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2011 Seattle Seahawks Red Zone Offense..Inside the numbers

EDITORS NOTE: Comprehensive 2011 Red Zone Offensive tendencies from MatchUps Zone contributor @StarvingScout. Enjoy Seahawks fans, I know I did. Great work!

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@StarvingScout:

I watched and charted every 2011 Seattle Seahawks Offensive snap in the Red Zone. Below is a

quick breakdown of what I saw by personnel grouping. Disclaimer: I’m an amateur, it was a lot of data,
and I had a small screen so definitely factor in a slight margin of error.

Favorite Play

The Outside Zone Run (or tackle zone) is the Seahawks favorite play by far. It should be
assumed going forward that the Outside Zone is the primary running play in each of the subsequent
personnel groupings. They will run it with a lead blocking Fullback (out of 21, 22, or 23 personnel) or out
of Single-Back sets (in 11 and 12 personnel). Lynch is good at turning this play into a big gain.

11 (Kings) Personnel : 43 Plays (Run-16, Pass-27)

Personnel philosophy Outside/Inside Zone Runs, Vertical Concepts, Primary Target:X Vertical
Formation tendencies 50% of the time they will be in a Trips Set of some type.

50% of the time it will be a Shotgun formation.

5 times they lined up in a Trips Speed formation

All sprint outs look like they are coming out of Kings Gun Trips Near.

11 (Kings) Alternate Y Line-up Locations

Y Off-4 Times

Y Crack-4 Times

Y Wide-4 Times

11 (Kings) Types of Motion with Play in parenthesis

F3 (Bubble)

W-Yoyo (Inside Zone)

W-Deep (F Wheel)

Y (Zone Run, Slant)

Y-Yoyo (Inside Zone)

11 (Kings) Personnel Red Zone Pass Targets

F-Wheel, Screen

W-Slant (lined up wide in Trips sets the other two WRs lined up inside of him run clear out
vertical routes), comeback, bubbles.

X-Fade, vertical

Y-Out, slant, seam

Z- Hitch, curl, bubble

12 (Ace) Personnel 21 Plays (Run-11, Pass-10)
Personnel Philosophy-Horizontal and Three-Level (Flood) Concepts, Zone Runs with U as a
lead/trap blocker, Primary Target(s): Crossing Routes (To both X and U)

12 (Ace) Formation tendencies

The QB is always under center in Ace sets.

50% of the time it is a Trips set

38 % of the time both Tight Ends are lined up next to each other (Wing and Trump).

They don’t line up either Tight End wide in Ace.

12 (Ace) Types of Motion with play in parenthesis:

F2 (U Out)

F3 (U Cross)

U (Zone run)

X (Inside zone)

X behind Z (Flood)

Y-Deep (F Swing)

Y-Yoyo (X Cross)

Z (Z cross, inside run)

12 (Ace) Personnel Red Zone Pass Targets

F-Swing, flare

U-Cross, out

X-Cross, post

Y-Post

Z-Curl

21 (Regular) Personnel 20 Plays (Run-15, Pass-5)
Personnel Philosophy-Run First, Inside/Outside Zone Runs, Quick Concept and Play Action
Passes, Primary Target(s): Short passes to Z and H

21 (Regular) Formation tendencies

The QB is under Center 100% of the time

100% of the time it is an I Formation (3 times Off-set I Far)

They don’t split any Running Backs or the Tight End wide.

They will line Lynch up at both H and F.

When Lynch is lined up at F

They will either hand it to Lynch or fake it to him and pitch to H Washington

33% of the time WR in Flip Alignment

21 (Regular) Types of Motion with Play in parenthesis

Y (Zone run)

Z (Delay screen to Z)

21 (Regular) Personnel Red Zone Pass Targets

H-Wheel (to field)

Z-Screens, flag

22 (Tens) Personnel

13 Plays (Run-9, Pass-4)

22 (Tens) Personnel Philosophy-Run First, Outside/Inside Zone Runs, both H and F touch the ball equally

