Seahawks 2009 Snap Counts: DL

Defensive end Darryl Tapp and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, seen here sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in a Week 11 loss, had the second- and third-most playing time among Seahawks' defensive linemen in 2009.

Total Defensive Line Snap Counts

Player

Snaps

Total

P/T %

55-D.Tapp

667

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65.1%

79-R.Bryant

107

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10.4%

90-C.Cole

571

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55.8%

91-M.Bennett

0

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0.0%

92-B.Mebane

633

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61.8%

93-C.Terrill

376

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36.7%

94-C.Redding

434

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42.4%

95-L.Jackson

481

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47.0%

97-P.Kerney

674

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65.8%

98-N.Reed

165

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16.1%

99-D.Walker

0

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0.0%

Defensive Line Snap Counts, by Defensive Formation

"Base" (4-3)

The Seahawks used a "Base" defense on 546 plays in 2009.

DE

Snaps

Total

P/T %

97-P.Kerney

319

546

58.4%

55-D.Tapp

294

546

53.8%

95-L.Jackson

282

546

51.6%

94-C.Redding

117

546

21.4%

98-N.Reed

80

546

14.7%

The top three defensive end pairings in 2009 were Patrick Kerney-Lawrence Jackson (134, 24.5%), Kerney-Darryl Tapp (133, 24.4%), and Jackson-Tapp (98, 17.9%).

DT

Snaps

Total

P/T %

90-C.Cole

423

546

77.5%

92-B.Mebane

351

546

64.3%

93-C.Terrill

181

546

33.2%

79-R.Bryant

73

546

13.4%

94-C.Redding

61

546

11.2%

95-L.Jackson

3

546

0.5%

The top two defensive tackle pairings were Colin Cole-Brandon Mebane (279, 51.1%) and Cole-Craig Terrill (99, 18.1%).

"Nickel" (4-2-5)

The Seahawks used a "Nickel" defense on 251 plays in 2009.

DE

Snaps

Total

P/T %

55-D.Tapp

181

251

72.1%

97-P.Kerney

177

251

70.5%

95-L.Jackson

79

251

31.5%

98-N.Reed

54

251

21.5%

94-C.Redding

11

251

4.4%

Kerney-Tapp were paired together on 122 (48.6%) of all nickel snaps in 2009.

DT

Snaps

Total

P/T %

92-B.Mebane

169

251

67.3%

94-C.Redding

115

251

45.8%

90-C.Cole

82

251

32.7%

93-C.Terrill

80

251

31.9%

95-L.Jackson

44

251

17.5%

79-R.Bryant

7

251

2.8%

55-D.Tapp

5

251

2.0%

Corey Redding-Mebane (56, 22.3%) and Cole-Mebane (53, 21.1%) were the top two tackle pairings in nickel situations.

"Dime" (4-1-6)

The Seahawks used a "Dime" defense on 130 plays in 2009.

DE

Snaps

Total

P/T %

97-P.Kerney

110

130

84.6%

55-D.Tapp

108

130

83.1%

98-N.Reed

26

130

20.0%

95-L.Jackson

16

130

12.3%

Kerney-Tapp were paired together for 93 (71.5%) of the 130 plays run out of dime personnel.

DT

Snaps

Total

P/T %

94-C.Redding

71

130

54.6%

93-C.Terrill

63

130

48.5%

92-B.Mebane

56

130

43.1%

95-L.Jackson

49

130

37.7%

90-C.Cole

16

130

12.3%

79-R.Bryant

5

130

3.8%

Terrill-Redding (29, 22.3%) and Jackson-Redding (21, 16.2%) were the most prominent tackle pairings in dime.

"5-3-3"

Used in short-yardage situations, the Seahawks used a "5-3-3" defense on 53 plays in 2009.

DE

Snaps

Total

P/T %

94-C.Redding

44

53

83.0%

55-D.Tapp

43

53

81.1%

97-P.Kerney

15

53

28.3%

95-L.Jackson

4

53

7.5%

Redding-Tapp were the most frequent defensive end pairing (34, 64.2%) in this alignment.

DT

Snaps

Total

P/T %

92-B.Mebane

47

53

88.7%

93-C.Terrill

31

53

58.5%

79-R.Bryant

22

53

41.5%

94-C.Redding

3

53

5.7%

95-L.Jackson

3

53

5.7%

Terrill-Mebane (28, 52.8%) were often the defensive tackles in this 5-man front.

NT

Snaps

Total

P/T %

90-C.Cole

50

53

94.3%

93-C.Terrill

3

53

5.7%

Cole played the nose in the first 50 plays, but didn't finish the regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans, so Terrill stepped in.

"3-2-6"

The Seahawks used a "3-2-6" defensive alignment on 34 plays in 2009.

DE

Snaps

Total

P/T %

97-P.Kerney

33

34

97.1%

55-D.Tapp

28

34

82.4%

98-N.Reed

6

34

17.6%

95-L.Jackson

1

34

2.9%

Tapp-Kerney were in on 28 of 34 (82.4%) of plays in this pass defense.

NT

Snaps

Total

P/T %

Terrill

16

34

47.1%

Redding

12

34

35.3%

Mebane

6

34

17.6%

"Miscellaneous Info"

Seattle ran 9 plays out of "3-1-7" look, mostly against the Arizona Cardinals. Kerney was in on all of the plays, with Tapp book-ending him on 8 of the plays. Jackson played the other, and Mebane (3), Redding (4), and Terrill (2) played the nose.

Seattle also ran one play, in the season-opener against the St. Louis Rams, from a "3-3-5" nickel variation. Kerney and Tapp played end, with Mebane at the nose.  


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