A frustrating loss at St. Louis in Week 4 sent Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in search of ways to make his offense more productive.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense had scored more than 20 points just once in four games and were converting just 28 percent of third down opportunities for the season. Against the Rams, Seattle was just 2 of 9 in third down conversions and 0 for 5 when attempting to pass in those situations. Wilson and the passing offense had not been able to throw for more than 160 yards in a game and his three interceptions were costly in the 19-13 loss to the Rams.
Following the game, Carroll decided to look at tape of the Washington Redskins and how they were using rookie Robert Griffin III.
What Carroll saw was an offense suited perfectly to the abilities of Griffin. The Redskins and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had installed a large grouping of plays from the zone-read offense Griffin had been familiar with at Baylor University. It...