Defensive coordinators always like to blitz and fake blitz rookie quarterbacks. But the Seattle Seahawks have the ability to limit the attacks on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson because of a run game led by halfback Marshawn Lynch. Dom Capers, the Packers' defensive coordinator, said Seattle was able to keep Dallas from blitzing much last week because of favorable down-and-distances and Lynch's ability to gash blitzes for explosive plays. "There’s going to be some big seams open in that run game (when you blitz)," Capers said today. "That’s when you see Lynch come out of there for 20 or 30 yards. So you have to pick your spots and be conscious of it. They did such a good job running the ball last week. They’ve done a nice job with a rookie quarterback. He’s got good movement. When you have an outstanding run game, it takes the pressure off your quarterback, and your play-action pass is a lot more effective. If you’re an up-field, penetrating defense, you’re probably going to have trouble with this running game." Wilson, the rookie quarterback from Wisconsin, has 48 yards on 12 carries in only two games, so he's more than willing to run the ball, and with a 40-yard dash time in the 4.5-second range, he's fast enough to pick up big chunks of yards. One option Capers and many coordinators deploy against the best running quarterbacks is using a linebacker to spy on or mirror them on passing downs. However, that takes a player away from either the pass rush or coverage. "Everything’s going to start with our ability to not let them control the down and distance situations by running the football," Capers said. "If they do that then they take a lot of the pressure off the rookie quarterback."
To blitz or not to blitz
Nov. 6, 2013
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