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Personnel Review – NFC Playoff vs. Chicago

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm with 6 Comments »
January 17, 2011 9:13 pm

Editor’s note: Brian McIntyre regularly covers the Seattle Seahawks and the rest of the NFL on his own football blog, and has graciously agreed to provide his weekly personnel files on the Seahawks here each week. We welcome him to Seahawks Insider.

Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac’s Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you’d like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.

Also, check out McIntyre’s personnel breakdown of the first Seahawks-Bears contest right here.

Offensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, the Seahawks ran 60 offensive plays out of five personnel groupings against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Group Name Pass Run Total Pass% Run%
0 RB, 5 WR, 0 TE “00” 6 1 7 85.7% 14.3%
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE “11” 24 1 25 96.0% 4.0%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE “21” 3 5 8 37.5% 62.5%
2 RB, 3 WR “20” 8 3 11 72.7% 27.3%
1 RB, 4 WR “10” 7 2 9 77.8% 22.2%
Total 48 12 60 80.0% 20.0%

During the regular season, the Seahawks used 2-TE personnel groupings on 42.3% of their offensive plays. Even after placing Chris Baker on injured reserve before the Wild Card Playoffs game against the Saints, Seattle still used two tight ends nearly 40% of the time. John Carlson’s concussion took away a large chunk of what the Seahawks want to do offensively.

Matt Hasselbeck Passing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

Hasselbeck Com Att % Yards LG TD INT Sacks Sack Yd Rating
“00” 4 6 66.7% 24 12 1 0 0 0 113.9
“10” 5 7 71.4% 31 13 0 0 0 0 80.1
“11” 13 23 56.5% 181 46 2 0 1 -8 110.9
“21” 1 3 33.3% 3 3 0 0 0 0 42.4
“20” 3 7 42.9% 19 10 0 0 1 -8 50.3
Total 26 46 56.5% 258 46 3 0 2 -16 94.3

Hasselbeck was 11-of-15 for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns out of “11” personnel in the fourth quarter, including 8-of-8 for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns on the final two possessions.

Seahawks Rushing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

Rushing Att Yds Avg LG TD
“00” 1 13 13.0 13 0
“11” 1 8 8.0 8 0
“10” 2 -1 -0.5 0 0
“21” 5 -1 -0.2 1 0
“20” 3 13 4.3 9 0
Totals 12 32 2.7 13 0

Seattle’s longest run came on a play where they had zero running backs or tight ends on the field. Because it was a backwards pass, Tate’s 13-yard play in the first quarterback is considered a running play.

The Seahawks had success running out of I- or Offset-I formations the previous two weeks. Against Chicago, those formations gained 3 yards on six carries, with Michael Robinson
Snap Counts (Offense)

Player Plays Total %
6-C.Whitehurst 0 60 0.0%
7-J.Losman 0 60 0.0%
8-M.Hasselbeck 60 60 100.0%
15-B.Stokley 47 60 78.3%
17-M.Williams 57 60 95.0%
20-J.Forsett 36 60 60.0%
24-M.Lynch 11 60 18.3%
26-M.Robinson 10 60 16.7%
33-L.Washington 15 60 25.0%
63-C.White 0 60 0.0%
64-M.Gibson 60 60 100.0%
65-C.Spencer 60 60 100.0%
73-W.Robinson 1 60 1.7%
75-S.Locklear 60 60 100.0%
76-R.Okung 60 60 100.0%
77-S.Andrews 0 60 0.0%
78-T.Polumbus 60 60 100.0%
81-G.Tate 12 60 20.0%
82-R.Martin 21 60 35.0%
87-B.Obomanu 58 60 96.7%
88-C.Morrah 29 60 48.3%
89-J.Carlson 3 60 5.0%

– Seattle running 52 snaps out with 3+ receivers led to increases in Forsett and Washington’s playing time. Washington played the final eight plays in “11” personnel after Forsett left the game with a leg injury.

– Only two of Lynch’s 11 snaps came in the second half.

– Running out of I

– Stokley was in for all but five of the 52 snaps Seattle ran with three or more receivers on Sunday.

– Williams missed one snap each in “21”, “11”, and “10” personnel.

– All but one of Tate’s 12 snaps were in 3+ receiver personnel groupings.

– Martin played exclusively in 3+ receiver personnel groupings, lining up in the slot on 20 of 21 plays.

