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Personnel Review – Week 15 vs. Tampa Bay

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Offensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, the Seahawks ran 53 offensive plays out of 6 personnel groupings against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

GroupNamePassRunTotalPass%Run%
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE"11"1562171.4%28.6%
1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE"12"27922.2%77.8%
2 RB, 3 WR"20"0220.0%100.0%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE"21"771450.0%50.0%
2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE"22"13425.0%75.0%
2 RB, 3 TE"23"0330.0%100.0%
Total 25285347.2%52.8%
Seahawks Passing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

HasselbeckComAtt%YardsLGTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"11"11100.0%990000104.2
"12"11100.0%66000091.7
"21"1250.0%99000062.5
Total3475.0%249000089.6
WhitehurstComAtt%YardsLGTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"11"101376.9%6214001-586.1
"12"11100.0%44000083.3
"21"040.0%00001-139.6
"22"000.0%0000100
Total111861.1%660003-668.3

Seahawks Rushing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

GroupAttYdsAvgTDLG
"11"6213.5116
"12"7131.905
"20"252.504
"21"7456.4029
"22"351.706
"23"310.311
Totals28903.2229

With a lead-blocker, Marshawn Lynch had 8 carries for 44 yards, primarily due to a 29-yard run, Seattle’s longest offensive play on Sunday. Three of those 8 runs were no gains, including two from the Buccaneers’ 1-yard line in the first quarter.

Included in Seattle’s rushing totals were three quarterback scrambles for 7 yards and a touchdown, and a kneel-down out of “22” personnel at the end of the first half.Snap Counts (Offense)

PlayerPlaysTotal%
6-C.Whitehurst395373.6%
7-J.Losman0530.0%
8-M.Hasselbeck145326.4%
15-B.Stokley105318.9%
17-M.Williams465386.8%
20-J.Forsett205337.7%
24-M.Lynch275350.9%
26-M.Robinson245345.3%
33-L.Washington5539.4%
63-C.White3535.7%
64-M.Gibson5353100.0%
65-C.Spencer5353100.0%
69-C.Pitts5353100.0%
75-S.Locklear5353100.0%
76-R.Okung5353100.0%
78-T.Polumbus0530.0%
81-G.Tate165330.2%
87-B.Obomanu475388.7%
86-C.Baker185334.0%
88-C.Morrah195335.8%
89-J.Carlson305356.6%

- For the fourth time this season, and second time in two weeks, Whitehurst and Hasselbeck played in the same game.

- 13 of Forsett’s 20 snaps were in “11” personnel.

- Lynch was in the backfield for 17 of the 23 plays using a two-back set.

- All of Washington’s five snaps were in the fourth quarter.

- Robinson was the single-back in “12” personnel, taking the snap and running the QB sneak on 4th-and-1 in the first quarter.

- Stokley played exclusively in 3-WR sets before leaving the game with a head injury in the third quarter.

- Williams would have led Seahawks’ receivers in playing-time on Sunday, but sat out the final three snaps.

- The fourth receiver active on Sunday, Tate replaced Stokley in 3-WR sets and picked up snaps in regular (“21”) personnel at the end of the game.

- Obomanu played in all but three plays run out of “22” personnel (Mike Williams was the lone receiver on those snaps) and the short-yardage, 3-TE plays.

- 11 of Baker’s snaps were as the lone tight end in “21” personnel.

- Morrah picked up three snaps each in “21” and 11” personnel, and was flexed off the line of scrimmage or split wide on three snaps.

- Carlson was not used on plays run out of “21” and “22” personnel.

- Reserve center/guard Chris White was a third tight end on short yardage plays.

- Seattle used the same offensive line for all 53 snaps. This particular group—Okung-Pitts-Spencer-Gibson-Locklear—has logged the last 109 snaps for the Seahawks, the fourth-highest total of the 11 combinations the team has used this season.Defensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, and including kneel-downs, the Buccaneers ran 56 offensive plays on Sunday.

PackagePassRunTotalPass%Run%
Base19203948.7%51.3%
Nickel841266.7%33.3%
Bandit31475.0%25.0%
5*3*30110.0%100.0%
Total30265653.6%46.4%

Against Seattle’s base defense, Buccaneers running backs gained 164 yards on 20 carries. 121 of those yards came on three runs of 20+ yards. Of the four runs against Seattle’s “nickel” package, two were scrambles by Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman which gained 20 total yards.

Buccaneers quarterbacks were 15-of-18 for 141 yards and 4 touchdowns, a 138.9 passer rating, against Seattle’s base defense on Sunday. Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu did post his first quarterback sack of the season out of base defense.

Seattle’s “nickel” defense, which saw Aaron Curry replace the injured Will Herring, allowed the Bucs to complete 5-of-7 pass attempts for 52 yards and a 13-yard sack that was split by Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock. On four third-down plays, Seattle’s nickel defense only yielded one successful conversion.

Against Seattle’s “Bandit” defense, which uses 7 defensive backs, Josh Freeman was 3-of-3 for 46 yards and a 20-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver Mike Williams.Defensive Player Snap Count

PlayerPlaysTotal%
21-K.Jennings465682.1%
23-M.Trufant5656100.0%
27-J.Babineaux185632.1%
28-W.Thurmond125621.4%
29-E.Thomas5656100.0%
31-K.Chancellor105617.9%
36-L.Milloy495687.5%
39-K.Cox0560.0%
51-L.Tatupu5656100.0%
52-M.McCoy0560.0%
55-J.Pawelek0560.0%
57-D.Hawthorne405671.4%
58-D.Davis0560.0%
59-A.Curry545696.4%
90-C.Cole305653.6%
91-C.Clemons485685.7%
92-B.Mebane415673.2%
93-C.Terrill135623.2%
95-K.Balmer335658.9%
97-A.Gordon115619.6%
98-R.Brock245642.9%
99-J.Richardson195633.9%

- Jennings logged 31 snaps in base defense, coming off the field when Seattle countered a 3-TE look from the Buccaneers with Jordan Babineaux at cornerback opposite Marcus Trufant.

- After missing nearly half of last week’s game with a back injury, Trufant was a 100% participant for the 7th time this season.

- Babineaux played one snap in base defense, and with Roy Lewis landing on IR, was the nickel cornerback.

- Thurmond played eight snaps on the outside in base and nickel defense, and worked the slot in “Bandit”.

- Thomas has played in all but 28 defensive snaps this season.

- Chancellor continued to play in the back-end of the secondary in “Bandit”, but also picked up snaps at strong safety in base and nickel personnel.

- In addition to not being part of Seattle’s short-yardage defense, Milloy sat for the game’s final seven defensive plays.

- Tatupu was a 100% participant for the 12th time in 15 games this season.

- Hawthorne’s snaps were in base and short-yardage defense.

- Curry played linebacker in base, short-yardage, and nickel defense, and was the nose in two plays run out of “Bandit”.

- Cole played the nose in 29 of the 39 plays in base defense, as well as the one short-yardage play.

- Clemons was the “Leo” end on 31 of 39 base defense snaps.

- Mebane played the “3” technique on 27 snaps and picked up 13 snaps in nickel and “Bandit”.

- Terrill spelled Mebane in base and nickel defense.

- Balmer played the “5” technique on 32 of the 39 base defense snaps.

- Active for the first time this season, Gordon gave Cole a breather at the nose in base defense and was also used on the five-man front in short-yardage defense.

- Brock was the “Leo” for 8 snaps, and played defensive end in all nickel and “Bandit” snaps.

- Richardson played the “5” technique for 7 snaps, and was used as an inside pass-rusher in nickel situations.

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