Personnel Files: Seahawks at the Quarter Mark

One of the items I looked at during the preseason was how the Seahawks used their personnel. I thought this was a good tool to project how the 53-man roster would be shaped, and planned on taking a periodic look at the Seahawks' personnel usage during the regular season. Below is a review of how the Seahawks used their personnel through the season's first four games

OFFENSE

Personnel Groupings

To get started, here are the personnel groupings used in the Seahawks' West Coast Offense, along with their names.   

RB-WR-TE

Name

1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE

Zebra

2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE

Regular

2 RB, 3 WR

E

1 RB, 2 WR, 2 TE

Tiger

2 RB, 1 WR, 2 TE

U

1 RB, 4 WR

Eagle

2 RB, 3 TE

Y

Seahawks Offensive Pass/Run Ratio by Personnel Grouping

Name

Pass

Run

Total

Pass %

Run %

Zebra
(1-3-1)

45

22

67

67.2%

32.8%

Regular
(2-2-1)

40

38

78

51.3%

48.7%

   E
(2-3-0)

24

36

60

40.0%

60.0%

Tiger
(1-2-2)

13

12

25

52.0%

48.0%

   U
(2-1-2)

2

8

10

25.0%

80.0%

Eagle
(1-4-0)

9

4

13

0.0%

0.0%

   Y
(2-0-3)

0

3

3

0.0%

100.0%

Total

133

123

256

52.0%

48.0%

 

Seahawks Skill-Position Players Snaps by Personnel Groupings

Below is a list of how many times each skill-position player (RB, WR, TE) has been used by personnel grouping. For spatial reasons, this has been divided into three segments.

Player

Regular

Zebra

E

20-M.Morris

5

4

8

22-J.Jones

52

42

46

35-O.Schmitt

9

0

5

42-T.Duckett

18

2

4

43-L.Weaver

72

18

57

13-K.Colbert

32

16

16

15-S.Wallace

0

0

0

16-M.Bumpus

2

35

29

17-B.McMullen

55

42

42

18-K.Robinson

0

0

0

19-L.Payne

4

25

15

81-N.Burleson

6

17

14

82-J.Kent

8

7

5

83-D.Branch

5

4

10

84-B.Engram

2

8

14

86-C.Taylor

42

47

35

75-S.Locklear

0

0

0

85-W.Heller

13

0

0

88-J.Putzier

0

11

0

89-J.Carlson

65

56

0

Skill Position Count Cont'd

Player

Tiger

U

20-M.Morris

0

0

22-J.Jones

22

3

35-O.Schmitt

0

2

42-T.Duckett

1

7

43-L.Weaver

2

8

13-K.Colbert

5

5

15-S.Wallace

0

0

16-M.Bumpus

1

0

17-B.McMullen

17

2

18-K.Robinson

0

0

19-L.Payne

0

0

81-N.Burleson

4

0

82-J.Kent

4

0

83-D.Branch

2

0

84-B.Engram

1

0

86-C.Taylor

16

3

75-S.Locklear

0

0

85-W.Heller

22

10

88-J.Putzier

4

2

89-J.Carlson

24

8

Skill Position Count Cont'd

Player

Eagle

Y

Total

20-M.Morris

2

0

19

22-J.Jones

6

0

171

35-O.Schmitt

0

0

16

42-T.Duckett

1

3

36

43-L.Weaver

4

3

164

13-K.Colbert

8

0

82

15-S.Wallace

1

0

1

16-M.Bumpus

4

0

71

17-B.McMullen

9

0

167

18-K.Robinson

0

0

0

19-L.Payne

5

0

49

81-N.Burleson

3

0

44

82-J.Kent

4

0

28

83-D.Branch

5

0

26

84-B.Engram

8

0

33

86-C.Taylor

5

0

148

75-S.Locklear

0

3

3

85-W.Heller

0

3

48

88-J.Putzier

0

0

17

89-J.Carlson

0

3

156

Notes: Sean Locklear was used as a tight end in the "Y" grouping (2 RBs, 0 WRs, 3 TEs) against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3.

Seahawks Offensive Player-by-Player Snaps and Snap %

Through four games, the Seahawks have run 256 offensive plays. Here's a look at how many snaps each player has logged on offense, as well as the percentage of overall offensive plays they've been involved in.  

Player

Snaps

Total Plays

Snap %

5-C.Frye

0

256

0.0%

8-M.Hasselbeck

241

256

94.1%

13-K.Colbert

82

256

32.0%

15-S.Wallace

16

256

6.3%

16-M.Bumpus

71

256

27.7%

17-B.McMullen

167

256

65.2%

18-K.Robinson

0

256

0.0%

19-L.Payne

49

256

19.1%

20-M.Morris

19

256

7.4%

22-J.Jones

171

256

66.8%

35-O.Schmitt

16

256

6.3%

42-T.Duckett

36

256

14.1%

43-L.Weaver

164

256

64.1%

65-C.Spencer

256

256

100.0%

66-M.Wrotto

0

256

0.0%

67-R.Sims

67

256

26.2%

68-M.Wahle

256

256

100.0%

69-S.Vallos

7

256

2.7%

71-W.Jones

253

256

98.8%

74-R.Willis

211

256

82.4%

75-S.Locklear

57

256

22.3%

77-F.Womack

176

256

68.8%

81-N.Burleson

44

256

17.2%

82-J.Kent

28

256

10.9%

83-D.Branch

26

256

10.2%

84-B.Engram

33

256

12.9%

85-W.Heller

48

256

18.8%

86-C.Taylor

148

256

57.8%

88-J.Putzier

17

256

6.6%

89-J.Carlson

156

256

60.9%

 In the Slot

16 different Seahawks have lined up as a wide receiver. Below is a look at the total number of plays each receiver has lined up in the slot as a wide receiver.

