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Personnel Review – Week 9 vs. Arizona

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Offensive Personnel Groupings

Including kneel-downs, and excluding penalties, the Seattle Seahawks ran 73 offensive plays out of six personnel groupings on Sunday.

GroupNamePassRunTotalPass%Run%
1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE"11"1572268.2%31.8%
2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE"21"0220.0%100.0%
2 RB, 3 WR"20"101100.0%0.0%
1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE"12"24123666.7%33.3%
1 RB, 1 WR, 3 TE"13"16714.3%85.7%
1 RB, 4 TE"14"14520.0%80.0%
Total 42317357.5%42.5%

The four-tight end personnel grouping was a first, and was used on goal-line plays in the first and fourth quarters. On each of the five plays, Seattle had two tight ends on the right side of the line, with John Carlson lined up as a fullback.

Seahawks Passing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

HasselbeckComAtt%YardsLGTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"11"91464.3%8532000080.9
"20"11100.0%55000087.5
"12"121866.7%24363101-6128.2
"14"010.0%00000039.6
Total223464.7%33363101-6106.6
WhitehurstComAtt%YardsLGTDINTSacksSack YdRating
"11"000.0%0000100
"12"3560.0%3116010038.3
"13"11100.0%22220000118.8
Total4666.7%5322011054.9

Whitehurst’s third quarter scramble for no gain was officially recorded as a sack, the first of his NFL career.

Seahawks Rushing on Sunday (By Personnel Grouping)

GroupAttYdsAvgLGTD
"11"7131.961
"12"12746.2290
"13"620.330
"14"410.311
"21"22010.0130
Total311103.5292

The rushing totals out of “13” include four kneel-downs for -4 yards. On the two straight running plays, the Seahawks gained six yards. Seattle ran three end-around plays out of “12” personnel, which gained 21 yards. Mike Williams’ rushing attempt near the goal-line in the third quarter was out of “11” personnel.

Snap Counts (Offense)
PlayerPlaysTotal%
6-C.Whitehurst177323.3%
7-J.Losman0730.0%
8-M.Hasselbeck567376.7%
11-D.Butler337345.2%
17-M.Williams557375.3%
20-J.Forsett407354.8%
24-M.Lynch357347.9%
33-L.Washington1731.4%
63-C.White0730.0%
65-C.Spencer7373100.0%
67-A.Barbre0730.0%
69-C.Pitts7373100.0%
75-S.Locklear7373100.0%
77-S.Andrews7373100.0%
78-T.Polumbus7373100.0%
82-R.Martin1731.4%
85-A.McCoy207327.4%
86-C.Baker337345.2%
87-B.Obomanu637386.3%
88-C.Morrah127316.4%
89-J.Carlson727398.6%

- Whitehurst’s snap count includes four kneel-downs. Excluding those plays, Seattle averaged 9.4 yards per play where Whitehurst was the quarterback, and 6.6 yards per play with Hasselbeck under center. Whitehurst committed Seattle’s lone turnover on Sunday, which occurred inside the red zone.

- Forsett has logged more playing-time in three of the five games since Marshawn Lynch’s arrival during the bye week.

- Lynch lined up as a fullback in the two snaps run out of “21” personnel, and was the lone back in Seattle’s four-tight end grouping.

- Washington and Forsett were split backs on Seattle’s one play out of “20” personnel.

- 22 of Butler’s 33 snaps were in “11” personnel, which consisted of Butler, Williams, and Obomanu.

- Williams’ snaps were in “11”, “12”, and “21” personnel.

- Re-signed on Saturday, Martin picked up one snap in “20” personnel.

- Obomanu led all receivers with 63 snaps on Sunday, which is likely a career-high. In “11” and “20” personnel, Obomanu was the slot receiver.

- McCoy and Baker appeared to alternate series’ as the second tight end in “12” personnel. McCoy appeared to injure his left ankle making a tackle during Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s interception return. He missed the next series, but returned with his left ankle wrapped.

- Four of Morrah’s 12 snaps were on kneel-downs. Otherwise, Morrah picked up snaps in the four-tight end sets, and was split wide on two snaps run out of “13” personnel.

- Carlson lined up as a fullback on 12 snaps, and was split wide or flexed off the line of scrimmage on 7 other plays. Seattle running one tight end-free play ended Carlson’s three-game streak of playing every offensive snap.

