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Personnel Review – Week 16 vs. St. Louis

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Offensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, the Seahawks ran 71 offensive plays out of seven personnel groupings against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday night.

GroupNamePassRunTotalPass%Run%
1 RB, 4 WR"10"202100.0%0.0%
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE"11"1131478.6%21.4%
1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE"12"63966.7%33.3%
1 RB, 1 WR, 3 TE"13"505100.0%0.0%
2 RB, 3 WR"20"52771.4%28.6%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE"21"6162227.3%72.7%
2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE"22"111128.3%91.7%
Total 36357150.7%49.3%

Seattle opened with a 3-TE look, with Chris Baker on the line and Cameron Morrah and John Carlson split wide to one side. The Seahawks showed this look four times—three times on 1

st

-and-10 and one 2

nd

-and-13, but never ran the ball out of this personnel grouping/formation…31 of the 41 plays the Seahawks ran out with two running backs came in the second half…All seven plays run out of “20” personnel featured Justin Forsett and Leon Washington on the field, including three plays with Washington split wide as the Seahawks had two receivers stacked on each side. Washington caught an 8-yard screen the first time they showed this formation. The third time they showed it was on Forsett’s 21-yard run on 2

nd

-and-17 in the third quarter.

Charlie Whitehurst Passing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

WhitehurstComAtt%YardsLGTDINTRating
"10"22100.0%636100118.8
"11"51145.5%38160054.4
"12"5683.3%6510118.8
"13"3560.0%23130071.3
"20"4580.0%32100093.3
"21"3650.0%30130064.6
"22"010.0%000039.6
Total223661.1%192611084.5

Seattle did not yield an official quarterback sack on Sunday night. A four-yard sack, which was negated by a defensive holding penalty, occurred when the Seahawks were in “11” personnel on the opening drive.

Seahawks Rushing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

GroupAttYdsAvgTDLG
"11"372.304
"12"3165.3012
"20"22412.0021
"21"16885.5024
"22"1160.505
Totals351414.0024

Lynch finished with 75 yards on 20 carries, despite having four carries for negative (-13) yardage…Four of the carries out of “21” personnel were runs by Whitehurst, which gained 23 yards. Whitehurst gained 14 yards on three scrambles, and gained 9 yards on a bootleg…Two of the runs out of “22” personnel were kneel-downs at the end of the first- and second-half.Snap Counts (Offense)

PlayerPlaysTotal%
6-C.Whitehurst7171100.0%
7-J.Losman0710.0%
8-M.Hasselbeck0710.0%
17-M.Williams637188.7%
20-J.Forsett307142.3%
24-M.Lynch407156.3%
26-M.Robinson347147.9%
33-L.Washington87111.3%
63-C.White0710.0%
64-M.Gibson7171100.0%
65-C.Spencer7171100.0%
69-C.Pitts4715.6%
75-S.Locklear7171100.0%
76-R.Okung677194.4%
78-T.Polumbus7171100.0%
81-G.Tate7719.9%
82-R.Martin227131.0%
87-B.Obomanu587181.7%
86-C.Baker347147.9%
88-C.Morrah237132.4%
89-J.Carlson367150.7%

- Forsett was the single-back in 20 of his 30 snaps.

- Lynch’s 40 snaps were his most since his logging 50 snaps against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7.

- Robinson’s 34 snaps were a season-high. 26 of his snaps were in the second half.

- In addition to his seven snaps in “20” personnel (noted above), Washington received one snap in “21” personnel.

- Williams’ 63 snaps gives him 567 on the season, most among Seattle’s wide receivers.

- Tate picked up one snap in “21” personnel in addition to the six he played when Seattle had 3+ receivers on the field.

- Martin was the #3 receiver, playing in 21 on the 23 snaps where the Seahawks used 3+ receivers.

- Obomanu’s 58 snaps gave him 442 on the season, third-most among Seattle’s wide receivers.

- In addition to logging eight snaps in “21” personnel, Baker was on the field for all 26 of the plays Seattle used 2+ tight ends.

- Morrah was split or flexed of the line of scrimmage on 11 of his 23 snaps.

- 21 of Carlson’s 36 snaps were in the second half.Defensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, the Seahawks defense was on the field for a season-low 54 plays on Sunday night.

PackagePassRunTotalPass%Run%
Base18102864.3%35.7%
Nickel1141573.3%26.7%
Dime505100.0%0.0%
Bandit51683.3%16.7%
Total39155472.2%27.8%
Defensive Player Snap Count
PlayerPlaysTotal%
21-K.Jennings475487.0%
23-M.Trufant5454100.0%
27-J.Babineaux325459.3%
28-W.Thurmond125422.2%
29-E.Thomas5454100.0%
31-K.Chancellor65411.1%
32-M.Brown0540.0%
36-L.Milloy5454100.0%
39-K.Cox0540.0%
51-L.Tatupu5454100.0%
52-M.McCoy0540.0%
54-W.Herring155427.8%
57-D.Hawthorne285451.9%
58-D.Davis0540.0%
59-A.Curry435479.6%
90-C.Cole375468.5%
91-C.Clemons475487.0%
92-B.Mebane425477.8%
93-C.Terrill85414.8%
95-K.Balmer235442.6%
98-R.Brock345463.0%
99-J.Richardson4547.4%

- Jennings was replaced by Babineaux in base defense when the Rams were in “22” personnel (2RB/2TE).

- Trufant, Thomas, and Milloy did not miss a play on Sunday.

- In addition to his seven snaps in base defense, Babineaux was in for all the snaps in “Bandit” and “Dime”, and 14 of the 15 snaps in nickel.

- Thurmond played in the slot in “Bandit” and “Dime”, and logged one snap as the nickel cornerback late in the first half.

- Chancellor’s snaps were in “Bandit”.

- Tatupu logged every snap for the 13th time this season.

- After missing last week’s game against the Buccaneers, Herring resumed his role as the team’s nickel linebacker.

- Hawthorne’s snaps were relegated to base defense.

- Curry logged 28 snaps in base, and picked up snaps as the nose tackle in “Bandit” and as an inside pass-rusher in nickel and dime personnel.

- Cole played the nose in 26 of the 28 snaps in base, and eleven snaps in nickel.

- Clemons was the “Leo” on 20 snaps, with Brock playing the “Leo” on seven others. Brock and Clemons both played defensive end on one play, (3-yard completion on 3rd-and-2 in the 3rd quarter, which Clemons was flagged for unnecessary roughness) and were the defensive end pairings on all plays in nickel, dime, and “Bandit”.

- Mebane was the “3” technique on 26 of the base defense snaps. Mebane and Cole were paired together for 24 of the 28 base defense snaps. Mebane’s remaining 16 snaps were in nickel and dime packages.

- Terrill had two snaps as the “3” technique, two snaps as the nose tackle, and logged four snaps in nickel.

- Balmer and Richardson’s snaps were as the “5” technique in base defense.

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