22 (Tens) Formation tendencies

100% of the time it is an I Formation

Both TE aligned to same side (Heavy) 5 times

Y lined up wide one play

Won’t hesitate to run the same Short Yardage play 2 or even 3 times in a row

22 (Tens) Types of Motion with Play in parenthesis

F Off (PA Pass)

U (Z Sluggo, Zone Run)

U Out (U Slant)

22 (Tens) Personnel Red Zone Pass Targets

U-Slant

Z-Sluggo

23 (Jacks) Personnel 2 Plays (Run-1, Pass-1)

This is a short-yardage grouping both plays were run with 1 and 3 yards to gain respectively.
One play was Jacks I Right lead dive with a Tackle eligible. The other play was Jacks I Left pass to FB in
flat.

0? (Spread) Personnel 11 Plays (Run-0, Pass-11)
Personnel groupings that fell under this category had no RB in the backfield but on some plays I
could not make out exactly if there were Tight Ends in the formation or not. So in theory they could be
00, 01, 02, 03, personnel but they’ve all been grouped together under this (0?) Category.

0? (Spread) Personnel Philosophy-Vertical/Horizontal Concepts, Intermediate and Deeper Routes,
Primary Target:W

0? (Spread) Types of Motion with Play in Parenthesis-

Z Deep (Z Wheel)

0? (Spread) Personnel Red Zone Pass Targets

U-Out (away from Trips set)

W-Post, trips slant, screen

X-Post, Vertical

Y-Out

Z-Flag, Wheel

Concluding Thoughts and Notes

Kings Personnel is the Seahawks preferred personnel grouping by a wide margin. (It is also their
preferred personnel grouping on all 3rd down plays regardless of field position but I’ll get to 3rd down
plays on another report). They will try and take some vertical shots to the Y just outside of the Red
Zone. They like to throw Bubbles to the 3-WR Side of formations. Sometimes they will manufacture
that 3-WR side by using F3 motion (1 target) or by lining the F out wide (1 target). Late in the season
there was a noticeable trend to target the motion man.

I know that Russell Wilson is starting at QB now so the play calling could change to suit his
strengths. However, NFL Offenses don’t change much from season to season when the same Offensive
Coordinator is in place. Therefore, it would be safe to assume that Darell Bevell’s Red Zone Offense in
2012 will look quite similar to the one detailed in this report. The difference in the 2012 version will
have more to do with whatever Russell Wilson does within plays (favorite targets, throws, or launch
points, etc). I believe that Russell Wilson’s skill-set and leadership will make the Seahawks Red Zone
Offense more effective than it has been before under Darell Bevell. Last but not least, none of this
matters if you don’t tackle Marshawn Lynch. Good luck with that.

Tweet me your criticism, feedback, or suggestions for other Advance Scouting Reports to
@StarvingScout.

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Seahawks Preseason Game 3: Offensive Data Stats for Nerds

Okay Seahawks fans,

Here’s a quick look at some of the offensive trends for the Seahawks game 3 performance in Kansas City. If you guys like the data make sure to comment! I’ll do one of these for all regular season games as well as show seasonal trends if the community has a desire for the info.

 

 

 

NOTE: There will be a ton of more useful passing route data once ALL22 is released for regular season. This will allow for passing concept trends..

TOTAL GAME PASSING ZONE % (Russell Wilson)
Deep Right: 22.2%
Deep Middle: 7.4%
Deep Left: 11.1%
Mid Right: 7.4%
Mid Middle: 11.1%
Mid Left: 0.0%
Flat Right: 11.1%
Check Down: 0.0%
Flat Left: 14.8%

Offense QB Pass Drop Ranking Report for Entire Game
Rank  Drop    #Plays     %Plays      
1.        3 Step     16           59.3
2.        PA             6           22.2
3.        5 Step       3           11.1
4.        0 Step       1            3.7
5.        Roll           1            3.7

Personnel Ranking Report for 1st Down & (10 – 10) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.               11                   9               39.1
2.               21                   6               26.1
3.               12                   5               21.7
4.               22                   2                 8.7
5.               10                   1                 4.3

Personnel Ranking Report for 2nd Down & (7 – 10+) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.             11                       5              62.5
2.             12                       2              25.0
3.              21                      1              12.5

