Seahawks Personnel Review: Game 6

Seahawks Personnel Review: Game 6

Reviewing how the Seattle Seahawks used their offensive and defensive personnel during Sunday's 22-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals

Seahawks Personnel Usage – Game 6

Offensive Personnel Grouping Usage

Excluding penalties, and including the kneel-down at the end of the first half, the Seattle Seahawks ran 79 offensive plays on Sunday, a season-high and the most since a 35-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on October 29, 2006.

Below is the number of offensive snaps each personnel grouping was used on Sunday, with the pass-to-run ratio in parentheses:

"01" (4WR, 1TE) was used on 1 passing play
"11" (1RB, 3WR, 1TE) was used on 30 plays (23 passes, 7 runs)
"12" (1RB, 2WR, 2TE) was used on 32 plays (12 passes, 20 runs)
"13" (1RB, 1WR, 3TE) was used on 1 passing play
"21" (2RB, 2WR, 1TE) was used on 8 plays (3 passes, 5 runs)
"22" (2RB, 1WR, 2TE) was used on 5 plays (2 passes, 3 runs)
"23" (2RB, 3 TE) was used on 2 plays (1 pass, 1 run)

Matt Hasselbeck Passing (By Personnel Grouping)

"01": 0-1; 39.6 rating
"11": 13-20, 151 yards, 3 sacks (-15 yards); 87.7 rating
"12": 4-11, 29 yards, 1 sack (-11 yards); 44.9 rating
"13": 0-1; 39.6 rating
"21": 2-3, 10 yards; 71.5 rating
"22": 1-1, 2 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack (-8 yards); 118.8 rating
"23": 0-1; 39.6 rating

-On the season, Hasselbeck continues to excel when Seattle throws out of "11" personnel, completing 63-of-96 pass attempts (65.6%) for 651 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for a passer rating of 86.8.
-On pass plays out of "21" or "12", Hasselbeck is 37-of-71 (52.1%) for 458 yards and 4 interceptions, resulting in a 48.9 passer rating.

Offensive Line Snap Count

The Seahawks used two offensive line combinations on Sunday.

76 – Russell Okung – 9 of 79 (11.4%) at left tackle
78 – Tyler Polumbus – 70 of 79 (88.6%) at left tackle
50 – Ben Hamilton – 79 of 79 (100.0%) at left guard
65 – Chris Spencer – 79 of 79 (100.0%) at center
77 – Stacy Andrews – 79 of 79 (100.0%) at right guard
75 – Sean Locklear – 79 of 79 (100.0%) at right tackle

- Okung left the game with a sprained left ankle after nine official snaps and was replaced by Polumbus.
- The Polumbus-Hamilton-Spencer-Andrews-Locklear line combo has been together for 219 of Seattle's 373 offensive snaps this season. (58.7%)
- Locklear was penalized three times for 35 yards. His two holding penalties negated two Marshawn Lynch runs that gained 39 yards, and Locklear was beaten for a pair of quarterback sacks, including the strip-sack of Hasselbeck in the first quarter.

Skill Position Snap Counts

8 – Matt Hasselbeck – 79 of 79 (100.0%)
20 – Justin Forsett – 27 of 79 (34.2%)
24 – Marshawn Lynch – 50 of 79 (63.3%)
26 – Michael Robinson – 15 of 79 (19.0%)
33 – Leon Washington – 1 of 79 (1.3%)
11 – Deon Butler – 65 of 79 (87.3%)
15 – Brandon Stokley – 12 of 79 (15.2%)
17 – Mike Williams – 69 of 79 (87.3%)
81 – Golden Tate – 2 of 79 (2.5%)
87 – Ben Obomanu – 32 of 79 (40.5%)
86 – Chris Baker – 38 of 79 (48.1%)
88 – Cameron Morrah – 5 of 79 (6.3%)
89 – John Carlson – 79 of 79 (100.0%)

- Forsett was the lone running back in 20 of the 30 snaps run out of "11" personnel, which the Seahawks used on 17 of their 21 third-down attempts.
- Washington's one snap came in "11" personnel on the third play of the game.
- Robinson (knee) did not appear on offense in the second half. Tight end John Carlson motion to fullback to provide Lynch with a lead blocker on two runs that gained 10 yards.
- Butler's 65 snaps were a season and career-high, topping the 52 snaps from Week 6.
- Stokley missed most of the second half with an undisclosed injury. His last appearance was at the 12:06 mark of the 3rd quarter.
- Obomanu logged a season-high 32 snaps, with 28 coming after the break. Frequently lined up in the slot in "11" personnel after Stokley exited the game, Obomanu lined up opposite Mike Williams (7) or Deon Butler (3) in "12" personnel for the final 10 offensive plays of the game.
- Tate appeared on just two snaps, motioning to the backfield on a handoff to Lynch in the first half, and on Seattle's lone play with 4-WR on the field, was targeted on a quick slant near the goal-line that was broken up by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the 4th quarter.
- 23 of Baker's 38 snaps came in the second half.
- Morrah's 5 offensive snaps were all in the first half. Contrary to the broadcast, Morrah was not the tight end who failed to come up with a pass 25 yards down the seam. That was Baker.
- Carlson appeared in all of Seattle's offensive plays for the first time in his career.

