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Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer finds game easier to call in new run-first offense

Brian Schottenheimer, Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have continued their upward surge into the playoff picture over the last several weeks behind a heavy reliance of their running game to lead the charge offensively.

This has been the type of game plan that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer voiced that utilizing the running game as their primary factor has made it “easier” to play call in the process.  (h/t Liz Mathews of Seahawks Wire)

“I think it’s critical,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Friday. “I think when you know who you are, it’s easier to game plan. It’s easier to call the game. Your players kind of know what to expect.”

Seattle has benefitted greatly from this game planning as they rank first in the league with 148.8 rushing yards per game, which helped steady their offense to rank ninth in the league with 26.6 points per contest. This has been a game plan that has allowed for the Seahawks to get back to their formula that has found success in the past behind a heavy dosage of the running game while their defense has stepped into being one of the better units in the league.

Running back Chris Carson has been the leading factor in the running game as he has 704 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season. Carson has posted three games with more than 100 rushing yards while posting more than 50 rushing yards eight times. What has also been key that game plan is that it has utilized star quarterback Russell Wilson’s ability to make plays with his legs as he has rushed for 245 yards.

Beyond that, it has helped make him a more dangerous passer as he’s currently fourth in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes to just five interceptions while also ranking fourth with a 115.5 passer rating. The combination of these factors has lifted the Seahawks firmly into the playoff picture in the first wildcard spot after winning four out of their last six games. Seattle will continue to ride with this game plan through the rest of the season in hopes it can help them put together a deep playoff run.