Personnel Ranking Report for 2nd Down & (3 – 6) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.             21                       2              50.0
2.             11                       1              25.0
3.             12                       1              25.0

Personnel Ranking Report for 2nd Down & (1 – 2) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.                  12                   1              33.3
2.                  21                   1              33.3
3.                  22                   1              33.3

Personnel Ranking Report for 3rd Down & (7 – 10+) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.                  11                    5             83.3
2.                  21                    1             16.7

Personnel Ranking Report for 3rd Down & (3 – 6) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.                   02                    1            50.0
2.                   10                    1            50.0

Personnel Ranking Report for 3rd Down & (1 – 2) Yards

Rank     Personnel     #Plays     %Plays
1.                   21                   1            100

Game: Offense Formations Ranking Report for Entire Game

Rank     Formation Name     % of Plays    Run %    Avg. Run(yds)    Pass %        Avg. Pass(yds)    
1.                Spread                      23.5            25.0            5.0                     75.0                  10.0
2.            Gun Spread                  17.6            11.1            2.0                     88.9                  12.4
3.          Ace 2TE Bunch               9.8             60.0            3.7                     40.0                  18.5
4.                  Pro I                           7.8             50.0            1.5                     50.0                  24.0
5.             Pro I Twins                    7.8             50.0             5.0                    50.0                   -3.0
6.                  Ace                            7.8             75.0             8.3                    25.0                     1.0
7.            Field Goal                       7.8
8.           Pro I Weak                       5.9          100.0            12.7                    0.0                       0.0
9.           Pro Heavy 2TE B            5.9          100.0              3.7                    0.0                       0.0
10.        Gun Spread Trips            2.0               0.0              0.0                100.0                    11.0
11.           Pro I Strong                    2.0              0.0               0.0                100.0                    25.0
12.          Empty 2TE                      2.0              0.0                0.0                100.0                    -2.0

Runs Ranking Report for Russell Wilson led drives:

Rank      Run Name      #Runs      % Runs      % to Str      Avg(yds)      % Away       Avg(yds)
1.            Inside Zone        13              65.0             61.5            5.6               38.5               7.0
2.            Outside Zone       3              15.0              66.7           5.0                33.3               8.0
3.                 Power               2              10.0            100.0         15.5                  0.0               0.0
4.                  Dive                 1                 5.0            100.0           3.0                  0.0               0.0
5.                 Draw                 1                 5.0                0.0            0.0             100.0               0.0

Browns Scouting Part 1. Passing game target focus

The Browns have been dealing with some inconsistency issues on offense this season. Colt McCoy isn’t the only problem with this team, but a 55% completion rate will not get it done for a team that is struggling mightily to run the ball.

I took a look the Brown’s games this year (thank you NFL.com Game rewind) and also the game data provided in the NFL game-book and discovered some interesting things.

For part 1 of our scouting, let’s take a look at where McCoy likes to go with the ball, and who his main targets are.

This first chart shows how all passes have been distributed throughout the season to date. Obvious from the data, McCoy likes the short middle of the field.

Here is the breakdown of where Colt McCoy and the Brown’s like to utilize and target their receivers. Also in the next chart you will see who Colt’s favorite targets have been so far this year.

As is customary with most west coast offenses, the use of slant’s, hitches, curls, drags, digs, and screens are going to be a big part of the attack. It’s interesting that the Brown’s receivers are used the majority of time in the short middle of the field. All receivers except Joshua Cribbs that is. I was surprised when I looked at the games, and read the gamebook data, that a man with his talents wouldn’t be targeted inside or deep (only three passes have been thrown to him deep this year). Instead 48% of his targeted routes were located to the short left side of the field. I will say though, that I noticed several plays where Cribbs had leverage on his defender and McCoy just didn’t see him in time.

So overall, just a quick snapshot to give a feel for the Brown’s passing attack. Short, short, and more short. LB’s get ready.

In part 2 I’ll take a look at the Brown’s struggling running game.

The Final Matchup week 5: The New York Giants

The Seahawks make another long trip back to the East Coast (1:00 EST, Metlife Stadium) in what could be a disaster, or great kick-start to the second quarter of the Season.

