At the risk of being heckled (by my wife, mostly) for having too many charts, I thought I’d pass along a few that update themselves automatically off my play-by-play entries. I don’t immediately have time to put the numbers into context, other than to note that Seattle is more likely than its opponents to run on second/third-and-long. But there’s a method to our statistical madness here.
I was listening to Pat Kirwan on Sirius Radio this morning. A caller complained about the Vikings’ offense being too predictable on first and second downs. Pat went back through that team’s most recent game and broke down the first-half numbers. He found an equal number of runs and passes. The point: Perception isn’t always reality on these things. I’ve got the numbers for Seattle. Might as well make them available. I’ve thrown in two personnel-related charts below for those who like to dig a little deeper.
The personnel charts tell a lot about a team’s personality. Take the Chiefs, for instance. They put two and three tight ends on the field routinely. In fact, Seattle never even went to its dime defense against Kansas City a couple weeks ago. That was because the Chiefs’ most exotic personnel grouping was one-back, three-wide, one-tight. Hey, whatever works.
This last chart shows how Seattle’s use of offensive personnel has changed from week to week. Some of this depends on the opponent. Some depends on injuries at a given position. Some depends on what happens during the game. Seattle goes two-back, three-wide when playing catchup. Last week, the two-minute offense consisted entirely of one-back, three-wide, one-tight end. I like to chart this because it gives us an idea of who is on the field.