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Turnovers and run defense

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 25, 2006 at 9:29 am with 9 Comments »
November 25, 2006 9:29 am

11 25 2006 Turnovers and Rush Defense3.jpgHere’s a telling stat I ran across in preparing my advance story for the Green Bay game Monday night: The Seahawks have thrown two or more interceptions in four of their last seven games. Opponents averaged 193 yards rushing in those games. Seattle did not throw an interception in the other three games. Opponents rushed for 77 yards on average in those games. In most cases, the interceptions helped the opposing team jump to an early lead, putting the opponent in position to stick with its running game (while putting Seattle’s undersized defense on the field more).


This speaks to the point we raised earlier in the week: Seattle’s defense depends heavily on its offense. A dominant, smash-mouth defense can carry a careless offense sometimes. Seattle does not have that type of defense. Seattle has a small, fast defense that could really use three things: better tackling, more disciplined play and a certain 330-pound tackle eating up blockers in the middle.


The chart breaks down the last seven games. Turnovers were less of a factor in the first three games, which are listed in lighter typeface. Seattle was already leading the Giants, 35-3, when Matt Hasselbeck tossed a couple of late interceptions; the Giants were not in position to run the ball. There were also two interceptions against the Cardinals, but Seattle was already leading 14-0 before the first interception.

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  1. bobbyk03 says:

    very interesting, makes sense though

  2. kjknight3 says:

    This definitely shows a correlation of offensive effectiveness and productivity to defensive success. The Seahawks need more of both. Beginning Monday

  3. bnemhaus says:

    I just finished some stat work and found a few things I can’t believe:

    – After having a single player rush for 27 TDs last season, we have TWO rushing TDs all year. . .total

    – We have only two 100 yard rushing games this year

    – We avg 139 yards rushing in wins (4.34 rush avg), 62 yards in losses (3.13 rush avg)

    – Our opponents avg 39 rushing attempts in our losses (for a 192 yard avg) compared with 18 in our wins (67 yard avg).

    – Our opponents are averaging a vomit-inducing 5.23 yard per rush in our losses

    For those that are curious, our pass numbers for and against are relatively similar in wins and losses.

    It’s all about the run game!

  4. truehawk says:

    I hope Matt can be effective early. Sustaining drives. If not, it could be more of the same for our overpursuing defense.
    Holmy needs to get Shaun involved early and often on Monday. If he gets away from him, we could be in big trouble.

  5. I like how Mike digs deeper into the surface to help us understand that what seems to be the obvious isn’t always correct.

    It’s too easy to blame the defense when a team rushes for 200 yards in a loss. The Seahawks are not constructed to win more than 6-8 games with a QB on pace to turn the ball over 36 times and who disappers for entire halves.

    And why Holmgren always chastizes the defense when this occurs puzzles me. The big money and the draft picks all go to the offensive side of the ball so when his offense plays poorly or mediocre, the result shouldn’t be surprising. I was more surprised the Seahawks had a chance to win/tie on the final drive in 2 of these games.

  6. Seattle has three rushing touchdowns this season. Two by Alexander, one by Strong. … There are some high picks and cash invested in defense, too. Trufant, 11th overall pick. Jennings, first-round pick. Hamlin, Boulware and Tatupu, second-round picks. Wistrom, $14M signing bonus. Tubbs, first-round pick (out now). Hill, third-round pick. Peterson, $11.5M signing bonus. Tapp, second-round pick.

  7. Seems to me every thing falls rite on the lines.Both of them.
    You can’t run without blocking,you can’t pass without blocking.You can’t stop the run without filling holes.

  8. It falls on the QB not throwing to the other team, too. That has been huge, and it isn’t always about line play, which is obviously key, too.

  9. dcrockett17 says:

    The other factor is the poor play in the short-and-intermediate passing game–partly about inconsistent line play, partly about Engram’s absence, partly about Stevens’ bad season, partly about an inconsistent running game, partly about the return of the dropsies.

    The Seahawks struggle to keep drives alive AND turn it over a lot. Seattle is currently ranked 20th in Drive Success Rate at 65% (i.e., % of series that result in first down or TD).

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