Carlson's scant production for Seahawks a surprise

Posted Dec. 08, 2010 @ 9:32 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

There were few if any daily team observers who did not think TE John Carlson would be the team's primary passing weapon in 2010. But with Seattle's season entering the home stretch, the likes of Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu and, most recently, fellow TE Cameron Morrah appear to have made Carlson a relative afterthought in the Seahawks' passing game. Playing with a nagging hip injury, being saddled with a different offensive coordinator and position coach in each of his three seasons in Seattle and having to be used more as a blocker because of an injury-plagued offensive line are all big factors behind his lack of production. "But the way (QB Matt) Hasselbeck explained it, Carlson is strictly a textbook guy who does things exactly the way they're scripted," one team observer told PFW. "But sometimes you need to make adjustments that the other receivers have shown they can make."