After reviewing the film, stats, and various sites (profootballfocus.com, Footballoutsiders.com, NFL.com, ESPN.com) There are a few areas I think the Seahawks can exploit to squeeze out a much-needed victory on the road.

Here are the match ups the Seahawks will need to take advantage of on Sunday:

When the Seahawks have the ball:

We have not been running the ball with much patience to start the year. I have a feeling the run blocking has suffered because of the limited practice time allowed by NFL rules, and the focus on shoring up protection issues. I’m really hoping that Darrell Bevell allows the Line to fire out and pop this Giant’s D line. They are not the wall that some people assume. Their strength lies in the pass rush. Allowing our line to get aggressive instead of always retreating into pass protection can give the men up front the ability to gel, and it also allows our running backs to develop a trust in their lane vision. Right now, for Lynch and company, it’s just hit the landmark, and hope. No vision, no successful cutbacks, just full speed into a murky sight picture. We must improve, by forcing the issue a little more. It’s the only way.

C Max Unger and Pat McQuistan vs DT Chris Canty

So far this season Max Unger has been the highlight on the offensive line. He has played the most consistent football, and has been solid in both the run game and in pass protection. LG Pat McQuistan has come in and actually played very solid in Robert Gallery’s place. He has been abused a few times, but overall more individual play wins then losses. If the Great Giant D line has a weakness, its at the Nose Tackle position. Chris Canty has played solid, but not great football, and at 6 ft 7 inches, he tends to play a little high and can lose leverage. Look for the Seahawks to try to focus on moving him on run plays.

Slot WR Doug Baldwin Vs Slot CB Brian Williams.

This might be the biggest mismatch on paper. We’ve all seen how Baldwin has started this season, and it seems the sky’s the limit for him. Brian Williams is a 4th round pick from 2002, and has struggled mightily all season in coverage. With Mike Williams concussion, look for Baldwin’s 67% snap count to increase by a large margin. This is bad news for a corner with a 104.2 QB rating when he’s targeted.

When the Giant’s have the Ball:

Eli Manning is playing great football this year. The turnovers are down and the impact plays are up (8 TDs, 2 INTs). One of the very interesting graphics I read on profootballfocus.com was this:

Eli Manning under pressure:

Pressure
Drop-backs
Runs
Att.
Com.
Com. %
Yds
Yds / Att.
TD
INT
Sk
NFL QB Rating
Pff.com Rating
No pressure
91
1
90
60
66.7
765
8.5
5
2
0
102.3
7.0
Plays under pressure
46
0
35
20
57.1
301
8.6
3
0
11
114.1
4.5
When not blitzed
74
0
68
45
66.2
535
7.9
2
0
6
99.8
6.0
When blitzed
63
1
57
35
61.4
531
9.3
6
2
5
112.5
5.5
All Plays
137
1
125
80
64.0
1066
8.5
8
2
11
105.6
11.5

It’s very interesting to see that when teams bring pressure, Manning is more dangerous. Credit the Giant’s offensive scheme and receivers to all read the Hot and attack the blitz. Very curious to see if the Seahawks can scheme some forced hots, and dictate where to throw the ball to possibly force some turnovers.

DT Brandon Mebane and DT Alan Branch Vs LG David Diehl and replacement Center Kevin Booth (RT)

With starting center David Baas out, and LG David Diehl struggling, the Giants could be in a world of hurt in the middle of their line. Look for the Seahawks to continue to move our tackles from the 1 tech to 3 tech position to exploit this. To me this could be a serious pivot point to the game. If the Seahawks don’t win this battle, Ahmad Bradshaw could have a huge day rushing the ball. Huge.

Overall I see way more mismatches tipping against us in this game.
For example:

WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Victor Cruz, Brandon Stokley vs CB Brandon Browner, CB Marcus Trufant (questionable with back issue), CB Walter Thurmond III. Definite win for Giants here at least on paper.

DE’s Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul vs LT Russell Okung and RT James Carpenter. Nothing needs to be said. All we can hope for here is that Tarvaris Jackson can get the ball off quickly to assist them in protection.

