Seahawks Snap Counts: 2009 Game 10

Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net reviews how the Seattle Seahawks used their personnel during Sunday's' 35-9 loss to Sidney Rice (left) and the Minnesota Vikings.

Seahawks Snap Counts

A look at the number of offensive and defensive snaps each Seattle Seahawks player logged during yesterday's 35-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. These snap counts do not include special teams plays, as broadcast limitations make charting those plays difficult. Plays nullified by penalty are not counted, either.

OFFENSE

Offensive Personnel Groupings

Group

Name

Pass

Run

Total

1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE

Zebra

23

6

29

2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE

Regular

3

3

6

2 RB, 3 WR

E

4

2

6

1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE

Tiger

1

1

2

2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE

U

0

1

1

1 RB, 4 WR

Eagle

0

0

0

2 RB, 3 TE

Y

0

0

0

Total

 

31

13

44

The two "Senecat" plays were classified in this manner:

The incomplete pass to Nate Burleson was "Zebra" personnel, with Matt Hasselbeck, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and Burleson forming a "Trips Left" look. Louis Rankin was split wide to the right. Wallace's nine-yard loss was "Tiger" personnel, with Forsett joining Wallace in the backfield, John Carlson and John Owens lined up to the left along with Houshmandzadeh, while Hasselbeck lined up as the lone receiver on the right side.

Offensive Snap Counts

Here's the number of snaps each offensive player on the Seahawks was in for on Sunday, and the percentage of the team's total number of offensive plays that represents.

Player

Plays

Total

%

8-M.Hasselbeck

41

44

93.2%

11-D.Butler

2

44

4.5%

14-M.Teel

0

44

0.0%

15-S.Wallace

5

44

11.4%

20-J.Forsett

41

44

93.2%

22-J.Jones

0

44

0.0%

32-E.James

0

44

0.0%

33-J.Griffith

11

44

25.0%

35-O.Schmitt

1

44

2.3%

40-L.Rankin

4

44

9.1%

60-M.Unger

44

44

100.0%

64-M.Gibson

0

44

0.0%

65-C.Spencer

44

44

100.0%

66-M.Wrotto

0

44

0.0%

67-R.Sims

44

44

100.0%

69-S.Vallos

0

44

0.0%

71-W.Jones

0

44

0.0%

74-R.Willis

44

44

100.0%

75-S.Locklear

44

44

100.0%

77-B.Frye

0

44

0.0%

77-D.McIntosh

0

44

0.0%

78-K.Williams

0

44

0.0%

81-N.Burleson

40

44

90.9%

83-D.Branch

34

44

77.3%

84-T.Houshmandzadeh

44

44

100.0%

86-J.Owens

3

44

6.8%

87-B.Obomanu

0

44

0.0%

88-C.Morrah

0

44

0.0%

89-J.Carlson

38

44

86.4%

DEFENSE

Defensive Formations

Package

Pass

Run

Total

Base

9

17

26

Nickel

19

14

33

Dime

6

4

10

5*3*3

1

1

2

3*2*6

0

1

1

Total

35

37

72

Defensive Snap Counts

Here's the number of snaps each defensive player on the Seahawks was in for on Sunday, and the percentage of the team's total number of defensive plays that represents.

Player

Plays

Total

%

21-K.Jennings

62

72

86.1%

23-M.Trufant

72

72

100.0%

24-D.Grant

72

72

100.0%

25-J.Adams

1

72

1.4%

26-J.Wilson

0

72

0.0%

27-J.Babineaux

72

72

100.0%

28-T.Fisher

0

72

0.0%

31-K.Lucas

25

72

34.7%

34-R.Lewis

0

72

0.0%

36-L.Milloy

37

72

51.4%

50-L.Laury

0

72

0.0%

51-L.Tatupu

0

72

0.0%

52-D.Lewis

0

72

0.0%

54-W.Herring

0

72

0.0%

55-D.Tapp

42

72

58.3%

56-L.Hill

59

72

81.9%

57-D.Hawthorne

72

72

100.0%

59-A.Curry

31

72

43.1%

79-R.Bryant

9

72

12.5%

90-C.Cole

46

72

63.9%

91-M.Bennett

0

72

0.0%

92-B.Mebane

54

72

75.0%

93-C.Terrill

0

72

0.0%

94-C.Redding

42

72

58.3%

95-L.Jackson

36

72

50.0%

97-P.Kerney

39

72

54.2%

98-N.Reed

21

72

29.2%

99-D.Walker

0

72

0.0%

The 72 official defensive snaps from Sunday was a season-high, eclipsing the 71 plays from their first meeting with the Arizona Cardinals.

Aaron Curry's 31 snaps on Sunday was a season-low for the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, while 37 snaps was a season-high for Lawyer Milloy, the 36-year old safety who was the 36th overall pick in 1996.

Heading into the second Arizona game, Curry had logged 465 of 492 snaps (94.5% p/t). In these last two weeks, Curry's playing-time percentage has dropped to 53.4% (75 of 140 snaps), while 60 of Milloy's 98 snaps on the season have come during a two-game road trip where the defense has given up 893 total yards of offense, 66 points, forced zero turnovers, and allowed two quarterbacks with an average age of 39 years to light up the secondary for 553 yards, 6 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 134.9.

This isn't meant to be a shot at Milloy, who I really enjoyed watching during his seven years in New England. It's just that Seattle not only used a Top 5 pick on Curry, they invested $60M (including $34.1 M guaranteed) on him because he's an every-down linebacker with the athleticism and instincts to play just about any role on any defense. Yet, when the Seahawks embarked on this three-game road trip, with the primary objective being to avoid a second straight playoff-less season, the coaching staff voluntarily decided to play Milloy more, and Curry less.

Clearly this particular coaching decision failed to achieve its desired result. Seattle has last two straight and a defense that ranked 14th in total defense and 17th against the pass before kickoff on November 15, ranks 20th overall and 23rd against the pass eight days later.

Perhaps the results would've been the same--or even worse—but it would've been nice to see Curry playing a role other than bystander in the Seahawks' nickel packages. Maybe line Curry, instead of say, Nick Reed, at defensive end and have him rush the passer. Or give him safety help and make Larry Fitzgerald and Sidney Rice beat Curry in press coverage. Sure, he likely would've lost a battle or two, but just using him in an outside-the-box manner may have been enough to disrupt the timing of the Cardinals and Vikings' passing offenses.

Instead, the Seahawks dropped their two most important games of the season with a 254-pound bullet unspent in the chamber.

Other defensive snap count notes:

One week after suffering a concussion, Marcus Trufant matched up exclusively with 6-4, 202-pound Sidney Rice throughout the game, regardless of where Rice was lined up…Second-year safety Jamar Adams logged his first defensive snap in a regular season game as part of a dime package at the end of the 1st half.

Hybrid Moments

Continuing to track where Cory Redding and Lawrence Jackson, the Seahawks' two "hybrids", have lined up this far this season:

Hybrids

DT

DE

Total

94-C.Redding

164

147

311

95-L.Jackson

55

258

313


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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