Seahawks Defensive Participation Report

Brian McIntyre of Seahawks.NET reports on how the Seattle Seahawks used their defensive personnel in 2008.

On 89.2% of the 1058 official plays the Seahawks defense logged in 2008, they were in either a Base (4-3), Nickel (4-2-5) or Dime (4-1-6) package. On obvious passing downs, the Seahawks would bring in a 6th or 7th defensive back (7th DB was always Kevin Hobbs).

In short-yardage and goal-line situations, Seattle would employ a 5-3-3 package with 6-2, 295-pound Craig Terrill as nose tackle.

Group

Pass

Run

Total

Pass %

Run %

Base (4-3)

237

330

567

41.8%

58.2%

Nickel (4-2)

143

71

214

66.8%

33.2%

Dime (4-1)

143

20

163

87.7%

12.3%

3*2*6

41

8

49

83.7%

16.3%

3*1*7

4

1

5

80.0%

20.0%

3*3*5

24

2

26

92.3%

7.7%

5*3*3

6

24

30

20.0%

80.0%

3*2*5

1

0

1

100.0%

0.0%

2*2*6

1

0

1

100.0%

0.0%

2*3*5

0

1

1

0.0%

100.0%

Total

601*

457

1058

56.8%

43.2%

*-Includes pass play on fake field-goal vs. Buffalo

Yes, on a few occasions, the Seahawks had only ten players on the field.

The 2-3-5 play came at home against Arizona. The Seahawks were missing a defensive end and gave up a 12-yard run on the play.

Both the 3-2-5 and 2-2-6 plays came at home against New England. A defensive end was missing on the 2-2-6 play, and the Seahawks gave up a 25-yard pass on a WR screen to Wes Welker that set-up a touchdown and two-point conversion. A cornerback was missing on the 3-2-5 play, but Josh Wilson and Brian Russell combined to hold Kevin Faulk for no gain on a short pass play.

Defensive Participation Report

Here's a look at the total number of each plays each Seattle Seahawks defensive player was involved in, along with the percentage of the team's total defensive plays that represents.

Player

Total

Poss.

Poss. %

25-B.Russell

1057

1058

99.9%

24-D.Grant

1048

1058

99.1%

98-J.Peterson

1032

1058

97.5%

23-M.Trufant

1017

1058

96.1%

51-L.Tatupu

866

1058

81.9%

26-J.Wilson

842

1058

79.6%

55-D.Tapp

686

1058

64.8%

56-L.Hill

638

1058

60.3%

95-L.Jackson

627

1058

59.3%

99-R.Bernard

607

1058

57.4%

92-B.Mebane

590

1058

55.8%

21-K.Jennings

519

1058

49.1%

93-C.Terrill

459

1058

43.4%

27-J.Babineaux

370

1058

35.0%

97-P.Kerney

363

1058

34.3%

58-D.Lewis

277

1058

26.2%

94-H.Green

222

1058

21.0%

91-B.Atkins

219

1058

20.7%

79-R.Bryant

73

1058

6.9%

54-W.Herring

64

1058

6.0%

32-K.Hobbs

32

1058

3.0%

52-J.Babin

15

1058

1.4%

39-C.Wallace

1*

1058

0.1%

90-B.Miller

1

1058

0.1%

36-J.Adams

0

1058

0.0%

50-L.Laury

0

1058

0.0%

59-D.Hawthorne

0

1058

0.0%

*-Play came on the fake field goal vs. Buffalo.

Lawrence Jackson: Defensive End or Defensive Tackle?

During his final press conference as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Mike Holmgren was asked about Lawrence Jackson's rookie season. His response was that the team needed to evaluate what his best position is and let him play there.

Below is a game-by-game look at where Lawrence Jackson lined up. If the final six weeks are any indication, the Seahawks may have already made that determination.

95-L.Jackson

DT

DE

Total

at Buffalo

14

22

36

vs. San Francisco

21

29

50

vs. St. Louis

9

29

38

at NY Giants

11

39

50

vs. Green Bay

10

30

40

at Tampa Bay

0

29

29

at San Francisco

25

17

42

vs. Philadelphia

12

29

41

at Miami

11

42

53

vs. Arizona

16

28

44

vs. Washington

0

40

40

at Dallas

0

35

35

vs. New England

0

28

28

at St. Louis

0

33

33

vs. NY Jets

0

32

32

at Arizona

0

35

35

Total

129

497

627

 

The other Seahawks defender who logged considerable playing time at a position other than the one he's listed for was Julian Peterson.

In nickel and dime packages, Peterson usually rushed the passer from the defensive end spot and four of his five sacks came as a defensive end.

98-J.Peterson

DE

LB

Total

at Buffalo

17

44

61

vs. San Francisco

24

38

62

vs. St. Louis

16

38

54

at NY Giants

11

51

62

vs. Green Bay

15

50

65

at Tampa Bay

7

68

75

at San Francisco

38

35

73

vs. Philadelphia

24

48

72

at Miami

11

54

65

vs. Arizona

41

29

70

vs. Washington

28

35

63

at Dallas

13

44

57

vs. New England

21

51

72

at St. Louis

11

53

64

vs. NY Jets

8

51

59

at Arizona

19

39

58

Total

304

728

1032

Blitz Data

Seattle's opponents ran 601 pass plays in 2008, and Seattle blitzed (sent more than 4 pass rushers) on 232 (38.6%) of those plays. How did the opposing quarterbacks do against the Seahawks' blitz?

Rushers

Comp-Att.

Yards

TD-INT-Sack

Rating

4 or less

239-347 (68.9%)

2538

16-5-22

99.3

5+

127-219 (58.0%)

1806

9-4-13

90.8

6+

38-67

624

2-1-4

91.8

 

 

Brian McIntyre lives in the Boston area. In addition to writing for Seahawks.Net, Brian maintains his own blog (www.macsfootballblog.com) and charts games for Football Outsiders. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you may do so here.

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