Film Breakdown: Seahawks Run Defense Disappears Versus Chargers

After shutting down the Lions in Week 8, what the heck happened to the Seahawks run defense on Sunday?

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll prioritizes running the football offensively, but he’s also a stickler on stopping the run on defense, as he wants to make opponents one dimensional and win the time of possession battle.

Unfortunately for Carroll, his Seahawks have been wildly inconsistent in this category during the 2018 season and the past two weeks have been a microcosm of their season thus far.

After limiting Kerryon Johnson and the Lions to only 34 rushing yards in Week 8, Carroll’s defense turned around and allowed Melvin Gordon and the Chargers to gash them for 160 yards and 7.3 yards per carry on Sunday. Gordon on his own ran for 113 yards on only 16 carries, while receiver Keenan Allen and backup running back Austin Ekeler also had explosive runs on fly sweeps.

Carroll wasn't happy about his team's lack of discipline and inability to execute run fits, but he also felt his squad did an excellent job adjusting during the final two quarters of play.

"I always tell you about the running game, it’s always about discipline and it’s always about being really strictly fitted together and we misfit some stuff and anticipation of some other things." Carroll said during his Monday press conference. "Just needed to clean it up. Our players know exactly what they did [wrong]. We saw the same plays later in the game and they made no yards. We just made some errors.”

What issues plagued the Seahawks against the Chargers' stellar rushing attack in Sunday's 25-17 defeat? Since the tape doesn’t lie, I revisited five problematic plays for Seattle's defense on All-22 film to find out.

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