That was a really great article. "All of the Patriots calls in no huddle are one word"
That's a brilliant plan as the purpose of the no huddle is to catch the defense off guard. One of the biggest enemies of the no huddle is communication issues, too many commands create an opportunity for confusion, missed blocks, bad hand offs, incomplete routes. But having one word that means different things to different players eliminates any chance for confusion, as long as the players understand the plays.
That one word, say "Omaha" would mean one thing to the offensive line, something different to the wide receivers, another thing entirely to the tight ends and yet something else to the running back and full back.
The only downside is that a team has to be experienced and have lots of playing time together in order for something like this to work efficiently. And that is one of New England's biggest assets, it's experience on the offensive side of the ball at QB, line, receivers and back. And for the new guy, like the running back, it only has to be something really simple.
The Seahawks are a rebuilding team so we don't have that luxury, but if anyone can come alive his rookie year and play like a pro, it's Russell Wilson. I have faith in his ability to progress at a much faster pace than 99% of the quarterbacks out there. His success at NC State and Wisconsin have convinced me of that. And his success as a rookie on an offense that, outside of the running game, is trying to find it's identity has been commendable.
There is a time in every learning process when things start to click, and I think we saw that last week in Carolina and will see an even bigger jump this week against New England. It's going to be tough though because he's going up against a Bill Belicheck defense, but Russell can do it.
The Patriot defense if very good, they forced 3 fumbles last week but 1 of those was Peyton Manning's who was sacked twice. There were no interceptions, something I think Russell can duplicate. But Russell has more escapability so sacks for New England will be harder to come by. Denver only came away with 70 yards rushing but they threw the ball a lot. I expect Seattle to break 120 yards as their offensive line gels and the running backs adjust to that line.
I expect a very close game with Seattle winning if they can control the time of possession and get hits and pressures on Tom Brady.
Edit to add from the article: "“You learn to make words that are easy to say, one syllable and distinct,” Belichick said. “At the Colts, all our strong-side patterns were score, strike, sting, smash. And the weak-side patterns were whirl, whisk, wheel. And it was one word, usually one syllable, told everybody what to do [he says as he snaps his finger].”"
"God Bless the Seattle Seahawks" Cortez Kennedy