For years, Seattle Seahawks fans have voiced their desires for the franchise to change up its conservative offensive style it's had ever since hiring Pete Carroll to head coach.
"Let Russ cook" became a rallying cry among Seahawks Twitter and now after appearing to embrace the philosophy to begin the season before being figured out, the noise may be coming from the locker room as well.
Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd reported Wednesday that he's been told privately by two different Seattle starters that they are frustrated by Carroll's offense.
Then, star receiver D.K. Metcalf told Bryan Marshall teams began figuring out Seattle's offense, causing the team to disappoint.
"Teams just started to figure us out," Metcalf said. "We've been running deep the past-- ever since Pete got there. It's play-action, run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, go deep. Teams just said we're not gonna let you go deep."
After Metcalf's comments went viral, Cowherd discussed Carroll's insistence on running the ball during Wednesday's show.
Cowherd goes on to question why the Seattle head coach wants to run the ball so much, a decision he doubled down on a day after losing to Los Angeles in the Wild Card round before firing Brian Schottenheimer.
“We have to run the ball better, not even better, we have to run it more. We have to dictate what’s going on with the people that we’re playing, and that’s one of the ways to do that," said Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle radio.
"I know the fans aren’t real jacked on hearing that, but Russ knows it, too. We need to be able to knock those guys into the scheme that we want to throw at."
Cowherd makes points that are almost assuredly being brought up privately among Seattle's players. Why do we want to run the ball so much while fielding one of the league's best quarterbacks and two wide receivers capable of being No. 1 options?
Seattle began the 2020 season torching teams deep but the offense faltered in the second half of the season. Russell Wilson eclipsed 260 passing yards just once over the team’s final nine games (playoffs included).
Now it's possible with hiring former Rams passing coordinator Shane Waldron to offensive coordinator, the franchise wants to improve the intermediate passing game rather than return to running into eight-man boxes time and time again.
“We are really excited to bring Shane Waldron to the Seahawks,” head coach Pete Carroll said in a statement. “His creative and competitive approach to the game will bring out the best in our players and coaches. Shane also brings great knowledge and insight about our division. His vision for the future, along with the caliber of players on our offense, made him a must get for us.”
Also worth noting, Waldron brings Rams assistant offensive line coach Andy Dickerson with him to serve as Seattle's run game coordinator. If Seattle can implement a running game similar to Sean McVay's system where the run is used to take advantage of what the defense gives them, it could work wonders in the Emerald City.
With the new hires, perhaps the frustration inside the locker room will be addressed and solved. Only time will tell.