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Seahawks on tape: Brian Schottenheimer should tap into the offense’s R

l Ah Duane Brown Jersey , the eve of a new Seattle Seahawks season. At such a time, we all have many hopes and dreams. What’s yours? Dreaming of MVP Russell Wilson? Hoping Shaquem Griffin wins ROTY? Demanding a return of the Tanzania flag?Because I’m a massive nerd, a lot of my wishes are scheme-based. For instance: I’d like Seattle to use Will Dissly as Germain Ifedi’s full-time carer. Another Xs and Os fantasy of mine is for Seattle to call Run-Pass Option plays. The Seahawks have genuine RPO potential. So real that with a cursory glance I thought the below play was an RPO. I had witty puns and metaphors ready to declare Seattle as an RPO team. Don’t worry though, I’m not misidentifying a simple handoff or play-action as an RPO. I’m sick of that too. Instead, I’ll acknowledge that the clip is of a simple inside power which gets two double teams at the point of attack. But it could be so much more鈥he Nick Foles playoff run and Super Bowl victory has been covered to the point of exhaustion. But what the Eagles did is truly remarkable. Philadelphia managed to get Foles simple one-on-ones regularly. They threw a ton of slants versus the man-to-man of the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings.My Mobile drinking buddy Michael Kist spoke of some fantastic statistics. Foles was 0.2 seconds quicker to throw in postseason. On play-action plays, including RPOs, the 2017 regular season average was 10.3 yards depth of target, 2.85 seconds down the field snap to throw. In the playoffs’ play-action, that depth of target went down to 7.3 yards average, but the time to throw shortened to an incredible 2.27 seconds. To put that in context, in 2015 Foles was averaging 14.6 yards per target. On RPO plays, you can’t be wrong as an offense. You can only be right. It’s about getting the defense to pick their poison. And then making them chug it down.Seattle, on a lot of their power run-blocking schemes, has left the backside tackle on an island after the pulling of the guard next to him. In pass protection too, the backside of five-man protections from overloaded formations such as trips has been on an island—yes, even for Germain Ifedi. This “island” screams natural passing lane to me. Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles ran RPO plays last year, and this year we can expect the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants to join them. What made the Eagles’ RPO plays so special was what they did on the backside: they pass-set. It is not a giant leap for Seattle to pass-set their backside tackle from his current, tight reach block. On seeing the pass-set, the defensive end keys pass and therefore will take a wider path to the quarterback. Wilson would have the time to make the throw, if he took that decision.The throw must be quick developing; a slant is perfect. The isolated Jaron Brown at the top of the screen is teasing at running it on his crackback-to-the-safety path—I hate how lazy he is here. The slant would attack the vacated area opened up the backside defender chasing the play. The read for the RPO could be multiple. First, there are pre-snap reads—made before the snap of the football. Here’s John DeFlippo on them:“Conventional wisdom surrounding RPOs is that the quarterback makes a read after the snap and reaches a decision based on a defender’s movements. But [John] DeFilippo says the ratio is tipped the other way. “Based on box numbers [or whether the] corner is playing off Authentic Germain Ifedi Jersey , those are pre-snap decisions before you get the ball in your hands,’” he says. DeFilippo estimates about 70 percent of the quarterback’s choices on an RPO are made before a play begins.”The Seahawks could make a pre-snap decision based on the box count. On the play, they have six-on-six in the box, so the handoff would have been made on the read. Seattle could make a pre-snap decision based on the leverage. The pre-snap motion is nice, as it gives the coverage indicator. It also, if unfollowed, provides a numbers advantage to the perimeter. Knowing it is off-man coverage and two-high safeties, you know the slant is coming open with the run action. As colleague Ollie Connolly said to me: “any running play with off-coverage should really by an RPO, it’s one of those “why not” things.”Then there are post-snap reads, made after the snap. These can be made in conjunction with or after a pre-snap read. Or they can be done as a stand-alone inspection.Seattle could make a post-snap decision based on the backside linebacker leverage, a second-level RPO. This has been the most common RPO read in the NFL. On the example I’ve picked, the nearest linebacker is nowhere near the receiver. He is well into his run fit.The Seahawks play has almost the entire recipe of pass reads. You may ask why not just check out of the run if you see something better? Or why not run a normal play-action out of it? But an RPO eases Wilson’s task. Moreover, it gives him two plays, more defensive confusion and what should be a guaranteed success. RPOs provide offensive coordinators and quarterbacks with a giant data log of the defense. The best playcallers can note how defenses react to the plays and then use that diagnosis to later dissect them. An example of this is illustrated well by Robert Mays: “When the Eagles saw a light box last season, they’d use hand signals to eliminate the pass elements of an RPO call entirely. By turning those snaps into more straightforward running plays, Philadelphia was able to return to the same formation later on. If defenses chose to stack the box that time around, the Eagles could break out passing elements they hadn’t yet unveiled.”Much alarm and panic scattered amongst Seahawks fans following Brian Schottenheimer’s announcement of wanting to win against heavy boxes. “So it’s a heavy 8-man box, we’ve only got our seven blockers, they’ve got the extra safety down there, and so what’s critical is the ability to get movement up front鈥eople are going to want to make you one-dimensional. We have to be able to run versus 8-man fronts, and that’s not always with checks. It’s got to have runs that you believe in (and that) this groups believes in. ‘Hey Schotty, we can run this no matter what we do,’ and I think we’re finding that identity right now.” RPO plays mean they wouldn’t have to win against boxes they are outnumbered in Youth Earl