Raheem Morris has apparently raised his hand and taken the blame for the Falcons defensive struggles in Week. 1. Atlanta's defensive coordinator told reporters as much on Wednesday.
That's strong leadership from Morris as his group was torched for 38 points in what was an impressive win for the Seahawks. However, his explanation was a bit bizarre. Morris explained that Atlanta's defensive game plan centered around Chris Carson, not Russell Wilson.
"Not taking the passing game as serious as he should have" is a really bold strategy when facing a Wilson-led team. Even before Seattle "Let Russ Cook," Wilson has still been an upper echelon passer in the NFL for nearly a decade. Heck, Atlanta's head coach used to see Wilson every day in practice.
Wilson dominated, completing 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He added a team-high 29 rushing yards for good measure.
Morris' comments are even more poetic when you factor in that the Falcons did limit Carson to just 21 yards on six carries, but Seattle's top runner still burned them in the passing game with six receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns.
To say that the Seahawks featured a more pass-heavy approach than in previous matchups would have been fair. It was evident that Seattle put the ball in Wilson's hand from the opening kickoff, calling 11-of-14 passes to open the game and ranking second in pass rate in neutral situations. The Seahawks also uncharacteristically went for it on 4th-and-5 in the third quarter and were rewarded with a 38-yard touchdown to DK Metcalf.
But Morris' choice of words isn't going to help Falcons fans feel any better about the home loss their team took to open the season.