Defensive Personnel Groupings

Seattle's defense was on the field for a season-low 55 plays on Sunday, against which:

"Base" (4DL, 3LB, 4DB) was used on 29 plays (10 passes, 19 runs)
"Nickel" (4DL, 2LB, 5DB) was used on 3 plays (2 passes, 1 run)
"Dime" (4DL, 1LB, 6DB) was used on 5 passing plays
"3-1-7" (3DL, 1LB, 7DB) was used on 17 passing plays
"5-3-3" (5DL, 3LB, 3DB) was used on 1 pass play

- Arizona's running backs gained 111 yards on 19 attempts (5.8 ypc) with a touchdown against the Seahawks' base defense. The Cardinals were the first team to run for 90+ yards against the Seahawks this season. Seattle's run defense is still ranked 2nd in the NFL, which they'll maintain provided the Dallas Cowboys accumulate more than -15 rushing yards tonight against the 7th-ranked New York Giants run defense.
- Seattle's short-yardage front consisted of (from left-to-right): Red Bryant, Junior Siavii, Colin Cole at the nose, Craig Terrill, and Kentwan Balmer.
- Against Seattle's seven-defensive back alignment, Cardinals quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Max Hall were 6-16 for 57 yards (48.2 rating) with one sack for -9 yards.
- Seattle's front four in "Dime" personnel were Chris Clemons, Raheem Brock, Craig Terrill, and Aaron Curry, who rushed from an inside position on three of the five plays. On one play, Curry crashes into Cardinals right tackle Brandon Keith, which allowed Brock to go untouched at Hall for a quarterback sack in the second quarter. Cardinals were 0-4 with a 9-yard loss on a quarterback sack against Seattle's dime defense.
- Terrill was the nose tackle in 16 of the 17 snaps with a three-man front, with Balmer stepping for one snap in the 4th quarter.
- Thomas' interception came while the ‘Hawks were in nickel defense.

Defensive Player Snap Count

23 – Marcus Trufant – 55 of 55 (100.0%)
27 – Jordan Babineaux – 25 of 55 (45.5%)
28 – Walter Thurmond – 54 of 55 (98.2%)
29 – Earl Thomas – 55 of 55 (100.0%)
31 – Kam Chancellor – 17 of 55 (30.9%)
34 – Roy Lewis – 23 of 55 (41.8%)
36 – Lawyer Milloy – 54 of 55 (98.2%)
51 – Lofa Tatupu – 55 of 55 (100.0%)
54 – Will Herring – 3 of 55 (5.5%)
57 – David Hawthorne - 30 of 55 (54.5%)
59 – Aaron Curry – 35 of 55 (63.6%)
79 – Red Bryant – 33 of 55 (60.0%)
90 – Colin Cole – 28 of 55 (50.9%)
91 – Chris Clemons – 46 of 55 (83.6%)
93 – Craig Terrill – 33 of 55 (60.0%)
94 – Junior Siavii – 8 of 55 (14.5%)
95 – Kentwan Balmer – 21 of 55 (38.2%)
98 – Raheem Brock – 30 of 55 (54.5%)

- Trufant logged a 100% playing-time percentage for the third straight week.
- Babineaux's snaps came in nickel, dime, the seven defensive back package, as well as one of three defensive backs in their short-yardage package.
- Thurmond's 54 snaps were the most in his young career thus far.
- Thomas and Tatupu continue to be the defense's ironmen this season.
- Chancellor's 17 snaps doubled his season total to 34.
- Milloy was not part of the team's short-yardage package.
- Hawthorne's snaps were either in base or short-yardage personnel.
- Curry saw time at linebacker (30), defensive end (2), and defensive tackle (3).
- In addition to 29 snaps as a base defensive end, Bryant played end in nickel and short-yardage packages.
- Despite playing just 28 snaps, his second-lowest total on the season, Cole lead the Seahawks with seven tackles.
- Clemons' strip-sack came when Seattle had seven defensive backs on the field. Clemons and Brock were the ends in that three-man front for all 17 plays on Sunday.
- 10 of Terrill's 33 snaps came as the "3" technique tackle in base defense.
- 6 of Siavii's 8 snaps came on base defense.
- 17 of Balmer's 21 snaps came as the "3" technique tackle in base defense.

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