Vintage Russell Wilson and new Alex Collins look keep Seahawks afloat – Seattle Seahawks blog
SANTA CLARA, Calif .– Pete Carroll called Russell Wilson “spectacular” for the way he has rallied the Seattle Seahawks offense since his inept debut Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.
Left tackle Duane Brown called his quarterback something he couldn’t quite repeat after watching Wilson play the climax of Seattle’s 28-21 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
As the Seahawks led 14-7 in the third quarter, Wilson took a shotgun blast and escaped a possible sack from cornerback Dontae Johnson, who had not been hit in a blitz. on the left edge. With Nick Bosa on him, Wilson rushed to his right and landed a back kick into the end zone for Freddie Swain, putting the ball on a rope about 30 yards in the air even though he was heading towards the sideline and didn’t settle down before letting go.
“I was speechless, man,” Brown said. “I just went to see him and I said, ‘You’re a bad m-fer.’ That was what I told him. I really didn’t have much to say. It was one of the best plays I’ve seen of him since I’ve been here. “
Wilson is still one of the NFL’s most elusive quarterbacks in 10th grade, which he also showed on a 16-yard touchdown.
The Seahawks (2-2) are still very much alive after two straight losses that brought them down to 1-2 and raised the disturbing question of whether their season would still be afloat after a pair of NFC West games in five days. Which is why Brown said they are approaching this one as a “must-win”, knowing that division matches carry extra weight in the standings.
And that’s why it didn’t look good when the Seahawks scored three goals in their first five possessions, tying the most to start a regular season game since Carroll arrived in 2010. Those five possessions have scored fewer. 7 yards as Wilson was sacked three times in 15 plays.
Wilson then told offensive coordinator Shane Waldron that they should tap into their expanded fast tempo repertoire. But they couldn’t do it until they finally got a first down via a 28-yard Alex Collins catch out of the backfield. That kicked off a six-play, 80-yard practice that Wilson capped off with a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf.
Seattle then scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions of the second half: Wilson’s scramble, his throw to Swain and a 14-yard run by Collins. It was a gap from their first three games, when the Seahawks had scored zero points in the third quarter and 13 total points in the second half.
“I don’t think the mood has ever changed or that we’ve ever doubted ourselves,” Metcalf said. “We always know what we have in our offense, so stay positive, have no doubts on the sidelines and our defense really got us into the first quarter.”
What the Seahawks have in their offense is an elite quarterback and one of the best collections of talent in the NFL, which makes stretches like the one at the start of this game all the more itchy.
They could also have a new No. 2 running back.
If Collins continues to make the spark as he did on Sunday, with 78 yards and a 12-touchdown touchdown (10 rushes for 44 yards and two receptions for 34 more), there will be no reason to withdraw him of that role even when Rashaad Penny is eligible to leave the casualty reserve in two weeks.
The way Collins worked his way through the San Francisco defense on his touchdown illustrated the difference in his run on his second stint with the Seahawks compared to when they drafted him in 2016. He is lighter – listed at 210 pounds – and more changeable as a result.
Carroll believes Collins hit around 220 as a rookie, feeling he needed more volume to absorb the NFL hammering.
“It just didn’t suit him,” Carroll said. “He’s got good feet and he’s very fast. That’s how he did all these jobs in college. And he was like, ‘I have to get fat.’ He just didn’t look that good, so when he came back to us, the first time he came back, everybody said, “Holy cow. No wonder he won a bunch of yards at the Ravens. “He just looked better. He looked classier and the kind of player our guys had seen in college.”
Wilson looked astute himself on his 16-yard touchdown run. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, he hit 19.23 mph on this game, his second fastest speed as a running back since Next Gen started tracking speed in 2018 and his fastest on a TD during of this period.
Wilson finished 16 of 23 for 149 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions as he reached the 100th regular season win of his career. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Wilson joins Peyton Manning as the only starting quarterback to win at least 100 regular-season games in his first 10 seasons.
Reflecting on this milestone, Wilson recalled how he attended Manning Death Academy when he was young. He thanked the Seahawks for taking his chances with him and noted the impact his mother and late father had on his success. Then he quoted his close friend and longtime mental conditioning trainer, Trevor Moawad, who, before passing away last month, always told Wilson that “the best is yet to come”.
“I’m excited for the next hundred,” Wilson said.
Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams would be a good time to start.