The mystery of why the Seahawks offense went from juggernaut to ordinary continues to dominate the early offseason conversation. That will continue until, and even after Seattle hires a new offensive coordinator.
DK Metcalf recently shared his brief take on what happened over the course of the second half of the season and into the playoffs. He did so on the "I am athlete" podcast with Brandon Marshall and Chad Ochocinco.
"Teams just started to figure us out," Metcalf said in a brief clip shared on Twitter by the Athletic's Mike Dugar. "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."
The fact that Metcalf mentioned Pete Carroll's philosophy will come across, at least to some, as shade toward Seattle's head coach. And that may be the case, but it's useless to assume as much given the brevity of the clip.
Metcalf may have been giving the shortest possible answer in order to move on from a difficult question. There would be no way for him to candidly respond to Marshall's inquiry without throwing someone under the bus, and Metcalf surely knows Carroll's philosophies, outdated as they may be, aren't solely to blame for the offense's collapse.
Russell Wilson and Brian Schottenheimer share blame for their collective inability to establish and execute a short and intermediate passing game. The offensive line also collapsed from a pass protection standpoint.
The reality is that it will be on the team's new offensive coordinator to diagnose why things went south so spectacularly and, even more importantly, how to remedy the issues in 2021. The solution will undoubtedly be more nuanced than Carroll's stated desires to run the ball more and run it more effectively.
Ingenuity and creativity will be two buzz words that everyone will be using to evaluate the new hire.