Final thoughts:

The Giant’s aren’t a super team, they are just better than we are at this stage. Anytime you put on the pads you have a chance, and the Giant’s have weaknesses we can exploit. But our well known history with east coast road games is a huge factor here. The Seahawks have an enormous mountain to climb on Sunday, but I’ll say this: This game, if won, could start a landslide of victories, that may not stop for at least 3 games. In the anemic NFC West, that could mean a real shot at the playoffs. Fingers crossed.

The Final Match Up: Week 1 Seahawks vs 49ers

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 6: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks over the defensive formation during their NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Week one of the regular season is finally upon us. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I couldn’t be happier to see the 2011 Seahawks. You know, the real Seahawks, and not the bizarre and somewhat disappointing pre season version. It’s going to be great to see an actual game plan for once.

Each week we will go deep into the film and bring you the KEY match ups that may impact the game in the biggest way. It may be as obvious as the QB, it may be the second string outside linebacker, and it may even be a D lineman in passing situations. It all depends on what we feel a coaching staff may try to exploit on game day.

So let’s begin:

1.  LT Joe Staley and LG Mike Iupati vs DE Chris Clemons and DT Brandon Mebane. 

This is the look the Seahawks have to be a little nervous about. Never really understood just how impressive Mike Iupati was until I watched him closely on every play. He is extremely aggressive in his approach to the position. He can sometimes play a little high, but he is so incredibly strong that it usually doesn’t matter. He consistently throws DT’s around like rag dolls and will finish off blocks. He’s quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with at the guard position.

Mike Iupati does not appreciate Defensive Lineman

Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane, depending on alignment, will have his hands full. Mebane excels at penetration, and his ability to take on blockers to squeeze plays is well documented. He will have to be on his game for this success to continue against Mike Iupati.

Left tackle Joe Staley is another player that our defensive line will have to deal with. While he does not display the raw power that Iupati does, he shows great duck, fit and finish in his drive blocks. Chris Clemons will have a lot of trouble handling him on running downs. Look for the 49ers to run against the weak-side as much as possible. There are 2 reason’s Frank Gore is a household name, and one of them is the play of the offensive line.

2.  Flex or TE combination routes against the 49ers underneath zones.

The Seahawks use of multi TE sets and Slot receiver crossing routes can be an issue for the underneath coverage of the 49ers linebackers.  Patrick Willis is an amazing all world talent, but after the departure of Takeo Spikes, he is left as the lone elite player in the LB corps. Navarro Bowman has been promoted to take the spot vacated by Spikes, but has yet to play up to the required level so far this pre season. One thing I witnessed in a few different games was the ease at which underneath combination routes confused Bowman and Parys Haralson. Below is just one example of routes in question:

As you can see, the 49ers matched the Texans 3 wide, TE flex formation with a nickel alignment. Carlos Rodgers was left to cover the rub combination alone after Navarro Bowman dropped too deep into coverage and failed to recognize the routes developing in his zone. This made for a very easy pitch and catch. Patrick Willis can only do so much, and the fact that the Seahawks love to utilize similar formations to isolate the weak-side in coverage, bodes well for a couple nice completions. One has to think this will be something Darrell Bevell could look to exploit on Sunday.

3. Tarvaris Jackson vs the 49ers front 7.  

When the Seahawks named Tarvaris Jackson the starter at QB the first thing I pictured was him on the move. Boots, waggles, half rolls, and sprint outs, all with the goal to vary his launch point and take advantage of his athleticism.  When you add in the size of our receivers, you can see why I was very excited to see if this would work. While we all know everything starts upfront with pass protection, I feel like this approach would aid the line, and keep the 49ers from attacking the same landmark over and over.

This play turned into a great first down, but more importantly it showed another chink in the front seven’s aggressive style. Vic Fangio loves to blitz, and blitz, and blitz. If we can set up Tarvaris Jackson with a balanced attack, this could mean big things in the passing game.

After all of this pre-season scouting, I’ll admit this will be the hardest week to predict, considering the change in coaching staffs, lack of established team tendencies, and the vanilla styles employed. So just sit back, grab your beverage of choice, and enjoy the start of the 2011 Seahawk Season..

