I remember listening to a Doug Farrar/Greg Cosell podcast back in early 2011 - the Seahawks had just drafted James Carpenter and John Moffitt, let Matt Hasselbeck go in free agency, brought in Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice, and Marshawn Lynch was yet to really find his groove in the offense - and Cosell said something when describing the Seahawks' offense that really stuck with me.
"It is an incredibly slow offense."
Now, that was then. Dear lord, remember that team? Cosell was saying this as the Seahawks were coming off of a 2010 season where Mike Williams led the team with 65 receptions for 751 yards, and was followed statistically by Ben Obomanu, Deon Butler, Brandon Stokley and John Carlson. Marshawn Lynch was the featured back, and was spelled by Justin Forsett. Julius Jones and Chris Baker were on that team. Deion Branch was on that team.
2011 started out a little differently -- Doug Baldwin emerged as the Seahawks' best receiver - Rice had an injury-shortened season and BMW was ineffective - and Golden Tate improved as the Seahawks injected a little 'juice' into their offense, but still, no one player had, as Cosell likes to put it, that 'zuzu' element to their game. Tate's a pinball with an internal gyroscope whose specialty is YAC, but mostly because of his physical style of running and not explosive speed. Baldwin is more quick than fast - relying on absurd hops, body control, great route running, and excellent hands to make his plays. He's not the guy you use to stretch the field and he's not going to get the ball in space and make five guys miss.
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