– Obomanu missed two snaps midway through the fourth quarter.

– Back-up tackle Will Robinson played tight end on one play when the Seahawks were pinned at their own 1-yard line.

– 24 of Morrah’s 29 snaps were in the second half.
Defensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, the Seahawks defense was on the field for 77 plays on Sunday.

Package Pass Run Total Pass% Run%
Base 17 33 50 34.0% 66.0%
Nickel 6 5 11 54.5% 45.5%
Dime 2 2 4 50.0% 50.0%
3*2*6 1 1 2 50.0% 50.0%
Bandit 6 0 6 100.0% 0.0%
5*3*3 0 4 4 0.0% 100.0%
Total 32 45 77 41.6% 58.4%

Excluding the three kneel-downs and a quarterback scramble, the Bears gained 107 yards on 29 rushing attempts against the Seahawks’ base defense. In the first half, however, the Bears ran the ball 9 times for 49 yards against the base defense. Seven designed runs against Seattle’s 5+ defensive backs packages gained 40 yards and resulted in two touchdowns, both by Jay Cutler, who added a 21-yard scramble when Seattle had a 6-defensive back package on the field.

Against Seattle’s nickel, dime, and “Bandit” defenses, Cutler was 7-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown, with Seattle registering all three of their quarterback sacks out of these extra DB looks, including one by Lofa Tatupu with what appeared to be 10 players on the field. Cutler was 8-of-16 for 146 yards and a touchdown against Seattle’s base defense, which intercepted Matt Forte in a disastrous “Wildcat” play in the fourth quarter.
Defensive Player Snap Count

Player Plays Total %
21-K.Jennings 70 77 90.9%
23-M.Trufant 44 77 57.1%
27-J.Babineaux 40 77 51.9%
28-W.Thurmond 30 77 39.0%
29-E.Thomas 77 77 100.0%
31-K.Chancellor 8 77 10.4%
36-L.Milloy 74 77 96.1%
39-K.Cox 0 77 0.0%
51-L.Tatupu 67 77 87.0%
52-M.McCoy 1 77 1.3%
54-W.Herring 22 77 28.6%
57-D.Hawthorne 54 77 70.1%
58-D.Davis 1 77 1.3%
59-A.Curry 55 77 71.4%
90-C.Cole 53 77 68.8%
91-C.Clemons 68 77 88.3%
92-B.Mebane 65 77 84.4%
93-C.Terrill 31 77 40.3%
94-J.Siavii 0 77 0.0%
95-K.Balmer 32 77 41.6%
98-R.Brock 48 77 62.3%
99-J.Richardson 5 77 6.5%

– Jennings was on the field for all non-short yardage situations.

– Prior to his injury, Trufant had logged 44 of 48 snaps, coming off the field only in goal-line situations.

– Babineaux worked the slot in nickel, dime, and “Bandit” packages, played corner in a “heavy” base look, was the third defensive back in short yardage situation, and played strong safety in base defense for a snap in the first quarter.

– Thurmond was a slot corner in nickel, dime, and “Bandit’ before replacing Trufant in base defense, nickel and dime packages in the second half.

– Thomas was the only Seahawks player to play every snap on Sunday.

– Chancellor played strong safety in “Bandit” and the certain dime packages.

– Milloy missed two snaps (one in base, one in nickel) in the first quarter, and did not appear to be on the field during one play in “Bandit” defense during that same series.

– Tatupu sat out the final 10 plays of the game.

– McCoy was the middle linebacker for a 4th-and-3 play late in the fourth quarter, breaking up a Cutler pass attempt to Earl Bennett. McCoy gave Bennett the business a bit, drawing a personal foul penalty on Bears center Olin Kreutz.

– Herring’s snaps were primarily in nickel the 2-LB/6-DB personnel group before stepping in at weak-side linebacker in base defense when Tatupu exited the game. Herring came up limping on one play, and was replaced on the field by McCoy.

– Hawthorne and Curry’s snaps were in base and short-yardage defenses, with Curry playing defensive tackle in dime defense on one snap. (Cutler’s six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter)

– Davis’ one snap was in base defense (“Leo”, opposite Balmer) on the 3rd quarter play that Marcus Trufant was injured on.

– Cole was on the field for 48 of the 50 base defense snaps, and was the nose tackle in the five-man short yardage front.

