March 8, 2021

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‘Teams just started to figure us out’

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‘Teams just started to figure us out’


DK Metcalf joined former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the “I Am Athlete” podcast to discuss what went wrong with the Seattle Seahawks’ offense in the second half of the 2020 season.

The second-year wide receiver told Marshall that opposing teams limited Seattle’s offense primarily by taking away the deep ball.

“Teams just started to figure us out,” Metcalf said. “We’ve been running deep pass, ever since Pete [Carroll] got there. Play-action. Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, go deep. Teams just said, ‘We’re just not gonna let you all go deep.’”

Indeed, numerous teams constantly threw the Seahawks two-deep looks to eliminate shot plays, and it worked. Those big plays were a crucial component in Seattle’s volcanic offensive production in the first five weeks. They were never able to recapture that form for the rest of the season and they exited the postseason with a whimper because of it despite the defense improving by a considerable margin over the course of the year.

The Seahawks must work to maximize the talent they have on offense and find ways around the two-deep looks if they want to have any chance of competing for a title in 2021.

DK Metcalf on Seahawks’ offensive woes: ‘Teams just started to figure us out’