Thomas III Jersey , instead showing run even more clearly than play-action but passing.The Seahawks could go more extreme with the pass-setting of the backside of the offensive line, extending it to the backside two. This has big effects for the run game too. The Patriots here had a 6v5 numerical advantage in the box. Yet, due to the Eagles having their backside guard and tackle pass-set, Elandon Roberts keyed pass. Roberts being nowhere near his run fit created a cavern for Jay Ajayi to surge through.It would be sweet to see Seattle utilize two receiver combinations too, such as rub routes. They have a nice pin-pull sweep outside, with twins to the backside. Exploiting a defense’s extreme flow would prove effective.But now I’m getting ahead of myself. The slant I highlighted the potential of is one-small step for college, one giant leap for most of the NFL. This potential slant RPO would be a very gentle way to dip the toes in the water. Teams give nothing away in the pre-season, but it is a brave new world for most teams. Brian Schottenheimer hopefully has it in his playbook. If not, he should, because it’s easy, “can’t be wrong” yards.Tyler Lockett, as compared to Golden Tate and Paul Richardson When it was reported on Wednesday morning that the Seattle Seahawks had locked up Tyler Lockett to a three-year extension and $20 million guaranteed, the news was met with some shock by fans. Not because Lockett isn’t talented, that much is obvious, but because the team opted to lock down a future with him instead of doing so with Paul Richardson, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract with Washington in the offseason. The deal also comes more than four years after the Seahawks opted to move on from Golden Tate and instead hitch a wagon, some draft picks, and $67 million (not really near that much) to Percy Harvin. Could Lockett, who has caught three touchdowns over the last two seasons, really be a more attractive long-term option than either of those two were? The numbers so far would suggest “Yes” and by a considerably wide margin.Though Lockett’s inconsistency has been a bit maddening, we forget just how rare it is to find any receiver that can do the things he does at times. Both Tate and Richardson also displayed unique gifts at the receiver position, but they too struggled to remain healthy and consistent throughout their Seattle tenures. All three players were drafted on day two and all three players left something to be desired through their first three seasons. However when comparing all three players http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/ … win-jersey , Lockett stands well above Tate and Richardson.Lockett’s first three seasons:137 catches on 206 targets, 66.5% catch rate, 1,816 yards, 13.3 YPC, nine touchdownsTate’s first three seasons:101 catches on 165 targets, 61.2% catch rate, 1,297 yards, 12.8 YPC, 10 touchdownsRichardson’s first three seasons:51 catches on 81 targets, 62.9% catch rate, 599 yards, 11.7 YPC, two touchdownsInstead, Lockett compares favorably to the Seahawks’ best receiver of this century when looking at their first three campaigns.Doug Baldwin’s first three seasons:130 catches on 207 targets, 62.8% catch rate, 1,932 yards, 14.9 YPC, 12 touchdownsThere is important context to note with all of these players, which is what I’ll do now. First of all, Tate played his first two seasons with Matt Hasselbeck Kam Chancellor Jersey , Charlie Whitehurst, and Tarvaris Jackson. He was best with Jackson, but was generally useless with all three. He was much better with a rookie Russell Wilson, catching 42 of 63 targets from Wilson for seven touchdowns and a passer rating of 129.9. Still, hindsight on Tate is usually about the Seahawks not re-signing him and people forget rather easily that frustrations with Tate mounted to the point of wondering if he’d even make the team in 2012.Of course, Richardson’s issues typically stemmed from injuries, with him missing virtually all of his second season in 2015. His bookend years around that included 271 yards as a rookie and 288 yards in a relatively healthy 2016 campaign. I can’t say there was anything too extension-worthy about the player who many are complaining is gone now because he didn’t get any of the money from Seattle that Lockett just did. That’s actually not surprising at all though: when the Seahawks drafted Lockett, it was likely because of this moment right now. They had just seen Richardson miss the entire season, they knew that he’d likely return and hope he’d be productive just long enough to leave in 2018 and open the door for Lockett. You can disagree with the plan, but this still looks like the execution of a plan. And the player that Lockett was in 2015 as a rookie is much better than any version of Richardson, including his 703-yard campaign last season.Which leads us to the fact that Lockett has indeed had a very backwards career in terms of what you’d expect leading to an extension. His best season came during his freshman entry into the NFL, and even before his broken leg in 2016 he was really inconsistent; Lockett had 23 yards or less in seven of the first 11 games that season. He then started to get into a bit of a hot streak, putting up 234 yards in the next three contests, before breaking his leg the following week on an extraordinary catch against the Arizona Cardinals.He was said to have played at about 80% last season, and while there were plenty of times he was a non-factor (10 games under 30 yards), he still showed speed and explosiveness that is incredibly rare, including 121 yards against the Houston Texans and a 74-yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ elite secondary. Here are a bunch of Lockett highlights as a receiver:Lockett is also an All-Pro punt and kick returner, far surpassing the work done in that area by Tate or Richardson. I don’t think he has much of a future on special teams at this point, that’s not why they signed him for three more years, but it is another specialty in his game and a display — much like a Steve Smith or Antonio Brown — of how incredible he is with the ball in his hands.The Seahawks deal with Lockett is a bit surprising just because the only receiver they’ve really given a second contract to in this era is Baldwin (Mike Williams doesn’t really count), but then again not surprising when you compare the numbers between those two. And Lockett may have an even higher ceiling.

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