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Pro Football Focus on Hawks-Panthers

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm with 13 Comments »
September 9, 2013 2:19 pm

Each week, Pro Football Focus, a stats-based football analysis web site, reviews NFL games using their game charting system.

It’s worth a look. And I’ll try to pass along any pertinent stats each week.

You can take a deeper look at the Seahawks-Carolina game reviewed by Neil Hornsby here.

Offensive Summary

* Seattle rotated receivers frequently, with four different receivers playing 29 or more snaps.

* Although he played just 12 snaps, Derrick Coleman was a bright spot due to his run blocking.

* As for the offensive line, three different members graded very poorly overall (James Carpenter, J.R. Sweezy, and Max Unger).


* Russell Wilson showed that good quarterback play can make up for many poor performances by others, throwing 27 of his 32 aimed passes on target. That’s an Accuracy Percentage of 84.4%.

* Beast Mode found little room to run most of the day, gaining an less than 0.8 yards/attempt before contact.


* Doug Baldwin secured 7-of-8 targets for 91 yards. He gained 25 yards after the catch.

* After a nearly flawless preseason, Stephen Williams dropped his only target of the day.

* Russell Wilson had a perfect QB rating (albeit in 2 attempts) when throwing to Jermaine Kearse.

Defensive Summary

* O’Brien Schoefield had an uneven day, missing a tackle and performing poorly against the run, but rushing the passer effectively and recording a sack, hurry, and hit.

* Michael Bennett didn’t quite get a sack, but he did hit Cam Newton on three separate occasions.

* Red Bryant put in a solid all-around performance, grading the highest overall of any member of the Seahawks defense.


* Although Byron Maxwell allowed two catches out of three targets, they went for only eight yards. He also broke up a pass and achieved the highest coverage grade on the team in just 17 coverage snaps.

* Similarly, Richard Sherman had 3-of-4 passes completed into his coverage, also breaking up a pass and allowing just 19 yards.
Signature Stats

* Tony McDaniel notched three stops in 15 snaps against the run for an impressive Run Stop Percentage of 20%.
* When using Play Action, Russell Wilson’s QB rating was 142.6 as he went 11-for-14 with 182 yards and a touchdown.

Stats, etc.
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  1. freedom_X says:

    I was wondering about how Red Bryant performed (since it’s hard to tell with stats, and without studying the video.) I was concerned about the run defense, but didn’t consider that having all the backup ends could have hurt the run D. Chris Clemons’ solid run defense is very underrated.

    I’m hopeful that if Avril is ready to play next week, the run defense will improve a lot.

    Also a good shot back at the belief yesterday that Russell Wilson threw poorly and was inaccurate. We’ll see if more reps gets Carpenter in the groove – or not.

  2. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Mort just reported on Espn that the 9ers tried ti sign Brady Quinn today.. Harbaugh is scared!!

  3. raymaines says:

    I thought almost every snap when Wilson was in shotgun formation was weak, slow, and low to the right. That messes up the timing of a hand off and breaks RW’s concentration when he should be looking at pass coverage schemes. We’ve come to expect better things from Unger than that.

  4. Unger has never been overly good in the gun.

  5. Not too surprising about Sweezy and Carpenter, but I am surprised that Unger graded so poorly. Would rather see McQuistan than either Sweezy or Carpenter.

  6. Interesting that Unger was singled out for not performing well, and not Giacomini. Veddy, veddy interesting. Of course, the usual suspects sucked–Carp and Sweezy. Sigh.

    Good to hear Bryant graded out well, same with Bennett.

  7. Interesting method of analysis at PFF. They say they spend about 16 hours analyzing each game, and a lot of their evaluation methods seem to make good sense to me (they have a faq online). Stats are imperfect and only tell a part of the story in Football – the ultimate TEAM game. That said, I like PFFs approach.

    Best of all was their review of Derrick Coleman: “(+2.4) consistently dominated in the hole on lead blocks… He was only in for seven running plays but on three of those he clearly won the battle in the hole.”

    Does anyone here subscribe to this? Looks like good stuff on the surface.

  8. ChrisHolmes says:

    @Stevos: I agree and enjoy reading PFF’s analysis.

    What I find striking is the difference between their analysis and what the half-baked, knee-jerk reactions were from “fans” during the game chat. The one thing I read over and over during that chat was how bad the FB spot was and how people kept expecting the FO to beg MRob to come back.

