Seahawks Personnel Review: Game 5

Seahawks Personnel Review: Game 5

Reviewing how the Seattle Seahawks used their offensive and defensive personnel on Sunday, which featured the debut of running back Marshawn Lynch (left) and "Beast Mode"

Offense Personnel Groupings

Including kneel-downs, the Seahawks ran a season-high 71 offensive plays on Sunday.

"11" (1RB, 3WR, 1TE) was used on 27 plays (19 passes, 8 runs)
"12" (1RB, 2WR, 2TE) was used on 14 plays (6 passes, 8 runs)
"21" (2RB, 2WR, 1TE) was used on 13 plays (7 passes, 6 runs)
"22" (2RB, 1WR, 2TE) was used on 12 plays (4 passes, 8 runs)
"10" (1RB, 4WR) was used on 2 plays (2 passes)
"20" (2RB, 3WR) was used on 2 plays (2 passes)
"23" (2RB, 3 TE) was used on 1 play (run)

- Excluding the three kneel-downs, Seattle used 2+ tight ends on 24 of their 68 (35.2%) offensive plays on Sunday.
- Lynch was on the field for 21 of the 25 plays featuring two-back sets (excluding kneel-downs).
- Running out of "12" personnel, Lynch had six carries for 29 yards. On 11 carries with Robinson in front of him, Lynch gained 15 yards.
- Seattle ran a "Wildcat" play out of "21" personnel, with Robinson taking a direct snap and handing off to Lynch for no gain.
- Forsett, Stokley, and Carlson were in on each play out of "11" personnel.
- Seattle's 34 minutes and 23 seconds in time of possession on Sunday was over 7 minutes longer than their previous season-high of 27:15 against San Francisco in Week One.

Matt Hasselbeck Passing (by personnel grouping)

"11" (1RB, 3WR, 1TE): 15-of-19 (78.9%) for 147 yards and a touchdown (116.4 passer rating)
"21" (2RB, 2WR, 1TE): 3-of-7 (42.9%) for 50 yards (67.6 passer rating)
"12" (1RB, 2WR, 2TE): 3-of-6 (50.0%) for 29 yards (63.9 passer rating)
"22" (2RB, 1WR, 2TE): 3-of-4 (75.0%) for 16 yards (81.3 passer rating)
"10" (1RB, 4WR): 0-of-2 (0.0%) (39.6 passer rating)
"20" (2RB, 3WR): 1-of-2 (50.0%) for 0 yards (56.3 passer rating)

Offensive Line Snap Count

The Seahawks used two offensive line combinations on Sunday.

76 – Russell Okung – 71 of 71 (100.0%) at left tackle
50 – Ben Hamilton – 67 of 71 (94.4%) at left guard
64 – Mike Gibson – 4 of 71 (5.6%) at left guard
65 – Chris Spencer – 71 of 71 (100.0%) at center
77 – Stacy Andrews – 71 of 71 (100.0%) at right guard
75 – Sean Locklear – 71 of 71 (100.0%) at right tackle

- Gibson opened the second half at left guard.
- On 40 pass plays, Okung was beaten by Matt Toeania on a stunt leading to an early throw/incomplete pass. Okung was matched up with Julius Peppers on 22 plays, including 19 where he was on an island. Okung wasn't perfect, losing leverage and getting pushed back or tossed aside on several plays, but aside from the incomplete pass and an uncredited assisted tackle by his man, Okung kept Bears defenders off the stat sheet on Sunday.
- Seattle's five biggest runs—runs of 10+ yards and the 1-yard TD run—were run behind the left side of the offensive line.

Offensive Skill Position Snap Count

8 – Matt Hasselbeck – 71 of 71 (100.0%)
20 – Justin Forsett – 39 of 71 (54.9%)
24 – Marshawn Lynch – 32 of 71 (45.1%)
26 – Michael Robinson – 26 of 71 (36.6%)
33 – Leon Washington – 2 of 71 (2.8%)
11 – Deon Butler – 52 of 71 (73.2%)
15 – Brandon Stokley – 31 of 71 (43.7%)
17 – Mike Williams – 49 of 71 (69.0%)
81 – Golden Tate – 16 of 71 (22.5%)
87 – Ben Obomanu – 13 of 71 (18.3%)
86 – Chris Baker – 28 of 71 (39.4%)
88 – Cameron Morrah – 1 of 71 (1.4%)
89 – John Carlson – 66 of 71 (93.0%)

Defensive Personnel Groupings

Chicago ran 59 plays on Sunday, against which:

"Base" (4DL, 3LB, 4DB) was used on 13 plays (6 passes, 7 runs)
"Nickel" (4DL, 2LB, 5DB) was used on 31 plays (26 passes, 5 runs)
"Dime" (4DL, 1LB, 6DB) was used on 2 plays (2 runs)
"3-2-6" (3DL, 2LB, 6DB) was used on 1 play (1 pass)
"3-1-7" (3DL, 1LB, 7DB) was used on 12 plays (12 passes)

- Seattle's base defense limited the Bears to 27 yards on six rushing attempts. 24 of those yards came on the 4th-and-1 play in the 4th quarter. A seventh running play, Jay Cutler's coverage scramble, gained 14 yards.
- With seven defensive backs on the field, Cutler was 3-of-8 for 39 yards and sacked four times for -29 yards.

Defensive Player Snap Count

21 – Kelly Jennings – 10 of 59 (16.9%)
23 – Marcus Trufant – 59 of 59 (100.0%)
27 – Jordan Babineaux – 28 of 59 (47.5%)
28 – Walter Thurmond – 47 of 59 (79.7%)
29 – Earl Thomas – 59 of 59 (100.0%)
31 – Kam Chancellor – 12 of 59 (20.3%)
34 – Roy Lewis – 35 of 59 (59.3%)
36 – Lawyer Milloy – 59 of 59 (100.0%)
51 – Lofa Tatupu – 59 of 59 (100.0%)
54 – Will Herring – 31 of 59 (52.5%)
57 – David Hawthorne - 13 of 59 (22.0%)
59 – Aaron Curry – 19 of 59 (32.2%)
79 – Red Bryant – 28 of 59 (47.5%)
90 – Colin Cole – 32 of 59 (54.2%)
91 – Chris Clemons – 46 of 59 (78.0%)
93 – Craig Terrill – 41 of 59 (69.5%)
94 – Junior Siavii – 10 of 59 (16.9%)
95 – Kentwan Balmer – 19 of 59 (32.2%)
98 – Raheem Brock – 37 of 59 (62.7%)

- Jennings injured his right hamstring blocking on a punt return in the first quarter and did not return.
- Babineux picked up two snaps as a bigger corner in base personnel.
- Fourth-round pick Thurmond replaced Jennings in base personnel and outside corner in nickel and the various dime packages. Thurmond's 47 snaps were a season high, doubling the 44 snaps he had played in Weeks 1 through 4.
- Chancellor's 12 snaps all came in Seattle's 7-defensive back package.
- Lewis and Babineaux alternated as the nickel cornerback, depending on Chicago's personnel packgae.
- Herring continues to be Seattle's nickel linebacker alongside Tatupu.
- In his first action of the season, Terrill led all interior linemen in playing time. His snap count was boosted by playing the nose in Seattle's three-man fronts, a role he's played extensively in recent seasons.

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