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Midseason personnel review -- offense

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Seahawks offensive plays by personnel grouping

GroupNamePassRunTotalPass %Run %
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE"11"1385519371.5%28.5%
1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE"12"676713450.0%50.0%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE"21"36357150.7%49.3%
2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE"22"17234042.5%57.5%
1 RB, 1 WR, 3 TE"13"63966.7%33.3%
1 RB, 4 WR"10"61785.7%14.3%
2 RB, 3 WR"20"606100.0%0.0%
0 RB, 4WR, 1 TE"01"404100.0%0.0%
2 RB, 3 TE"23"13425.0%75.0%
0 RB, 3 WR, 2TE"02"101100.0%0.0%
Fake FG“FFG”0110.0%100.0%
Total 28218847060.0%40.0%

Excluding the fake field goal, the Seahawks have had an “Ace” backfield (one-back) for 73.1% of their 469 offensive plays this season.

Another by-product of not having a true fullback on the 53-man roster is the increase in 2+ tight end personnel groupings. After back-to-back seasons of using two-tight end sets on less than 16% of their offensive snaps, the Seahawks have had two-tight ends on 40.1% of the 469 offensive plays this season.

The Seahawks have had at least three wide receivers on the field for 45% of their offensive plays.

Seahawks Passing Numbers (by Personnel Grouping)

GroupComAtt%YardsTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"11"7512560.0%7693213-6679.1
"12"336055.0%334147-5248.9
"21"183650.0%310030044.9
"22"101566.7%54102-1394.9
"13"4666.7%321000119.4
"10"2633.3%6000042.4
"20"4666.7%27000076.4
"01"2450.0%201000104.2
"02"010.0%0000039.6
"23"010.0%0000039.6
Total14826056.9%15527922-13168.9

The passing totals include the 28-yard pass play from Michael Robinson to Leon Washington, which was run out of “21” personnel.

Seahawks Rushing Numbers (by Personnel Grouping)

GroupAttYdsAvgLGTD
"11"552324.2212
"12"672623.9320
"21"351654.7390
"22"23200.960
"13"3-2-0.700
"10"111.010
"23"300.012
"FFG1-9-9.0-90
Total1886693.6394

These rushing totals include botched fake field goal attempt, as well as 16 runs by Seahawks quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst. Of the 16 runs, six were kneel-downs (all out of “22” personnel), three were quarterback sneaks (all out of “11” personnel), and one was a designed bootleg out of “12” personnel in the 4

th

quarter of the Arizona game.

One of the rushing plays was the aborted snap in the 3rd quarter against the Giants, with the ‘Hawks in “11” personnel.

What remains are five scrambles, all by Hasselbeck. Three of the scrambles gained 28 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown against Denver, when the Seahawks were in “11” personnel. Hasselbeck scored a touchdown on a play-action bootleg play out of “23” personnel from the 1-yard line against San Francisco. Hasselbeck also had a 3-yard scramble on a 1st-and-10 play out of “22” personnel against the 49ers.

Offensive Player Snap Count (through 8 games)

Below is a look at each offensive player’s snap counts, including the fake field goal attempt against the St. Louis Rams in Week 4, and that player’s playing-time percentage based on the total number of offensive plays the Seahawks have run this season.

PlayerSnapsTotalP/T %
6-C.Whitehurst404708.5%
8-M.Hasselbeck42947091.3%
9-J.Ryan14700.2%
10-O.Mare14700.2%
11-D.Butler31147066.2%
15-B.Stokley8347017.7%
17-M.Williams31347066.6%
20-J.Forsett26247055.7%
22-J.Jones304706.4%
24-M.Lynch12547026.6%
26-M.Robinson8347017.7%
32-Q.Ganther314706.6%
33-L.Washington5347011.3%
49-C.Gresham14700.2%
50-B.Hamilton36547077.7%
60-M.Unger4747010.0%
64-M.Gibson7047014.9%
65-C.Spencer470470100.0%
66-M.Wrotto04700.0%
67-A.Barbre04700.0%
68-B.Giacomini04700.0%
69-C.Pitts8747018.5%
75-S.Locklear44347094.3%
76-R.Okung10747022.8%
77-S.Andrews42347090.0%
78-T.Polumbus34047072.3%
81-G.Tate11147023.6%
83-D.Branch18547039.4%
85-A.McCoy174703.6%
86-C.Baker17847037.9%
87-B.Obomanu10047021.3%
88-C.Morrah194704.0%
89-J.Carlson44547094.7%
Inside the Snap Counts

- Forsett has 146 snaps in “11” personnel, most among Seattle’s running backs. On the six plays run out of “20” personnel, Forsett was paired with Julius Jones (1) and Leon Washington (5).

- More than half (67) of Lynch’s 125 snaps have come in “12” personnel.

- Washington has received snaps in seven personnel groupings, but has primarily been the single-back in “11” personnel. (27 of 53 offensive snaps)

- Mike Gibson picked up one snap as a fullback in “22” personnel vs. Oakland in Week 8.

- Butler is 20 plays away from the amount he played during his rookie season.

- Stokley has been used exclusively in 3-WR packages.

- Williams leads the receivers in snaps in “21” personnel (46 of 71) and “12” personnel (96 of 134) this season.

- 74 of Tate’s 111 snaps (66.7%) have come in 3- or 4-WR packages.

- All four tight ends have played in “12” personnel.

- Carlson has been the one tight end in “11” on 191 of 193 snaps. Baker logged the other two.

Offensive Line Snap Count

Through eight games, the Seahawks have used eight offensive line combinations:

LTLGCRGRTPlays%
PolumbusGibsonSpencerUngerLocklear143.0%
PolumbusHamiltonSpencerUngerLocklear337.0%
PolumbusHamiltonSpencerAndrewsLocklear22848.6%
OkungHamiltonSpencerAndrewsPolumbus275.8%
OkungHamiltonSpencerAndrewsLocklear7616.2%
OkungGibsonSpencerAndrewsLocklear40.9%
PolumbusPittsSpencerAndrewsLocklear377.9%
PittsGibsonSpencerAndrewsLocklear5010.7%
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