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Personnel Review – NFC Playoff vs. Chicago

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.

GroupNamePassRunTotalPass%Run%
0 RB, 5 WR, 0 TE"00"61785.7%14.3%
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE"11"2412596.0%4.0%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE"21"35837.5%62.5%
2 RB, 3 WR"20"831172.7%27.3%
1 RB, 4 WR"10"72977.8%22.2%
Total 48126080.0%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)

HasselbeckComAtt%YardsLGTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"00"4666.7%24121000113.9
"10"5771.4%3113000080.1
"11"132356.5%18146201-8110.9
"21"1333.3%33000042.4
"20"3742.9%1910001-850.3
Total264656.5%25846302-1694.3

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)

RushingAttYdsAvgLGTD
"00"11313.0130
"11"188.080
"10"2-1-0.500
"21"5-1-0.210
"20"3134.390
Totals12322.7130

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 RobinsonSnap Counts (Offense)

PlayerPlaysTotal%
6-C.Whitehurst0600.0%
7-J.Losman0600.0%
8-M.Hasselbeck6060100.0%
15-B.Stokley476078.3%
17-M.Williams576095.0%
20-J.Forsett366060.0%
24-M.Lynch116018.3%
26-M.Robinson106016.7%
33-L.Washington156025.0%
63-C.White0600.0%
64-M.Gibson6060100.0%
65-C.Spencer6060100.0%
73-W.Robinson1601.7%
75-S.Locklear6060100.0%
76-R.Okung6060100.0%
77-S.Andrews0600.0%
78-T.Polumbus6060100.0%
81-G.Tate126020.0%
82-R.Martin216035.0%
87-B.Obomanu586096.7%
88-C.Morrah296048.3%
89-J.Carlson3605.0%

- 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.

PackagePassRunTotalPass%Run%
Base17335034.0%66.0%
Nickel651154.5%45.5%
Dime22450.0%50.0%
3*2*611250.0%50.0%
Bandit606100.0%0.0%
5*3*30440.0%100.0%
Total32457741.6%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

PlayerPlaysTotal%
21-K.Jennings707790.9%
23-M.Trufant447757.1%
27-J.Babineaux407751.9%
28-W.Thurmond307739.0%
29-E.Thomas7777100.0%
31-K.Chancellor87710.4%
36-L.Milloy747796.1%
39-K.Cox0770.0%
51-L.Tatupu677787.0%
52-M.McCoy1771.3%
54-W.Herring227728.6%
57-D.Hawthorne547770.1%
58-D.Davis1771.3%
59-A.Curry557771.4%
90-C.Cole537768.8%
91-C.Clemons687788.3%
92-B.Mebane657784.4%
93-C.Terrill317740.3%
94-J.Siavii0770.0%
95-K.Balmer327741.6%
98-R.Brock487762.3%
99-J.Richardson5776.5%

- 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.

Brian McIntyre blogs daily about the NFL over 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.
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