The Pre Season Wrap Up: Scouting the Projected Offensive Starters

Team Captain Tarvaris Jackson at the controls.

A few days ago the Match Ups Zone took a hard look at the defensive side of the ball going into the 2011 Season. Now it’s time to switch gears and take a look at our offense. All opinions are based off film study (broadcast only) of past seasons, and this years pre-season performances.  So let’s get started with the hottest issue going into the season: The Offensive line.

OFFENSIVE LINE QUICK NOTES: The Seahawks are going into the 2011 with more question marks on the offensive line than they would like. They have invested both draft picks and a ton of money in this group with the hopes to make this the highlight of the offense for years to come. Without a proper off-season , the teamwork, communication, and play have struggled severely in all but one pre-season game. During 2011 you can anticipate dramatic ups and downs from quarter to quarter, half to half, and game to game. Brock Huard shares his thoughts on the offensive line below (skip to 30 seconds in).

GROUP STRENGTH: RUN BLOCKING

GROUP WEAKNESS: PASS BLOCKING

NOTABLE DEPTH: Tyler Polumbus, Paul McQuistan, Jarriel King, Breno Giacomini, Lemuel Jeanpierre

#76 LT Russell Okung 6’5, 310 LBS 2 YRS (OKLAHOMA STATE) BIAS: ALL AROUND LT, POTENTIAL ELITE PLAYER. Russell Okung has the potential to be a key fixture in the Seattle Offense. He has all you ask for in an elite left tackle. Size, arm length, strength, body control, and quick feet to name a few. He is great at keeping low in blocks and his slide steps and reach  let him easily manipulate rushers to maintain pocket integrity. He shows nice pop in his blocks, and is able to move to the second level in the run game. His only real issue has been ankle injuries that have plagued him early in his career. He could be great, but he needs to be on the field to realize that potential.

#72 Robert Gallery LG 6’7, 325 LBS 8YRS (IOWA) BIAS: RUN BLOCKING  Robert Gallery was signed this year in free agency, and is the third former Raider to join the Seahawks. He’s Tom Cable’s kind of lineman. He’s large, powerful, and excels in the run game. From what I’ve seen this pre-season, he’s very adept at pulling and either sealing or kicking out defenders.  He’s more than adequate in pass protection and can manipulate rushers well. He’s got a bit of a nasty streak which I personally prefer in lineman, and will be looked to by our very young offensive line as a mentor and leader.

#60 Max Unger C 6’5 305LBS 3YRS (OREGON)BIAS: ALL AROUND LINEMAN  Max Unger is a very versatile lineman. He originally started out as a guard and moved to the center position. Injuries in 2010 did not allow him to develop as much as the Seahawks would like, but he will get his chance in 2011. He’s not a bruiser but is he has the ability to gain leverage with low pad height, using proper footwork, and hand fit to manipulate defenders.

#74 John Moffitt, RG 6’4, 319LBS ROOKIE (WISCONSIN) BIAS: RUN BLOCKING   John Moffitt is another rookie added to this very young line. So far this pre-season he has not shown very quick feet, or the ability to manipulate rushers very well with consistency. This may be due to the limited reps in the shortened off-season, and his need for some technique improvements that come with coaching.  He’s got all the tools, so this should come with game reps, and better understanding of Tom Cable’s blocking scheme.

#75 James Carpenter, RT 6’5 321LBS ROOKIE (ALABAMA) BIAS: RUN BLOCKING   James Carpenter was considered quite the reach by the Seahawks when they selected him in the 1st round. Projected as a guard by some scouts, the former left tackle at Alabama has been moved to the right tackle position. This transition has been very difficult so far, and like Moffit, the lack of a proper off-season has hampered his readiness for the upcoming season. He’s a very large and powerful man, but he relies on this power more than utilizing proper knee bend, footwork, and hand fit. He consistently plays with a high pad level and struggles with edge rushers due to slow footwork. He is very vulnerable to set up moves, and can be bull rushed by much smaller players. Not sure what the Seahawks have with Carpenter long term, but his early struggles do not mean he is a bust. He will need a full season at right tackle before we can give him a grade of any kind.

