Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll get brutally honest on Seahawks’ disjointed offense
The Seattle Seahawks are technically still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but it feels as though this isn’t going to be one of those seasons where Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, and company are going to make it past the last week of the regular season. A disjointed offense is largely to blame for the Seahawks’ offense, and they got reminded of that again in Week 11 when they lost to an Arizona Cardinals team that didn’t even have Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.
Carroll was completely honest about his team’s performance, particularly on offense, when he spoke to the media following the Arizona game, per Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic:
“I’m just disappointed I don’t have any new answers for you,” Carroll said. “That’s the real challenge for the staff: We have to find our ways to get our guys to execute better so that we’re not in the same situation. It’s like the same story. And that can drive you a little bit batty.”
Just how bad were the Seahawks on offense in the 23-13 loss to the Cardinals? Very. Seattle only had 16 first downs to 29 by Arizona. The Seahawks were also a horrible 2-of-10 on third downs plus, while Wilson connected on just 14 of his 26 pass attempts.
Seattle even entered Week 11 as the third-worst team in the NFL in third-down success rate and worst in fourth-down conversion percentage.
“Third down is all about making plays and finding a way,” Wilson said. “We gotta figure out what that is, figure out how to do it.”
Prior to the loss to the Cards, the Seahawks’ offense got absolutely shut down in a 17-0 road loss to the Green Bay Packers in which DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett combined for only five receptions on 16 targets.