    Makes me not even want to login to chat the next game, with all the hand-wringing and over-reaction that is based on nothing but personal bias.

    The kicker was was someone actually started ragging on Wilson… Who only threw for 300+, a TD, no interceptions, all while having the Panther’s front seven in his grill the entire game. I mean, really? Someone actually thought Jackson would have been better?

    I’m disgusted by the fan response to the game as it was happening. Glad to read the PFF analysis and get some real “perspective” that is based on some actual stats besides someone’s personal boner for a particular player.

    Honestly, a lot of Seahawks “fans” disappointed me during Sunday’s chat. Glad our team is better than the fans.

  9. “Red Bryant put in a solid all-around performance, grading the highest overall of any member of the Seahawks defense.”

    there was at least one comment about how we should move on from Red . . .

  10. banosser says:

    PFF ReFo: GB @ SF, Week 1
    Steve Palazzolo | September 9, 2013

    2013 refo wk1 gb@sfThe NFL certainly isn’t shy about throwing the best teams at each other in Week 1. In a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional game, the Green Bay Packers traveled to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. The game did not disappoint as it came down the final minutes of the fourth quarter before a Frank Gore touchdown put the 49ers ahead for good with 5:47 left to go in the game. Neither team was able to get anything going on the ground, and perhaps they didn’t mind all that much given the 745 collective passing yards during the game. It was a back and forth battle of strong quarterbacking and playmaking receivers, with San Francisco doing just enough to continue their winning streak against Green Bay.

    Here are the game’s most notable performances.

    Green Bay – Three Performances of Note

    Guard Flip

    Much was made this offseason about the Packers flipping their guards from their usual spots as Josh Sitton has now moved in at left guard while T.J. Lang is starting on the right. It wasn’t a good start on either side as both players graded at an identical -4.0, though for slightly different reasons. Sitton had his problems with defensive end Justin Smith right from the get-go as he was beaten for a tackle in the running game. The play set the tone as Sitton resorted to grabbing and pulling for much of the game resulting in two holding penalties and an illegal hands to the face penalty, all against Smith. He had some success in pass protection only surrendering two pressures on 41 attempts for a +0.6 grade, but the -3.9 grade in the running game was not his finest work.

    For Lang, it was the passing game that gave him problems as he graded at -2.9 in pass protection while giving up a sack, a hit, and two hurries. Linebacker Navarro Bowman snuck inside him for pressure after showing blitz late and OLB Aldon Smith also beat Lang to the inside and got a healthy shot on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Lang later had his issues with DE Ray McDonald who beat him for both a sack and a pressure. When you throw in a -1.4 run block grade of his own, it was not a good day for the guard tandem and their -8.0 combined grade.

    Jordy Delivers

    Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson wasn’t even a guarantee to play Sunday, but he came through in a big way with 130 yards on seven catches including a touchdown. It was a well-rounded game for Nelson as he outmuscled cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for a big gain on a back shoulder throw at the 2:17 mark of the first quarter but also showed his elusiveness by forcing missed tackles on both Asomugha and safety Eric Reid in the second. Perhaps the most impressive play of the game for either team was Nelson’s catch at the 9:37 mark of the fourth. Rodgers rolled to his left and unleashed one of his patented lasers down the sideline, putting the ball in a place where only his receiver could get it. This throw, however, may have been too far out of reach as it was well out of bounds. Instead, Nelson fully extended and hauled in the pass, all while keeping his feet in bounds for the big conversion. Despite missing the preseason, the Packers were certainly excited to see a healthy return for Nelson on Sunday.


    It was an ugly showing for Packers safety Jerron McMillian who found himself flailing at 49ers’ offensive players to the tune of four missed tackles and a -5.7 grade. When he wasn’t whiffing in the open field, he found himself lost in coverage as he was at the 3:49 mark of the third quarter. His biggest miss came with 7:22 to go in the fourth as San Francisco was driving for their eventual game-winning drive. WR Anquan Boldin broke into the open field and McMillian was unable to take him down. The 49ers punched it in three plays later as Boldin’s 43-yard gain was a major momentum swing. McMillian had some positive moments last year as a rookie, but nearly matching last season’s missed tackle total in one game is not a good start to the season.

