Seahawks 2009 Snap Counts: LBs

Hamstring and pectoral injuries to Lofa Tatupu opened the door for Seahawks second-year linebacker David Hawthorne to lead Seattle linebackers in playing time in 2009.

Total Linebackers Snap Counts

Player

Snaps

Total

P/T %

50-L.Laury

1

1024

0.1%

51-L.Tatupu

193

1024

18.8%

52-D.Lewis

0

1024

0.0%

54-W.Herring

323

1024

31.5%

56-L.Hill

472

1024

46.1%

57-D.Hawthorne

831

1024

81.2%

59-A.Curry

688

1024

67.2%

Linebackers Snap Counts, by Defensive Formation

"Base" (4-3)

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

LBs

Snaps

Total

P/T %

59-A.Curry

445

546

81.5%

57-D.Hawthorne

443

546

81.1%

56-L.Hill

350

546

64.1%

54-W.Herring

297

546

54.4%

51-L.Tatupu

103

546

18.9%

Leroy Hill, David Hawthorne, and Aaron Curry played 241 (44.1%) of the base snaps in 2009, the most among any trio. Seattle's top linebackers headed into the regular season, Hill, Curry, and Lofa Tatupu, played eight snaps together in 2009.

"Nickel" (4-2-5)

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

LBs

Snaps

Total

P/T %

59-A.Curry

178

251

70.9%

57-D.Hawthorne

176

251

70.1%

51-L.Tatupu

75

251

29.9%

56-L.Hill

73

251

29.1%

Hawthorne and Curry were paired together for 105 (41.8%) of the nickel snaps last season.

"Dime" (4-1-6)

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

LBs

Snaps

Total

P/T %

57-D.Hawthorne

130

130

100.0%

Seattle began using a "Dime" defense on a weekly basis until Week 9.  119 of the 130 snaps in "Dime" came from weeks 9 through 17. 

"5-3-3"

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

LBs

Snaps

Total

P/T %

57-D.Hawthorne

48

53

90.6%

59-A.Curry

43

53

81.1%

56-L.Hill

37

53

69.8%

54-W.Herring

25

53

47.2%

51-L.Tatupu

5

53

9.4%

50-L.Laury

1

53

1.9%

Hill, Hawthorne, and Curry had the most snaps (27, 50.9%) in this three-linebacker set. Lance Laury's one snap came on the final play of the Seahawks' Week 14 loss to the Houston Texans.

"3-2-6"

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

LBs

Snaps

Total

P/T %

57-D.Hawthorne

24

34

70.6%

59-A.Curry

21

34

61.8%

56-L.Hill

13

34

38.2%

51-L.Tatupu

10

34

29.4%

"Miscellaneous Info"

Seattle ran 9 plays out of "3-1-7" look, and Hawthorne was the linebacker for all of them. On the one "3-3-5" nickel variation used during the season-opener against the St. Louis Rams, Curry, Hawthorne, and Will Herring were the linebackers.  


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