterback Russell Wilson’s list of leg injuries mounting, the ground game hasn’t been as advertised.

“Still trying to find it, in truth,” said assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable, via ESPN.

“Sometimes it looks OK, and then other times it doesn’t look worth a damn. So we have work to do and continuing to chase it.”

“It’s a different run game that we’re using right now,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

“It’s still part of us. It’s still something that we’ve always had. The zone-read part of it has been used not as much, and we’ve gone to other styles of runs. They’re fine. But some of the things that we’ve done in the passing game, you’ve seen that we get the ball out pretty quick, we’re protecting the quarterback well. So that’s helped me feel more comfortable, whether it’s just dropping back, because it changes a lot of things.

“It changes when you’re not running all the styles of runs that you can normally have. It changes some of your play-actions, some of your movement game and that kind of thing. So some of the passes that we’ve been using, I think of them as just extended runs a little bit because you’re able to get 4, 6, 8 yards out of some of those passes.”