    San Francisco – Three Performances of Note

    Boldin Takes Control

    Speaking of Boldin, he was the difference for the 49ers in the game. Green Bay could not slow him down as he caught 13 of his 16 targets for 208 yards and a touchdown on his way to a +4.7 overall grade. Of his 13 catches, nine of them either moved the chains or found the end zone and he picked up 70 of his 208 yards after the catch. He also forced five missed tackles.

    Nothing sums up the confidence quarterback Colin Kaepernick has in Boldin quite like the pass he threw with 13:28 to go in the third quarter. Facing a 3rd-and-9, Kaepernick fired a strike in between two defenders trusting that Boldin would come down with the ball. No surprise, the 22-yard gain moved the chains and Kaepernick appears to have a new favorite weapon. We’re certainly not expecting double-digit catches from Boldin every week, but Sunday’s game showed that he can still take over a game and on an offense that already features a number of capable playmakers, it just adds to the multi-dimensional 49ers’ offense.

    Aldon is Back

    After a slow finish to last season due to injuries, both his own and teammate Justin Smith’s, Aldon Smith looked like his old self Sunday as he picked up two sacks, two hits, and four hurries on his 39 pass rushes. His overall +2.0 was marred by two offsides penalties, but the +4.0 pass rush grade is what the 49ers are hoping for each week. Both sacks came against rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari, first shrugging off a cut block early in the first quarter before beating Bakhtiari off the edge with 13:44 to go in the fourth quarter. Smith then went into closer mode as he made his presence felt on Green Bay’s last two plays of the game. He just missed getting to Rodgers with 26 seconds to go and then sealed the deal by beating RT Don Barclay off the edge and taking Rodgers to the ground on the last play of the game. The 49ers were certainly pleased to have the Smiths back and healthy for Week 1.

    Coverage Woes

    It wasn’t a great day for 49ers cornerbacks as Asomugha (-1.2) and Carlos Rogers (-1.7) both graded negatively in coverage. Asomugha had trouble keeping up with Nelson and his missed tackle on 3rd-and-15 at the end of the first half was a game-changer. Rogers was charged with covering WR Randall Cobb in the slot and gave up receptions on all four of their targets for 79 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps the numbers look unfair due to a late catch on the Packers’ desperate last drive, but it was the short receptions that had a bigger effect on the game. Rogers lost track of Cobb on a crossing route with 11:40 to go in the first quarter and later was unable to keep Cobb out of the end zone on a quick out at the 1:11 mark. He also got sucked inside on a screen pass to running back Eddie Lacy, leading to a 31-yard gain. Things got better as the game progressed but the cornerbacks were not the strength of the San Francisco defense on Sunday.

    Game Notes

    – Kaepernick under pressure: 2-for-7 for 39 yards and a 50.3 QB Rating. In a clean pocket: 25-for-32 for 373 yards, three touchdowns and a QB Rating of 146.5.

    – As is usually the case for them, the 49ers’ top 11 defensive players played at least 52 of the 63 snaps.

    – Packers OLB Clay Matthews had five stops against the run and graded at +3.1, but he notched three pressures, including a sack, for a -0.2 pass rush grade on 31 attempts.

    PFF Game Ball

    There’s little question that Anquan Boldin was the best player on the field Sunday. He’s the early leader in the clubhouse with 5.07 Yards/Route Run.

  11. ChrisHolmes–Calling for Wilsons head during the game was silly. But to call fans out for being emotional on any given play is ridiculous. Thats what being a fan is, not to sit back quietly and be content to watch a fabulously talented team screw the pooch, which is what Seattle was doing for much of the game.

    I think everyone is aware that each play is only one play. But one play can turn a game, and I for one react emotionally to every single play. If you dont, thats great. But its ridiculous to bash folks for reacting to a single play. Do you jump up and down and holler on a big pass or run play?! Then its equally fair to get just as pissed on a play where LYnch is hit five yards behind the LOS.

  12. snoopy123 says:

    I’m going to have to agree with you Holmes. Lots of fans in NW get too attached to players. MRob doesn’t have a job yet. Moffit was a scratch in the Thursday game. When are people going to give our FO the benefit of the doubt?

  13. I’d say avoid the game chats if you don’t like overreactions. They’re always full of them.

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