Originally Posted by jterrell
The Skins won't run the pistol anymore and the Seahawks won't win anything with that offense going forward. Pistol QBs absolutely take more hits than standard formation QBs do. ATL has a huge hole at pass rusher.
Atlanta won the game by shutting out the Seahawks in the first half.
The Seahawks abandoned any real Pistol or read option stuff because they were down huge and ran a basic 2 minute offense. Seattle carved up a bend but dont break defense in the second half but didn't score enough to complete the comeback. There was very little different above what Dallas did to Wash in the 2nd half of game 1 and what Sea did to ATL. Romo threw for more yards because thats what he does and Wilson rushed for more because that's what he does, but the scheme was basically the same. 1 back, 2 minute package type stuff.
From Advanced NFL Stats
Washington and Atlanta are tied at #6 giving up 80. SF had one less than Dallas (72,71) Seattle had 70, Carolina had 58. Other notables: Indianpolis had 114, GB had 92, New England has 77. We aren't talking about game changing increased numbers of hits. Every NFL qb takes hits.
Brady went out for a year due to a hit, Manning as well, Theismann ended his career due to a hit.
Like I said before, with the protections afforded a qb, he can manage the hits, he just has to be smart, and live to play another day.