Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll turns down the heat on Let Russ Cook, pledges to run more often  09/16/2020 18:03:00   Geoffrey C. Arnold | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Seattle Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll pumped the brakes on the Let Russ Cook bandwagon that shifted into overdrive following the Seahawks' win in Week 1.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson came out firing in the game, completing his first 12 passes on his way to completing 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns in the Seahawks' 38-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

What really got the "Let Russ Cook' gang excited was Wilsons pass attempts compared to the combined total rushing attempts (20) by the team in the game. The fans might have started to think the Seahawks were adopting a more pass-friendly style of offense. Carroll said the offense will do no such thing.

Seven and six carries wasnt enough for our guys and we need to get more. We were at 20 (runs). We want to get more than that in general, Carroll told reporters Tuesday. "But when Russ was completing every pass we werent discouraged about moving the football. But we love running the ball, we always have, and those guys will get more carries as we move down through the schedule.''

Starting back Chris Carson carried the football six times for 21 yards and Carlos Hyde ran seven times for 23 yards. Third-string back Travis Homer had three carries. Carroll said while hes happy to keep his running backs fresh, he wants to establish the ground game.

Establishing the rushing attack could be an important factor when the Seahawks take on the New England Patriots Sunday in their Week 2 game. The Patriots limited the Miami Dolphins to just 182 passing yards and intercepted three passes by Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during their 21-11 win in Week 1.

-- Geoffrey C. Arnold | @geoffreyCarnold

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