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Sunday, August 30, 2009
First-half snap counts for Seahawks' offense

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

Seahawks Offensive Player vs. KC
Pos. 1st Qtr. Snaps 2nd Qtr. Snaps Total
Matt Hasselbeck
QB 11 23
Sean Locklear
LT 11
Rob Sims
LG 11
Steve Vallos
C 11
Max Unger
RG 11
Ray Willis RT 11 23 34
Nate Burleson
WR 11 22
John Carlson
TE 9 21
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
WR 11 19 30
Julius Jones
RB 11 17 28
Deion Branch
12 16
John Owens
TE 4 8 12
Justin Griffith
FB 1 8 9
Justin Forsett
RB 0 6 6
Owen Schmitt
FB 3 0 3
Deon Butler
WR 1 1 2
Courtney Taylor WR 0 1 1

So much for featuring Deion Branch in the passing game.

The Seahawks went with heavier personnel early in their exhibition game against the Chiefs, giving as many first-quarter snaps to John Owens, the second tight end, as they gave to Branch.

What does it mean? Not necessarily much. As Dave Wyman noted via Seahawks play-by-play man Steve Raible, Branch is expected to be part of the 53-man roster.

The snaps at fullback seemed telling. Owen Schmitt has been listed as the starter, but veteran Justin Griffith drew three times as many snaps in the first half (9 to 3). That included an 8-0 snaps advantage in the second quarter.

I thought the running game was better with Griffith, although three snaps for Schmitt was hardly enough for definitive analysis.

Also worth noting: Courtney Taylor, not Ben Obomanu, was one of five receivers to work with the starters in the first half. Fourth receiver Deon Butler played only two first-half snaps, a reflection of the Seahawks' run-oriented personnel groupings. That is also how the second tight end, Owens, pulled only four fewer snaps than the third receiver.

Mike Holmgren is no longer running the offense, in other words. This is Greg Knapp's show.