– Clemons logged 41 snaps in base defense, including 28 as the “Leo” end and 13 snaps where he was paired with Brock. Clemons and Brock were the defensive ends in the four short-yardage plays, and all 23 snaps in  extra defensive back packages.

– Mebane had 40 snaps in base, 10 snaps in nickel, 11 snaps in  six-defensive back packages, and four in short-yardage situations.

– Terrill had 12 snaps in base, 11 snaps in nickel, and 4 snaps each in six-defensive back and short-yardage personnel.

– Balmer’s snaps were as the “5” technique in base defense.

– In addition to being paired with Clemons for all short-yardage and extra DB packages, Brock was the “Leo” end on 8 snaps in base defense.

– Richardson was the “5” technique for five snaps on Sunday.

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  1. IdahoHawk says:

    All useless information. Go home clean out you’re lockers and get the hell out. I’m sorry but i’m getting. to where I hate the bears. This sucks f the bears. Go pack. Ruined my fairy tale.

  2. variable575 says:

    Hey fellas

    Like everyone else said, thanks for the work Eric. What an interesting season. I’m still not sold on P.C but he deserves another year, and as much as I hate to say it, so did Jimbo Mora. I think P.C.’s defense showed some huge holes in scheme and I know everyone calls to question the talent–as do I–but that’s what NFL coaches are suppose to do, coach the talent you have in ways that make them at the very least, somewhat competitive. Too many games where both coaches and players seemed lost. Maybe that’s a new system for ya. but I think Carroll has a lot to prove next year and if the defense doesn’t improve in huge strides next year(and based on our record)——here it comes, you ready?—–you have to wonder if P.A. will go after the next “Mike Holmgren-esk” coaching aquisition. A coach that has an indisputable NFL track record of proven success. Maybe not an offensive guru this time, maybe defensive…………I’m thinking of someone from pittsburg…………….anyhow, you get the point. Carroll was an entertaining pick, and the season was very entertaining–and I wouldn’t trade our playoff run for higher draft picks–but this season, albeit entertaining, was more often disappointing on a grand scale and that would tell us this year was more of a bust then it was a boom–or even close to it.IMO:)

    On Locker, unless Sark really sells Locker(and assuming Pete and him are chummy enough for that kind of dissemination), I think it’s a fat chance in Hell that we trade up for him. I could easily see him going top 10 but no more then 13 or 14. With us missing a 3rd rnd pick…………………no way! we’re stuck with whatever falls into our lap at 20whatever.

  3. It looks like the 2007 season when we ran with a lot of extra WRs and limited TEs. That’s not a good sign since that isn’t what Bates wants.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    That’s what injuries will do to an OCs game plan.

    This – “Clemons logged 41 snaps in base defense, including 28 as the “Leo” end and 13 snaps where he was paired with Brock.”

    – is a bit misleading. Because he’s paired with Brock doesn’t necessarily mean he’s no longer “Leo”. Brock plays the LDE or otherwise strong side which keeps Clem in the Leo position. Or, Clem gets covered up either by audible or motion and Brock assumes the Leo or weakside responsibilities (which he played the first two months spelling Clem on the right side.) But simply because they’re paired together doesn’t immediately take Clem out of Leo. Would have to re-watch the game to determine how often and which scenario it would be.

  5. yakimahawk says:

    I am sick and tired of hearing people say the “D” was on the field to much this year. So what! Remember the Ravens Super Bowl run with Dilfer? I believe they were tops in 3 and outs if not close to it..Their offense was way below average. A “shut down” defense is a shut down defense. All of the teams this year in the finals have very, very defenses and that IMO is what we need to concentrate on. We need to get rid of the players who are not performing: Jennins, Tatupu, Curry, Balmer, Trufant and get players who will perform. Then if the “D” still stinks in a year it is on the coaching staff. I love everyone yelling for a wide out or new o-line (which we need) or QB, or a running back..We WILL NEVER win the big one until we have a stellar defense. Our defense needs to put fear into the opposition and the only people who fear our defense now is the Seahawk fans. My goodness we gave up over 400 yards to a botton tier offense in playoff game that IMO we could have one if the players played just an abover average game on D.. Ok I am done ranting

  6. Bears frozen sideline and cow-pasture-field took Hawks outta their offense.

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