- Seattle used one offensive line on Sunday, with Chris White and Allen Barbre dressing, but either not playing (White) or playing on special teams (Barbre).

Defensive Personnel Groupings

Excluding penalties, Seattle’s defense was on the field for 64 plays on Sunday.

PackageRunPassTotalRun%Pass%
Base11102152.4%47.6%
Nickel25728.6%71.4%
Dime122234.3%95.7%
Bandit013130.0%100.0%
Total14506421.9%78.1%

The eleven runs the Cardinals had against Seattle’s base defense gained 36 yards and a touchdown. One of the two runs against Seattle’s nickel defense was Early Doucet’s two-yard scramble on a “Wildcat” play. Aaron Curry stuffed the one run against dime for no gain on a third down play at the Seahawks’ five-yard line.

Derek Anderson was 7-of-7 for 130 yards (118.8 passer rating) against Seattle’s base defense in the first half. After the break, Anderson was 0-of-2 and Aaron Curry picked up a strip-sack rushing from his strong-side linebacker position.

Anderson 3-for-11 for 52 yards, a 46.8 passer rating, with two sacks for -16 yards against Seattle’s “Bandit” defense. Anderson was 10-of-20 for 138 yards (72.5 passer rating) with two sacks for -14 yards against Seattle’s dime package, and 3-of-5 for 2 yards with a touchdown and an interception against Seattle’s nickel defense.Defensive Player Snap Count

PlayerPlaysTotal%
21-K.Jennings636498.4%
23-M.Trufant6464100.0%
27-J.Babineaux416464.1%
28-W.Thurmond0640.0%
29-E.Thomas6464100.0%
31-K.Chancellor136420.3%
34.R.Lewis396460.9%
36-L.Milloy6464100.0%
39-K.Cox0640.0%
51-L.Tatupu6464100.0%
52-M.McCoy0640.0%
54-W.Herring76410.9%
57-D.Hawthorne216432.8%
58-D.Davis76410.9%
59-A.Curry586490.6%
91-C.Clemons536482.8%
92-B.Mebane416464.1%
93-C.Terrill166425.0%
94-J.Siavii216432.8%
95-K.Balmer196429.7%
98-R.Brock436467.2%
99-J.Richardson6649.4%

- Jennings picked up his second interception of his NFL career, and his first since his rookie season. The one snap he did not play was on a 1

st

-and-Goal play from the 6-yard line in the second quarter, with Jordan Babineaux replacing him as Arizona had a 2-RB/2-TE grouping on the field.

- Trufant logged every defensive snap for the fourth time this season, and second time against the Cardinals.

- In addition to the one snap in base, Babineaux was in for all the dime and “Bandit” plays, and four snaps as part of a “heavy” nickel package.

- Thomas had 8 total tackles on Sunday, has played every snap in eight of his nine NFL games.

- Chancellor continued his role as safety in “Bandit”, and got an opportunity to rush the passer on the Cardinals’ final offensive series.

- Lewis’ snaps were in dime and “Bandit”, and as the slot corner in a smaller, faster nickel package.

- Milloy had four tackles and a quarterback sack on his 37th birthday.

- Tatupu continues to lead the Seahawks’ defense in playing time this season. (98.2% of 616 snaps)

- Herring’s snaps were as the team’s nickel linebacker.

- Hawthorne’s snaps were in base defense, and his two tackles on Sunday were after a pair of two-yard gains.

- Davis’ snaps were as a pass-rushing end in dime and “Bandit” personnel.

- Curry played strong-side linebacker, defensive tackle in nickel and dime packages, and the nose in 12 of the 13 plays run out of the “Bandit” package. Curry tied Thomas with a team-high 8 tackles, including one on special teams and two quarterback sacks.

- Clemons had 17 snaps as the “Leo”, with Brock picking up the remaining four snaps. Balmer was the “5” technique for 16 snaps, with Richardson playing five snaps, all paired with Clemons. Mebane (17), Siavii (16), and Terrill (9) played inside on the 21 snaps out of base defense.

- Mebane’s 41 snaps were most among defensive tackles, and included one snap as the nose in “Bandit”.

- After playing over 50 snaps last Sunday, Balmer (19), Terrill (16) and Siavii (21) got a bit of a break on Sunday.

- Brock’s 43 snaps were his second-most since signing with the Seahawks in the first week of the regular season.

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