2 reasons the Seahawks’ 1-0 start this season is different from last year

NFL coaches will tell you they don’t dwell on the past, but a look back can also measure change and improvement, and that’s exactly what the Seahawks hope to see on both sides of the ball. This year.

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Oddly enough, this year’s Seahawks got off to a similar start to 2020. Last year’s team also scored a victory on a road trip with a kick-off at 10 a.m. and received much praise for their attack afterwards.

But there are a few key differences when it comes to the start of this year. So, as Pete Carroll and the Seahawks plan to host the Titans in Week 2, my co-host Jake Heaps and I looked back to see if this year’s Seahawks squad – which brought a little seen in week 1 – feels improved from its 2020 version.

Jake: The right offensive system makes all the difference

Quarterback Russell Wilson threw four touchdowns, wide receiver Tyler Lockett had 100 yards and running back Chris Carson nearly as much on the ground in Sunday’s 28-16 win over the Colts. None of this is shocking. But there was something new to Heaps, and that was the system itself.

One of Seattle’s biggest changes this offseason has been the offensive coordinator, and for Heaps that was made clear in Game 1.

“I understand why people would sit there and say, ‘We saw this same song and the same dance last year,” “Heaps said. “Or, ‘We saw a great offensive start, they got a’ W ‘in Atlanta. How is this attack different and how does Russell Wilson start hot if he just crumbles in the second half? I think those are all very valid questions and what I would say in response is that this team needs to earn a new narrative. But what we saw on Sunday is real. They have to come out and prove it, but it was very different for me than what we witnessed in Atlanta (in 2020). “

Wilson threw 31 for 35 last year against the Falcons in a consistent approach that launched its own tagline. But there were two aspects at the beginning that seemed unbearable.

“Being incredibly efficient with so many passing attempts to begin with,” Heaps said. “The other part is going into every game saying, ‘We’re going to throw it 35-40 times and rely on our passing game,’ while their roster – and that’s the key thing – and their philosophy offense weren’t built to be that style. They weren’t made to go into any game against any opponent and win like that. Did they have the ability to do it if the game was in their favor? Yes, and for a good part of the year it happened. But when it came time to adjust, they didn’t have the firepower, they didn’t have the system, and they didn’t have the firepower. not the staff.

“The Seahawks were in this pseudo-in-between (place) trying to broaden their offensive horizon and enter uncharted territory with an offensive coordinator who had never done this before. So that’s what strikes me the most. (New Offensive Coordinator) Shane Waldron has a system in place that he’s been well established for years (with the Los Angeles Rams).

Stacy: It looked like a big step forward for the defensive line.

It’s easy to get lost in the hype when a team throws for four or five touchdowns or accumulates 400 yards of attacking, but there were red flags in defense as early as Week 1 last year. Seattle allowed 506 net yards, including 434 passing yards, by Atlanta. They also allowed the Falcons to successfully convert 50 percent of their third down attempts. The good news was that it wasn’t enough for the Falcons to beat them; the bad news was that allowing so many yards was never going to lead to lasting success.

You’ve seen a much improved defense, especially up front this time around. I would advise against using limited numbers from Week 1 to try to extrapolate what the defensive line can do this season, but so far it’s encouraging. The Seattle defense kept Colts quarterback Carson Wentz at 251 passing yards and limited excellent running play to just 3.8 yards per carry. They also allowed the Colts to convert just 38% of their third attempts.

The secondary, who struggled to stay consistent last season, will get a big test in Week 2 against Titans receivers Julio Jones and AJ Brown. But if there’s one thing you can take from comparing these two Week 1 starts to Seattle, it’s that not all wins are created equal, and I think fans should be happy with the overall balance. this time.

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