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Personnel Review – Week 8 vs. N.Y. Giants

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Offensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, the Seattle Seahawks ran a season-low 37 offensive plays out of four personnel groupings on Sunday.

GroupNamePassRunTotalPass%Run%
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE"11"1021283.3%16.7%
1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE"12"11112250.0%50.0%
1 RB, 1 WR, 3 TE"13"11250.0%50.0%
0 RB, 3 WR, 2 TE"03"101100.0%0.0%
Total 23143762.2%37.8%

With Michael Robinson inactive, and just three healthy backs on the 45-man gameday roster, the Seahawks’ offense was limited to one- or no-back personnel groupings, including the 2010 debut of a 2-TE,3-WR grouping that was used in last year’s 34-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. On that play, both tight ends stayed in to block.

Charlie Whitehurst Passing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

WhitehurstComAtt%YardsTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"02"010.0%0000039.6
"13"010.0%0000039.6
"12"71163.6%78120075.4
"11"51050.0%35000058.3
Total122352.2%113120044.3

Despite the concern over the offensive line, Whitehurst was not sacked and was hardly pressured by one of the NFL’s most formidable pass-rushing defenses on Sunday. Part of the success in pass protection can be attributed to the offensive line, but the coaching staff did its part, as well.

On 23 pass plays, Seattle had an extra blocker—tight ends and/or a running back—on 19 plays. On eight of the passing plays, Seattle had 7 blockers for Whitehurst. The Giants brought more than 4 pass-rushers on ten of the 23 passing plays.Snap Counts (Offense)

PlayerPlaysTotal%
6-C.Whitehurst3737100.0%
7-Z.Robinson0370.0%
11-D.Butler3737100.0%
15-B.Stokley133735.1%
17-M.Williams333789.2%
20-J.Forsett133735.1%
24-M.Lynch213756.8%
33-L.Washington2375.4%
64-M.Gibson3737100.0%
65-C.Spencer3737100.0%
67-A.Barbre0370.0%
68-B.Giacomini0370.0%
69-C.Pitts3737100.0%
75-S.Locklear3737100.0%
77-S.Andrews3737100.0%
85-A.McCoy173745.9%
86-C.Baker83721.6%
87-B.Obomanu2375.4%
88-C.Morrah2375.4%
89-J.Carlson3737100.0%

- Butler was the lone receiver in “13” personnel.

- All of Stokley’s snaps came as a slot receiver in 3-WR packages.

- In addition to not playing in the “13” personnel, Williams sat for the final two offensive plays.

- Obomanu’s first offensive snap of the game resulted in a 36-yard touchdown reception.

- Forsett was the single-back in all but one play run out of “11” personnel.

- Lynch was the single-back in 20 of the 22 plays run out of “12” personnel, and picked up an additional snap as the lone back in the 3-TE package.

- Washington had one snap in “11” and one snap in “12” personnel, blocking on a pass play and used as a decoy on the failed lateral on 3rd-and-1 in the 1st quarter, his final offensive snap of the game.

- 2010 sixth-round pick McCoy was active for the first time, logging 17 snaps in a blocking role after Baker left the game with an injury.

- Baker (foot) left the game in the first quarter. His injury appeared to be of the non-contract variety on Marshawn Lynch’s 6-yard run/rugby scrum, and he remained in the game for the following play.

- Morrah returned two kicks for 21 yards, and he picked up two snaps in Seattle’s 3-TE package.

- Carlson played in all of Seattle’s offensive plays for the third straight week. Carlson was targeted two times, catching both passes for 9 yards. Carlson lined up as a fullback for 5 of the 37 offensive plays. On 23 passing plays, Carlson was kept in to block nine times.

- Zac Robinson, Allen Barbre and Breno Giacomini dressed, but did not play on offense.

Defensive Personnel Groupings

Including kneel-downs at the end of each half, Seattle’s defense was on the field for a season-high 79 plays on Sunday.

