The 2019 Seahawks offense is among the NFL's best on early downs

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The 2019 Seahawks offense is among the NFL's best on early downs
The 2019 Seahawks offense is among the NFL's best on early downs

One of my biggest criticisms of Brian Schottenheimer last year was the idea that his play-calling style was geared way too heavily towards “third and manageable” over getting first downs as early as possible. Last year the Seattle Seahawks offense ranked 20th in getting first downs on early downs (1st and 2nd down), which tied in with their ridiculously high percentage of three-and-out possessions, and Russell Wilson getting sacked for fun on obvious third down passing situations. Per Pro-Football-Reference, the 2019 Seahawks are 6th in what I'm going to consider “early down success rate,” with 29.8% of their 1st and 2nd down plays resulting in a new set of downs. If the season randomly ended today, that'd be the highest ranking of the Russell Wilson era (although several of Darrell Bevell's offenses finished top-ten in this stat).

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