10:00am road games are always brutal, but as with last week when the Seahawks went to Minnesota, Seattle started well against the Ravens, meandered just a bit, then finished the first half with a touchdown pass off of a turnover.
It goes from there to more success in the second half, so let's look at how Russell Wilson hit cleanup in this game and left the Ravens' secondary wondering just what they could do.
Side note for new readers:
The video above provides all plays and replays for each breakdown. They are placed in order of breakdown. It is best to fullscreen the videos if you can. Any wrinkles or small things you think I may have missed please post down in the comments as it helps me improve with each of these.
Touchdown #1: 8-yards to Tyler Lockett on 3rd and 4
The Seahawks do a nice job to shake off the Thomas Rawls injury here on this play. The formation is as follows: Jermaine Kearse, Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin are lined up on the left side of the formation. Luke Willson is aligned tight to the formation on the right side of the line, and Fred Jackson is standing next to Russell Wilson in the backfield.
At the snap:
This play is all about pass protection, as Baltimore rushed three and attempts to bring a total of five rushers, though on the left, they appeared to be spying Russell the whole way on this play. Why is this all about pass pro? Simple: Baldwin and Lockett are both going to run long crossing routes. Baldwin's is going to be short, in front of the endzone (past the sticks), and Lockett is going to run one behind Baldwin's though the back of the endzone.
This isn't a quick developing play. However, Seattle uses the cluster f** that is the defense to pick off Lockett's defender, and you have a wide open touchdown. (You can see all this on the replay.)
Touchdown #2 14-yards for Doug Baldwin on 2nd and 10
The formation is the exact same as the play above.
At the snap:
The play is the exact same too. This time though, Lockett is held, and Baldwin ends up one-on-one on his crossing route instead of clamped down. The killer here is that Baltimore only elects to send three rushers at Wilson, and Wilson never gives these concepts away either -- he keeps his head dead center on the drop back.
Touchdown #3: 22-yards to Doug Baldwin on 2nd and 20
This formation has a few more wrinkles in it. They go three-wide again, with Luke Willson on the end of the right side, again standing up. The three-wide formation is a bunch formation, with the interesting wrinkle of Fred Jackson in the backfield behind it. This will almost certainly draw the attention of the defense on the down and distance because this look screams: "Screen pass."
At the snap:
Luke Wilson stones Elvis Dumervil and Garry Gilliam picks him up. Fred Jackson hits the other edge rusher. and despite no pulling linemen, the play still smells of screen. Check the defenders on the right side during the play, as Baldwin breaks after absorbing contact down the field. (See replay)
They are still peaking into the backfield, expecting some kind of screen. So are the corners, as they give ground to keep from getting blocked. Once Baldwin comes free there's no one there, as the linebacker still has his head turned.
Tendency; I continue to find if Darrell Bevell dials something up for a big play, he's getting the defense to buy something that's not real, but makes sense in that situation.
Touchdown #4: 49-yards to Tyler Lockett on 1st and 10
This formation is a pretty basic Offset-I formation with Will Tukuafu at fullback, Fred Jackson behind him, and Russell Wilson under center. Tyler Lockett is outside right, Doug Baldwin is in the slot, and Jermaine Kearse is all by himself left.
At the snap:
Key on Russell Okung to start. He's going to help with a quick punch on Justin Britt's guy, and then he swings out to throw the defender past the pocket. This gives Wilson the perfect swing at this.
Baltimore thought this was run the whole way, but check the replay -- Baldwin is gonna suck up the safety and all the middle coverage of the linebackers. This puts Lockett 1-on-1 on the outside. (This play is best to catch on the replay.) Lockett's going to run a streak with a little veteran subtlety and no, I'm not talking about a push-off.
Watch Lockett's patience on this route to wait for Webb to turn his back to run step for step. This is where Lockett makes his quick move to the outside, and as he does, Russell Wilson uncorks a beautiful football. Lockett makes an adjustment with his feet so he can slow a bit catch and finish. There is a hint of a push off, but it's so quick you won't catch it too easily on replay.
Lockett's patience is key though -- most times, young guys get all excited that they have a 1-on-1, and they just run for that daylight. Lockett lets the defender declare and then is all like "Bye, you're ankles are going to hurt the next time you get burned by us." and Webb is all like "Huh?"
Touchdown #5 16-Yards to Doug Baldwin on 2nd and 7
This play is 12 personnel: Doug Baldwin is wide right, Anthony McCoy is on the end of the line. Cooper Helfet is tight left and Kevin Smith is wide left. DuJuan Harris is in the backfield with Russell Wilson in shotgun.
At The snap:
Baltimore brings a blitz, probably expecting a run. Seattle wants to finish this game and they're taking the shot.
McCoy and Harris stay in to block. Cooper runs down the field, and Smith is running also. Somehow the Ravens decide to leave Baldwin 1-on-1 in the softest off coverage anyone will see. Doug Baldwin is going to sell this as a go pattern and Webb is going to try and bait the outside throw by turning inside. As soon as he does, Baldwin is going to cut inside to the post, leaving Webb and his broken ankles in his wake.The move is so fast even the replay can't catch it.
Reminds me of this play
I've compared Largent and Baldwin for good reason and this play is a great example. The Roll continues. Your thoughts desired below.