We talked about this yesterday on the show of whether or not the Seahawks need to pass the ball more. Actually, it's been written in one local paper that the team must pass more because you can't keep giving so many carries to Marshawn Lynch because he will break down with all the carries.
From our research, Lynch is averaging 21 carries a game and is on pace for 336 this season, which is below the mark of the number of carries that Shaun Alexander had back in the Super Bowl year of 2005, which was 370.
In that same year, Matt Hasselbeck averaged 28 passes. To make a comparison to this years Seahawks, Russell Wilson is averaging 25. So, we are making a big deal in this city about THREE more attempts per game.
The biggest difference between Hasselbeck and Wilson is efficiency. In 2005, Hasselbeck completed 65 percent of his passes. Wilson is only completing 59 percent of his throws.
However, there are two areas that really stick out when evaluating the two. On third down, from 3-7 yards in 2005, Hasselbeck threw for 424 yards and completed 66 percent of those throws. Wilson and the offense has struggled with that same down and distance this season as he is only completing 47 percent of his throws for 154 yards.
The other area is the redzone. In 2005, Hasselbeck and the Seahawks were a machine as he completed 66 percent of his throws with 15 TD's and just 2 INT's. In the same situation this year, Wilson is completing just 46 percent and has 3 TD's and zero INT's.
See, it's not about throwing the ball more and running less, it's about being efficient with your throws and Seattle's offense has been poor this year in that category.