Seahawks Personnel Files: Week 3

Seattle Seahawks rookie free safety Earl Thomas (left) has played in all 218 of the team's defensive snaps this season

Offensive Personnel Groupings

The Seahawks ran 56 official offensive plays against the San Diego Charger on Sunday. Below is a breakdown of how the coaching staff used personnel groupings and each player's individual snap counts.

"01" (0 RB, 4 WR, 1 TE) personnel was used on 2 plays (2 passes)
"10" (1 RB, 4WR, 0 TE) personnel was used on 2 plays (1 pass, 1 run)
"11" (1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE) personnel was used on 26 plays (17 passes, 9 runs)
"12" (1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE) personnel was used on 15 plays (10 passes, 5 runs)
"21" (2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE) personnel was used on 10 plays (5 passes, 5 runs)
"22" (2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE) personnel was used on 1 play (one kneel-down)

Offensive Line Snap Count

78 – Tyler Polumbus – 56 of 56 (100.0%) at LT
50 – Ben Hamilton – 56 of 56 (100.0%) at LG
65 – Chris Spencer – 56 of 56 (100.0%) at C
77 – Stacy Andrews – 56 of 56 (100.0%) at RG
75 – Sean Locklear – 56 of 56 (100.0%) at RT

Offensive Skill Position Player Snap Count (by group)

8 – Matt Hasselbeck - 56 of 56 (100.0%)
20 – Justin Forsett - 47 of 56 (83.9%)
22 – Julius Jones - 0 of 56 (0.0%)
33 – Leon Washington – 7 of 56 (12.5%)
26 – Michael Robinson – 11 of 56 (19.6%)
11 – Deon Butler – 33 of 56 (58.9%)
17 – Mike Williams – 27 of 56 (48.2%)
81 - Golden Tate – 30 of 56 (53.6%)
83 – Deion Branch – 52 of 56 (92.9%)
87 – Ben Obomanu – 3 of 56 (5.4%)
86 – Chris Baker – 23 of 56 (41.1%)
88 – Cameron Morrah – 0 of 56 (0.0%)
89 – John Carlson – 47 of 56 (83.9%)

- With 16 plays with 2+ tight ends on Sunday, the Seahawks pushed their season total usage of 2-TE sets to 28.3% (45/159), which is about what can be expected from a Jeremy Bates' offense.
- Baker was the single tight end in seven plays out of "21" personnel. Seattle ran the ball 5 times for 35 yards (including Forsett's 28-yard run) on those plays.
- Carlson lined up three times in the backfield (all in "11" personnel) and was lined up wide or "flexed" off the line of scrimmage on 11 plays, usually in the left slot.
- Running backs Forsett (9) and Washington (1) were split wide on ten plays, emptying the backfield behind Hasselbeck .
- Williams (14) and Tate (12) split the reps in "11" personnel, with Tate gaining five snaps while Williams had his left shoulder checked out. - Tate's 30 snaps were nearly twice what he had against the Denver Broncos in Week 2 (16)
- Obomanu picked up a pair of snaps in four-receiver packages while Williams was sidelined.

Defensive Personnel Groupings

Seattle's defense was on the field for 78 official snaps against the Chargers on Sunday. Below is a breakdown of how the coaching staff used personnel groupings and each player's individual snap counts.

"Base" (4 DL, 3 LBs, 4 DBs) personnel was used on 48 plays (30 passes, 18 runs)
"Nickel" (4 DL, 2 LBs, 5 DBs) personnel was used on 8 plays (7 passes, 1 run)
"Dime" (4 DL, 1 LB, 6 DBs) personnel was used on 19 plays (17 passes, 2 runs)
"3 DL, 2 LBs, 6 DBs" personnel were used on 1 play (pass)
"5 DL, 3 LBs, 3 DBs" personnel were used on 2 plays (2 passes)

Defensive Line Snap Count

21 – Kelly Jennings – 76 of 78 (97.4%)
23 – Marcus Trufant – 33 of 78 (42.3%)
27 – Jordan Babineaux – 30 of 78 (38.5%)
28 – Walter Thurmond – 37 of 78 (47.4%)
29 – Earl Thomas – 78 of 78 (100.0%)
31 – Kam Chancellor – 1 of 78 (1.3%)
34 – Roy Lewis – 20 of 78 (25.6%)
36 – Lawyer Milloy – 77 of 78 (98.7%)
51 – Lofa Tatupu – 78 of 78 (100.0%)
54 – Will Herring – 42 of 78 (53.8%)
57 – David Hawthorne - 50 of 78 (64.1%)
58 – Dexter Davis – 18 of 78 (23.1%)
59 – Aaron Curry – 23 of 78 (29.5%)
79 – Red Bryant – 45 of 78 (57.7%)
90 – Colin Cole – 47 of 78 (60.3%)
91 – Chris Clemons – 58 of 78 (74.4%)
92 – Brandon Mebane – 33 of 78 (42.3%)
94 – Junior Siavii – 24 of 78 (30.8%)
95 – Kentwan Balmer – 35 of 78 (44.9%)
98 – Raheem Brock – 46 of 78 (59.0%)

- Trufant was injured on the third defensive play of the 2nd half and would not return.
- Milloy appeared to suffer a leg cramp following a 2nd-and-8 play in the 4th quarter. San Diego was running a hurry-up offense, which meant he had to stay on the field the subsequent 25-yard pass to Malcolm Floyd. Chancellor came on to replace Milloy, and Philip Rivers clocked the ball. Milloy returned on the following play, and rushed the quarterback in each of the game's final three plays.
- Curry was injured rushing the passer on a 2nd-and-10 play in 2nd quarter. Herring replaced Curry as the strong-side linebacker in base defense, with Davis and Brock replacing Curry as a defensive end in dime personnel.
- In addition to playing the "5" technique, Bryant saw time at defensive tackle in nickel and dime packages after Mebane left the game.
- Cole also saw playing time at defensive tackle in nickel and dime packages.
- Clemons dropped into coverage on 5 zone blitzes, which did not fool Rivers, who completed all 5 passes for 109 yards.
- Siavii played both tackle spots in 22 base personnel snaps, pairing with Mebane, Cole, and Balmer.
- Balmer saw time at "5" technique end and "3" technique tackle in base packages, and as a tackle in nickel and dime packages.
- Brock played defensive end in base ("Leo"), nickel, and dime packages, and also played tackle in nickel and dime packages.

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, 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.

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