QB QUICK NOTES:  Tarvaris Jackson was somewhat of a surprise pick up in free agency this year. While the connection to Darrell Bevell exists, I’m not sure many Seahawk fans were prepared for the departure of Matt Hasselbeck in favor of Jackson. The immediate promotion to the starting QB position without competition Charlie Whitehurst was also a bit of a head scratching moment for Seahawk loyalists. This pre-season has not given fans a real positive feel for Tarvaris Jackson due to protection issues and a myriad of other issues, so one can only trust in Pete Carroll’s judgement here.

STRENGTH: ARM STRENGTH, SPEED/AGILITY

WEAKNESS: ACCURACY, DECISION MAKING

NOTABLE DEPTH: Charlie Whitehurst, Josh Portis

#7 Tarvaris Jackson QB 6’2 225 LBS 6 Yrs  (ALABAMA STATE) BIAS: ATHLETICISM   Tarvaris Jackson is a very tough and gifted athlete at the QB position. He is not a prototypical pocket passer but can be successful from there with protection. He has a very strong arm, and has shown he can throw with different releases. He is very good at sensing pressure, and has the speed and quickness to evade the pocket. He has a tendency to hold the ball too long and will stare down his primary receiver. He has nice touch on passes when outside of the pocket, and has the arm strength to throw deep on the run. Accuracy is an issue at times, and seemingly more so in pressure moments. Ultimately his success will be based off the running game, and Darrell Bevell’s ability to utilize his skill set better than he did in Minnesota.

Here’s a quick video of what he’s capable of:

RB QUICK NOTES: This year more than ever, the Seahawks will need to run the ball effectively in order to keep our defense off the field. I do not anticipate our offense scoring more than a touchdown or two a weekend in the early part of the season so it will be imperative that the offense sustain drives at least.  Marshawn Lynch leads this pack of RBs and will look to build off the Beast Mode run in last years playoff victory against the Saints. The 12th Man hopes there is plenty more where that came from.

In case you’d like to watch the run again.. here it is:

NOTABLE DEPTH: Leon Washington, Justin Forsett

GROUP STRENGTH: POWER, RECEIVING, SPEED

GROUP WEAKNESS: PASS PROTECTION,

#24 Marshawn Lynch RB, 5’11 215LBS 5yrs (CALIFORNIA) BIAS: POWERBACK  BeastMode…Ask the Saints about Marshawn Lynch. He can be so devastating that a team as good as the Saints will devote an entire free agency strategy to not letting that kind of abuse happen again. He is more comfortable with running between the tackles, and shows great burst once he gets to the second level. He runs low and strong, and can be a nightmare for 2nd and 3rd level defenders.He has decent vision to identify the proper lane to attack, and sets up blocks well.  He has not shown much consistency in his career and will need to improve in that area now that he is the featured back in Seattle.

#26 Michael Robinson HB 6’1, 223LBS, 6 YRS (PENN STATE) BIAS: VERSATILITY Robinson is a very important piece to the success of the Seahawks offense. He is not a prototypical short necked FullBack who will blow you up in the running game, but he is a sound blocker who will utilize good technique and pad level. He is adequate in pass protection against LB’s but will struggle matched up on an end (as all RB’s tend to do). A former QB and RB he can give an offense a nice little weapon out of the backfield.

RECEIVER QUICK NOTES: This is the best position group on the offense in my opinion. It is also the group most dependent on the play of everyone else to have sustained success. Sidney Rice and Mike Williams highlight a very deep and diverse group of receivers who all bring something special to the game.

GROUP STRENGTH: SIZE, PLAYMAKING ABILITY

GROUP WEAKNESS: ROUTE RUNNING, SEPARATION FROM DEFENDERS

NOTABLE DEPTH: Ben Obamanu, Kris Durham, Doug Baldwin

#18 Sidney Rice WR 6’4 202LBS 5 YRS (SOUTH CAROLINA)BIAS: SPEED/PLAYMAKER  Sidney Rice on paper should be one of the best receivers in the game. In fact, while playing with Brett Favre in Minnesota, he was. But if you look at what he did before and after the Pro-Bowl year with Favre it makes you wonder. He has all the tools you look for in an elite receiver. Athleticism, height, Speed, Agility, length, hands, you name it. He can stretch defenses vertically using his speed, or beat defenders with solid route running and great body positioning and hands. He is a nightmare in the red-zone due to his ability to go up and get the tough jump ball over hapless defenders. Really looking forward to seeing what he can bring to this Seattle offense in 2011.

