Former Seattle Seahawks Player Richard Sherman Feels This Strategy Could Help the Seattle Seahawks in 2021

Published 03/22/2021, 9:34 AM EDT
Dec 6, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches early pregame warmups against the New York Giants at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson is not a happy customer. The Seattle Seahawks QB has already made it clear that he is not content with the protection that his O-line has provided him over the past couple of seasons. 


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Last season, in fact, Wilson was sacked a total of 48 times. This gave rise to the rumor of Russell Wilson apparently seeking a trade.

While the player’s agent denied this claim, he did mention that Wilson had a couple of destinations in mind if he were to get traded.


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A trade, however, looks unlikely to go through this season. And thus it looks like Russell Wilson will be in Seattle for at least another season.

So just how can Head Coach Pete Carroll make things easier for Wilson and the franchise. A former Seahawk believes he has the answer. 

Run game to aid Seattle Seahawks 

While talking to Pro Football Focus, former Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman was asked whether sticking to a solid defense and running the rock is something Carrol could do to appease Wilson and help the team going into the new season. 

To that, Sherman agreed, considering how it is something that has helped Pete Carroll in the past. “Yeah, I mean, it’s gonna be interesting because that strategy is what’s worked on every level for him.

“It’s worked out it worked at USC. Even when he had great passers and great pass catchers,” Sherman said.


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Sherman further said how the same strategy worked for the side in with elite ball carriers like Reggie Bush and Marshawn Lynch. 

“You know when he still had Reggie Bush and LenDale White running the ball. When he had Marshawn Lynch at his best. That’s the strategy that wins most in football.”

Sherman further built on this by pointing out how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers succeeded with the same strategy last season.  


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“Even with Tampa, you know, it was a great defense. They ran the football with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

“They ran the football, they balanced it out. You know, they made big plays in the passing game, but it was running the football that established a play-action, and helped move the football down the field.”  

Running the football more would also equate to Russell Wilson taking lesser hits. So should trading for an elite running back be high on the agenda for the Seattle Seahawks going into 2021?


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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.