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Also, check out McIntyre’s personnel breakdown of the first Seahawks-Bears contest right here.
Offensive Personnel Groupings
Excluding penalties, the Seahawks ran 61 offensive plays out of six personnel groupings against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday afternoon.
|0 RB, 5 WR, 0 TE||“00″||4||0||4||100.0%||0.0%|
|1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE||“11″||8||3||11||72.7%||27.3%|
|2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE||“21″||4||9||13||30.8%||69.2%|
|2 RB, 3 WR||“20″||7||2||9||77.8%||22.2%|
|1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE||“12″||11||3||14||78.6%||21.4%|
|2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE||“22″||2||8||10||20.0%||80.0%|
Seattle opened the game with the 5-WR personnel grouping, a look they hadn’t shown in 2010, but used once per quarter against New Orleans.
Matt Hasselbeck Passing on Saturday (By Personnel Grouping)
Seahawks Rushing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)
All nine runs out of “21” personnel had Marshawn Lynch and Michael Robinson in the backfield in either an I- or Offset-I formation, including the now legendary 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Five of those nine runs gained six or more yards. It’s worth noting that the first time the Seahawks played the Saints, Michael Robinson was out with a hamstring injury, and John Carlson was used in a fullback-type role.
Snap Counts (Offense)
- Forsett was the single-back on 10 of the 11 plays run out of “11” personnel, and eight of the nine plays out of “20” personnel.
- Lynch and Robinson were the two backs in “21” personnel.
- Seven of Washington’s nine snaps were in “20” personnel.
- 20 of Stokley’s 24 snaps were in 3+-WR packages.
- Williams played in all but two snaps, both using “22” personnel, on Saturday.
- Tate was in on all four of the 5-WR sets and picked up an additional snap in “21” personnel.
- Eight of Martin’s 10 snaps were in 3+-WR groupings. Martin and Stokley were in the slot on 32 of their 34 combined snaps.
- Obomanu played 40 of his 46 snaps with a dislocated right shoulder.
- Even with Chris Baker on IR, Seattle still used two tight ends on 39.3% of the offensive snaps on Saturday. One change was Morrah and Carlson were kept in-line, with Morrah flexed off the line of scrimmage or split wide on six of his 24 snaps.
Defensive Personnel Groupings
Excluding penalties, the Seahawks defense was on the field for a staggering 83 plays on Saturday.
Against Seattle’s “Bandit” package, Drew Brees completed 12-of-19 pass attempts for 193 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks’ one quarterback sack on Sunday came out of 3-man rush out of “Bandit” personnel. Brees was 13-of-21 for 97 yards against Seattle’s nickel packages, 13-of-19 for 113 yards against the Seahawks’ base defense, and 1-for-1 with a 1-yard touchdown on a bootleg against Seattle’s short-yardage defense.
The Saints exploited the Seahawks nickel package on the ground, gaining 26 yards on 5 carries, each gaining between 4 and 6 yards. Julius Jones’ first touchdown came when the Seahawks were in nickel on a 3rd-and-4 play from the Seahawks 5-yard line. Against Seattle’s base defense, the Saints had 17 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. 11 of those carries gained 3 yards of less.
Defensive Player Snap Count
- Jennings only came off the field for the one short-yardage play in the 1st quarter.
- Trufant was not on the field for the short-yardage play, and missed three more snaps in the third quarter.
- Babineaux was in for all nickel and “Bandit” plays, as well as the short-yardage play and a snap in a heavy base defense look on the 4th-and-1 stop in the 3rd quarter.
- Thurmond worked the slot in “Bandit” and replaced Trufant for a few snaps in nickel defense in the third quarter.
- Chancellor’s snaps were as a safety in “Bandit”.
- Thomas and Milloy logged 100% of the snaps on Saturday.
- Tatupu missed the last 12 snaps with a concussion.
- Herring’s snaps included all 26 nickel plays and two in base defense.
- Hawthorne played 37 snaps in base and short-yardage, 1 snap in nickel, and 9 snaps as the middle linebacker in “Bandit” in the fourth quarter.
- Davis spelled Brock and Clemons in nickel and “Bandit” packages.
- Curry logged 37 snaps at linebacker, and 25 as an inside rusher in nickel and “Bandit”.
- Cole played the nose in 32 of the 36 base defense snaps.
- Mebane (24) and Terrill (12) played the “3” technique in base defense, and split snaps inside in nickel (Mebane 18, Terrill 8) packages.
- Balmer was the “5” technique on 19 snaps, with Richardson’s four snaps all coming as the “5” technique in base defense.
- Clemons (16) and Brock (7) split the “Leo” duties, and were paired together on 13 of 36 base defense snaps, the first of which was Brock’s forced fumble on Jones at the Saints’ 19-yard line.
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