Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer to split George Fant, keep the race and more – The Seattle Times


Schottenheimer says he also knows a Minnesota defense that ranks among the best in the NFL in many statistical categories will be a challenge.

The 43-16 victory of Seattle against the 49ers Sunday also saw one of the most entertaining matchups in recent history – George Fant split corner corner Richard Sherman on two comedies.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer spoke about these comedies and other topics when he met the media on Friday. Here are the highlights:


The Seahawks used Fant – a former initial left tackle – as a suitable receiver for most of the season.

Usually, however, Fant aligns himself on the line, essentially as another purpose. A couple of times, it was in the slot.

But on Sunday the Seahawks took him to another level, sending Fant out twice. But not only wide, but wide right where they knew that Richard Sherman would be deployed at the left corner.

Ok, so Fant vs Sherman is not exactly what it was. Fant was actually lined up in front of Tyler Lockett in a lineup where the Seahawks could launch him on Lockett with Fant as the main blocker.

But technically, Fant was an eligible receiver on the game.

Fant said Friday that when Sherman saw him run out, he started laughing.

"And then the ball broke and I just grabbed it and he was caught laughing," said Fant. "I think he was also the first for him."

The first of the comedies on which Fant went out was in a race by Chris Carson for a first down on Third-and-One.

"It was not a big part of the plan, but I thought George did a good job finishing the block," Schottenheimer said Friday. "I'm sure Richard and he had a chance to talk about it a little while standing out there on the perimeter, so it was probably pretty fun."

Fant said that as far as he knows, it's not really an option to throw the ball in that game.

"But perhaps it is hoped that some time before the season they put something on me," he said. "… it was quite nice to be there and have this experience."


Starting the right protection D.J. Fluker is not expected to play after suffering a hamstring injury against the 49ers with second-year player Jordan Simmons who is expected to take his place.

Simmons also started for Fluker in a game last month in Los Angeles against the Rams when Seattle crashed for a 273-meter season. He played 10 shots on Sunday against the 49ers after Fluker came out, and Schottenheimer said that the experience he had Simmons has the team safe to be able to still work against a tough defensive front of Minnesota.

Asked if the Seahawks were supposed to change anything about their crime with Simmons in Fluker, Schottenheimer said no.

"I do not think so," he said. "I think of course, DJ is a great player, Jordan played very well against the Rams, he's a very good young player, so I do not think so … The guys we're playing against are a nice challenge against whoever is out there. I think it's great that Jordan has that game under his belt that blocks guys like Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, but no, to answer the question, we simply – we're going to do what we do and we think he will play well. "


The Vikings come into play at the eighth place in the NFL in bags with 36, led by the end of Danielle Hunter.

But Schottenheimer noted that the Viking pace is often also a team effort – six other players have at least three each (Seattle has only two players who have more than two) including safety Harrison Smith.

"Yes. I do not think there are many things that are not good," said Scottenheimer. "They're spinning a lot of guys through, they're very cool, Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith are probably two of the best pressure players in the championship, again, a huge defense comes here, so our kids are thrilled. It will be a great time, a great environment (with) Monday Night Football to go there and play against them and see how it works ".


Monday's game is statistically the best offensive of the NFL – Seattle, at 148.8 yards per game – against one of the best defenses running in Minnesota, seventh at 99.2 yards allowed per game but fifth in the yard allowed for rush to 3.7.

But while the Seahawks have shown against Carolina that they can go first when they need, Schottenheimer said the plan will always remain to establish the race, regardless of the opponent – the Seahawks are the only NFL team this week with a greater percentage of runs of passes for the season, with Seattle passing only 48.86 percent of the time.

At the request to stick to this identity, Schottenheimer said: "I think it is fundamental" and then elaborated.

"I think when you know who you are, it's easier to plan the game," he said. "It's easier to call the game, your players know what to expect, the challenge is that the type of defense knows who you are, so he's very proud and has a good idea of ​​what's coming, but that's when you do , you can produce great dramas and positive gains and put points and still run the ball successfully.I think that the identity we have, that we have built in the past whatever, ten weeks or so, there is no c & # 39; It's doubtful that we know who we are Monday evening will be the same thing that was last week and what happened to the end of the season Once again, you have to be ready to fix if things are not working and that's what we have made against Carolina.

". … I think every team has a philosophy about what they want to be. We are proud to be a physical team that wants to take care of football. We will play a great defense, we want to run football, and then when we run the ball the way we do it, they open up the explosive comedies in the game passes, but it's a bit like we are. We are very proud of the way we play and the way we finish. "


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