#17 Mike Williams WR 6’5, 235LBS 5 YRS (USC)BIAS: POSESSION RECEIVER/PLAYMAKER  It’s funny how most people laughed off the Mike Williams signing as just a camp body, who had no chance to make the 53 man squad. I can understand where it came from though. Mike Williams was a 1st round pick of the Lions in 2005 and was not ready to play at the NFL level. He was labeled everything from fat, slow, to lazy. It just goes to show you that sometimes a little maturity and the experience of almost losing everything you thought you should have, can motivate a person. Mike Williams is a very large and powerful receiver. His size makes one on one match ups very difficult for smaller defenders. His ability to make the tough catch in traffic combined with his size and length make him a QB dream when you need a 3rd down conversion or more importantly a red zone score. His only downside is his lack of ideal WR speed. He’s not slow by any stretch, but he will not beat you on a 9 route, and has difficulty separating from defenders.

#81 Golden Tate Slot Reciever 5’10, 202LBS 2Yrs (NOTRE DAME)BIAS: PLAYMAKER Golden Tate has been a frustration to many fans since arriving in Seattle. Highly touted as the play-maker the Seahawks desperately needed, this ability has yet to materialize with any kind of consistency. Strictly from a skill set standpoint he’s fast, quick in and out of breaks, and has shown the will to battle defenders in the air for the ball. He does not play fast, and will lose focus from time to time. His biggest asset is his overall athleticism, but the mental side of the game can tend to negate that advantage. On the bright side, his performance against the Raiders in the Seahawks 4th Pre-season game has given many a snapshot of the impact playmaker he can become. From returning, to outstanding plays from the slot and split end position, this may have been the game he needed to kick off a break out season. Only time will tell.

TIGHT END QUICK NOTES: With the Free Agency addition of Zach Miller and the already succesful John Carlson,  the Seahawks were set to have a nice duo of play-making tight ends. That was before John Carlson went on IR prior to the 4th pre-season game. The good news is, the Tight position had the best pre-season overall, and it really didn’t seem to matter who suited up. They all contributed.

GROUP STRENGTH: SIZE, PLAYMAKING ABILITY

GROUP WEAKNESS: ROUTE RUNNING, SEPARATION FROM DEFENDERS

NOTABLE DEPTH: DOMINIQUE BYRD

#86 Zach Miller TE 6’5 255LBS, 5 YRS (ARIZONA STATE) BIAS: ALL AROUND ELITE TE I’ll admit, I’m still a little shocked we were able to steal the Raiders best, and honestly only receiver over the past few seasons.  Zach Miller is an elite Tight End and can carry an offense on his back (see also:Raiders passing attack). He can dominate with routes over the middle, and even pressure the secondary with speed to get deep down the seam or sideline (as seen in the video below). He’s an above average run blocker, and will work hard to finish blocks. Overall I couldn’t be happier about this addition.

#85 Anthony McCoy TE 6’5 259LBS 2Yrs (USC) BIAS: RECEIVING TE Anthony McCoy has made some very nice strides in his overall development into an NFL TE. He is a much better receiver than blocker at this point in his career. He has nice hands, and is a decent route runner for his position. He has the ability to make the tough catch and is most suited to shorter routes. So far this year the Seahawks have utilized him in a lot of play action crossing routes. Blocking has been another issue. He’s not poor, but he lacks the proper pad level and will not finish off blocks. Will struggle in pass protection against bigger defenders.

So there you have it. A pretty long winded scouting report from the Match Ups Zone team. I see a lot of potential in our young and very raw offensive squad because the tools are there. Hopefully they can put it all together and shock the NFL with yet another playoff run.

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