PackageRunPassTotalRun%Pass%
Base39175669.6%30.4%
Nickel5121729.4%70.6%
Bandit (7-DB)0330.0%100.0%
5*3*3303100.0%0.0%
Total47327959.5%40.5%

- Seattle was in base defense on 20 of the first 21 defensive plays on Sunday.

- “Bandit” was little used and ineffective, with Eli Manning completing 2-of-3 passes for 28 yards and a six-yard touchdown against Seattle’s seven-defensive back package. Kelly Jennings broke up the lone incompletion.

- The five-man line was on the field for the final three kneel-downs.Defensive Player Snap Count

PlayerPlaysTotal%
21-K.Jennings607975.9%
23-M.Trufant727991.1%
27-J.Babineaux407950.6%
28-W.Thurmond167920.3%
29-E.Thomas517964.6%
31-K.Chancellor347943.0%
34.R.Lewis207925.3%
36-L.Milloy467958.2%
39-K.Cox0790.0%
51-L.Tatupu687986.1%
52-M.McCoy0790.0%
54-W.Herring277934.2%
57-D.Hawthorne607975.9%
58-D.Davis197924.1%
59-A.Curry627978.5%
91-C.Clemons467958.2%
93-C.Terrill647981.0%
94-J.Siavii567970.9%
95-K.Balmer507963.3%
97-E.Wilson257931.6%
98-R.Brock317939.2%
99-J.Richardson227927.8%

- After missing two weeks, Jennings returned to the starting lineup, playing on the outside in base, nickel, and “Bandit” packages through the third quarter.

- Trufant was removed from the game for the final seven plays of the game.

- Babineaux primarily played corner in nickel and “Bandit” before moving to strong safety when the score reached 38-0.

- Thurmond replaced Jennings at right cornerback in the fourth quarter.

- Thomas injured his left foot/ankle when he was stepped on by Milloy on Kevin Boss’ 5-yard touchdown reception in the 2nd quarter. Thomas missed the kneel-down at the end of the first half, his first missed snap of the season, but returned to the field at the start of the second half before he was replaced in base defense midway through the 3rd quarter. Thomas would return as a free safety in nickel defense during the Giants’ 19-play, 76-yard drive in the 4th.

- Chancellor logged a season-high 34 snaps, playing safety in “Bandit” and replacing Thomas as the free safety in base defense in the second half.

- Half of Lewis’ 20 snaps were as an extra corner in nickel and “Bandit” before replacing Trufant at left cornerback in base defense midway through the Giants’ final drive.

- Milloy’s game ended after the Giants went up 38-0.

- Tatupu exited the game after Giants running back Brandon Jacobs lowered his head, causing a helmet-to-helmet contact. Up until this point, Tatupu had played every defensive snap of the season.

- Herring continued in his role as the nickel linebacker before moving into the base defense when Tatupu left the game.

- Hawthorne replaced Tatupu at middle linebacker, and was paired with Herring in one play in nickel defense on the Giants’ final drive.

- In addition to playing strong-side linebacker in base, Curry got three snaps as an inside pass-rusher in nickel defense.

- 46 snaps on Sunday were the norm for Clemons over the last month. Aside from the Chargers and Rams games, Clemons has logged between 46-48 snaps per game this season.

- With Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane inactive, Terrill (64) and Siavii (56) received their most extensive playing time of the season.

- Balmer’s 50 snaps were comprised of 37 snaps at the “5” technique end and 13 snaps at defensive tackle (nose and “3” technique in base, plus the final three snaps on the five-man line).

- Fourth-round pick E.J. Wilson was active for just the second time this season, and his 25 snaps were far more than the 4 he played in Oakland. Wilson played defensive tackle in nickel packages, the nose in “Bandit”, and got his first playing time in base defense in the 4th quarter.

- Signed last week, Richardson was the “5” technique end for 19 of the 56 (33.9%) snaps in base defense.

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