Player

Slot

Total

%

15-S.Wallace

1

1

100.0%

16-M.Bumpus

68

71

95.8%

84-B.Engram

31

33

93.9%

19-L.Payne

39

49

79.6%

89-J.Carlson

7

13

53.8%

88-J.Putzier

2

4

50.0%

81-N.Burleson

13

44

29.5%

22-J.Jones

1

8

12.5%

13-K.Colbert

9

82

11.0%

86-C.Taylor

10

148

6.8%

82-J.Kent

2

39

5.1%

17-B.McMullen

7

167

4.2%

20-M.Morris

0

3

0.0%

43-L.Weaver

0

3

0.0%

83-D.Branch

0

26

0.0%

85-W.Heller

0

2

0.0%

Notes: For the tight ends, I counted them as a wide receiver when they've lined up closer to the numbers than to the offensive line. Seattle does use bunch formations where the tight end is in a two point stance and appears to be a wide receiver. In these cases, due to how closely he is lined up to the tackle, I still counted him as a tight end.

  DEFENSE

Seahawks Defensive Pass/Run Ratio by Formation

Package

Run

Pass

Total

Run%

Pass%

Base (4-3)

91

61

152

59.9%

40.1%

Nickel (4-2-5)

13

44

57

22.8%

77.2%

Dime (4-1-6)

1

12

13

7.7%

92.3%

3*1*7

0

2

2

0.0%

100.0%

3*2*6

1

4

5

20.0%

80.0%

3*3*5

1

7

8

12.5%

87.5%

5*3*3

5

0

5

100.0%

0.0%

Total

112

130

243

46.1%

53.5%

Notes: I'm sure you've noticed that 112 and 130 do not add up to 243. That's because one defensive play was the fake field goal by the Buffalo Bills in Week One.

Seahawks Defensive Player-by-Player Snaps and Snap %

Player

Snaps

Total Plays

Snap %

21-K.Jennings

143

243

58.8%

23-M.Trufant

240

243

98.8%

24-D.Grant

242

243

99.6%

25-B.Russell

243

243

100.0%

26-J.Wilson

147

243

60.5%

27-J.Babineaux

51

243

21.0%

32-K.Hobbs

6

243

2.5%

39-C.Wallace

0

243

0.0%

50-L.Laury

0

243

0.0%

51-L.Tatupu

239

243

98.4%

52-J.Babin

15

243

6.2%

55-D.Tapp

86

243

35.4%

56-L.Hill

221

243

90.9%

58-D.Lewis

5

243

2.1%

59-D.Hawthorne

0

243

0.0%

79-R.Bryant

18

243

7.4%

91-B.Atkins

0

243

0.0%

92-B.Mebane

109

243

44.9%

93-C.Terrill

116

243

47.7%

94-H.Green

66

243

27.2%

95-L.Jackson

175

243

72.0%

97-P.Kerney

195

243

80.2%

98-J.Peterson

239

243

98.4%

99-R.Bernard

110

243

45.3%

Blitz Data

One other item I've been tracking this season was how often Seattle's defense has blitzed, and how often Seattle's offense has been blitzed upon. To qualify as a blitz, I'm looking specifically at the number of times 4+ rushers are employed.

Offense

Seattle's offense has attempted 133 passes. Opponents have blitzed on 47 of those 133 plays. Here's a game-by-game breakdown:

Opp.

Pass Plays

> 4 rushers

Blitz %

at Buffalo

46

18

39.1%

vs. SF

37

10

27.0%

vs. STL

21

9

42.9%

at NYG

29

10

34.5%

Total

133

47

35.3%

When the opponent blitzes, Seahawks quarterbacks have been sacked 5 times for a loss of 31 yards. When not sacked, Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace are 18-42 for 181 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions, for a passer rating of 43.8.

Defense

Not counting the fake field goal in Buffalo, Seahawks opponents have attempted 129 passes. Seattle's defense has blitzed on 34 of those 129 attempts. Here's a game-by-game breakdown of that data:

Opp

Pass Plays

>4 rushers

Blitz %

at Buffalo

31

4

12.9%

vs. SF

40

15

37.5%

vs. STL

31

4

12.9%

at NYG

27

11

40.7%

Total

129

34

26.4%

The Seahawks have sacked opposing quarterbacks 5 times for a loss of 31 yards. When they haven't gotten home, opposing quarterbacks are 21-29 for 326 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, for a passer rating of 109.2.

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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