Off and running? Not yet in Seattle
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The running game. There wasn't one.
The Seahawks finished the game with 77 yards, but the bulk came late when the game was already decided. When Deion Branch scored Seattle's fourth and final touchdown 5 minutes into the second half, the Seahawks had all of 10 yards rushing at that point.
So is there any hope that ground game is going to improve?
"I can share my experience," said Leon Washington, acquired in the offseason from New York. "Last year with the Jets, they led the league in rushing, and I remember early on it was tough sledding for us. New running scheme we had last year with the Jets, and preseason didn't look that good."
That changed once the regular season began. The Jets rushed for more than 200 yards each of the first two games, the offense off and running.
"Everybody just connected together and ended up leading the league in rushing," Washington said. "Will that happen here? I can't say that we're going to lead the league in rushing. I don't know what's going to happen, but if we keep working the way we're working, it will eventually connect."
So what has been the problem so far because the running game has been consistent going back to the exhibition games. It's just the running game has been consistently ineffective.
"Honestly, it's a collective effort," Washington said. "You can not say the offensive line, you can not say it's the running backs.
"Sometimes we miss our read. Sometime we don't pressure the hole. Sometimes the wide receivers don't come dig the safety out, sometimes it's the tight end. So collectively, we've all got to do our job in order for it to be a good running game."
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