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Sam’s Film Room: How Shane Waldron can fix Russell Wilson and Seahawks’ passing game (Part II)

While there seems to be a lot of drama going on with Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, and the Seattle Seahawks, I wanted to spend some time looking at Shane Waldron and the Seahawks’ new pass game. I wanted to look at some of the main concepts he’ll use - like glance, two-man stick “Omaha,” and shallow cross - and discuss how all these pair with the run game that we broke down in my last video (here).

One of the key takeaways I had while going through the Los Angeles Rams’ film from 2020 was the amount of play-action the Rams use. They were Top 3 in the NFL last season in play-action frequency running it at roughly 31 percent of their plays; however, the Rams were just 19th in yards per attempt on those throws. I think a large part of that had to do with their quarterback - Jared Goff, who is just okay - but I think having a guy like Russell Wilson can do wonders in this offense. He will make that scheme even more dynamic.

From looking at his Wilson’s film from last year, one area where I think this scheme can help him is that it will simplify what he’s asked to do. The scheme will allow him to get the ball out to his playmakers in order to create yards after the catch. Also the variety of play-calling will help open up shots deep to his receivers like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. This is what I’m most excited for. Additionally, I just love how the play-calling pairs so well to attack the tendencies of the defense. I know that Shane Waldron never called plays with the Rams, but my hope is that he learned a lot from coaching under Sean McVay for the past four seasons.

This video is almost 10 minutes long. Sit back, relax, and I hope you enjoy it!

Note: This is Part II of this two-part video series. Part I (here) was on the run scheme. Make sure you watch that too to fully understand how this scheme pairs together.

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