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Personnel report: Seahawks' Forsett earning way

10/16/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

A few things stood out while watching the Seahawks' 41-0 victory over the Jaguars in Week 5. I'll spin some observations forward as the team heads into Week 6:

  • Justin Forsett is earning -- and will get -- more touches in the regular offense. My take three weeks ago was that Forsett, primarily a third-down back to this point, had done enough to start getting touches on earlier downs. Seattle left Forsett alone in the backfield six times in the first quarter against the Jaguars, more than he had in the first quarters of the previous four games. Forsett is challenging to become the best pass-blocking back on the team even though Julius Jones and Edgerrin James are strong in that area. He lacks top-end speed, but he's quick and appears trustworthy in key situations. He did a nice job chipping on his way out of the backfield, helping the left tackle substantially on one play.

  • For the first time in his career, defensive end Darryl Tapp has sustained the momentum he gathered during training camp. He's no longer just a pass-rusher, either. He's making a difference for this defense. Jaguars tackle Eugene Monroe had trouble with him. Even Will Herring is producing as Leroy Hill's injury replacement. Aaron Curry is developing quickly and I think he's elevating the play of those around him, including Lofa Tatupu. More on Curry later in the day. Lawrence Jackson is another young defensive player making significant contributions. It's striking what good defensive coaching can do for a team (particularly when that team is not facing Peyton Manning).

  • Kyle Williams will have problems at left tackle. This isn't his fault. Williams projected as a potential backup right tackle or right guard coming out of USC. He should not be a starting left tackle, but the Seahawks have few choices at this point. The Jaguars pushed back Williams into Matt Hasselbeck's area a couple of times. The Cardinals' Calais Campbell could be a problem for him. Overall, Seattle has weathered injuries to its offensive line better than I would have anticipated. But the bottom line is tough: Seattle will likely start its projected fourth-string left guard (Steve Vallos) and fourth-string left tackle (Williams) in a pivotal division game.

  • Seattle used its "11" personnel package (one back, one tight end) 26 times on first and second downs, seven more times than the team used its base "21" personnel in those situations. Forsett gets most of his playing time in 11 personnel, but Jones is still the primary back when the Seahawks use that grouping on early downs.

  • The Seahawks are starting to use two tight ends even in passing situations as they look for ways to improve pass protection while playing without both starting tackles. On back-to-back plays against the Jaguars, Seattle used one back with two tight ends on second-and-11 and third-and-11, highly unusual (Hasselbeck found Nate Burleson for a 15-yard gain on the third-and-11 play). Against the Colts, the team used 10 snaps with three receivers and two tight ends, a grouping I had never seen Seattle use (the Cardinals used it some last season).

  • The Jaguars were horrible. Rashean Mathis, normally a good corner, almost appeared disinterested. He played two-hand touch instead of tackling on one of Burleson's touchdown plays. Jacksonville's horrible showing was the only thing that should temper Seattle's enthusiasm coming out of this game. If the Seahawks make a statement against Arizona by winning convincingly -- the situation at left tackle provides the greatest obstacle -- enthusiasm will be justified.

For download: Full 2009 Seahawks offensive personnel report with summary information for Week 5 and all games.

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<td width="180" align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >Seahawks Personnel Group vs. Jaguars in Week 5

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<td width="60" align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >Carries</span></strong></td>

<td width="60" align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >Yards Per Carry</span></strong></td>

<td width="60" align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >Pass Attempts</span></strong></td>

<td width="60" align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >Yards Per Attempt</span></strong></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><strong><span >1RB-1TE</span></strong><strong><span >

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >15</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >3.7</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >19</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >8.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >2</span></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><strong><span >2RB-1TE</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >12</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >4.8</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >6</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >11.7</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >2</span></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><strong><span >1RB-2TE</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >3</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >2.3</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >4</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >7.3</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0</span></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><strong><span >2RB-2TE</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >4</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >1.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >1</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0</span></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><strong><span >4WR</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >0</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >1</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >2.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0</span></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><strong><span >3TE</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >0</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span ><span >0</span></span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0.0</span></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#e6e6e6"><span >0</span></td>

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<td align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >Totals</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >34</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >3.6</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >31</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >8.2</span></strong></td>

<td align="center" bgcolor="#000000"><strong><span >4</span></strong></td>

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<em>Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando</em>

A few things stood out while watching the Seahawks' 41-0 victory over the Jaguars in Week 5. I'll spin some observations forward as the team heads into Week 6:

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<li><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11467" target="_new">Justin Forsett</a> is earning -- and will get -- more touches in the regular offense. <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/5755/mailbag-forsetts-role-in-seahawks-offense" target="_blank">My take three weeks ago</a> was that Forsett, primarily a third-down back to this point, had done enough to start getting touches on earlier downs. Seattle left Forsett alone in the backfield six times in the first quarter against the Jaguars, more than he had in the first quarters of the previous four games. Forsett is challenging to become the best pass-blocking back on the team even though <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5568" target="_new">Julius Jones</a> and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1755" target="_new">Edgerrin James</a> are strong in that area. He lacks top-end speed, but he's quick and appears trustworthy in key situations. He did a nice job chipping on his way out of the backfield, helping the left tackle substantially on one play.</li>

<li>For the first time in his career, linebacker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=9649" target="_new">Darryl Tapp</a> has sustained the momentum he gathered during training camp. He's no longer just a pass-rusher, either. He's making a difference for this defense. Jaguars tackle <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=12620" target="_new">Eugene Monroe</a> had trouble with him. Even <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10604" target="_new">Will Herring</a> is producing as <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8512" target="_new">Leroy Hill</a>'s injury replacement. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=12452" target="_new">Aaron Curry</a> is developing quickly and I think he's elevating the play of those around him, including <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8459" target="_new">Lofa Tatupu</a>. More on Curry later in the day. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11262" target="_new">Lawrence Jackson</a> is another young defensive player making significant contributions. It's striking what good defensive coaching can do for a team (particularly when that team is not facing <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1428" target="_new">Peyton Manning</a>).</li>

<li><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10949" target="_new">Kyle Williams</a> will have problems at left tackle. This isn't his fault. Williams projected as a potential backup right tackle or right guard coming out of USC. He should not be a starting left tackle, but the Seahawks have few choices at this point. The Jaguars pushed back Williams into <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=1575" target="_new">Matt Hasselbeck</a>'s area a couple times. The Cardinals' <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11284" target="_new">Calais Campbell</a> could be a problem for him. Overall, Seattle has weathered injuries to its offensive line better than I would have anticipated. But the bottom line is tough: Seattle will likely start its projected fourth-string left guard (<a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10675" target="_new">Steve Vallos</a>) and fourth-string left tackle (Williams) in a pivotal division game.</li>

<li> Seattle used its "11" personnel package (one back, one tight end) 26 times on first and second downs, seven more times than the team used its base "21" personnel in those situations. Forsett gets most of his playing time in 11 personnel, but Jones is still the primary back when the Seahawks use that grouping on early downs.</li>

<li>The Seahawks are starting to use two tight ends even in passing situations as they look for ways to improve pass protection while playing without both starting tackles. On back-to-back plays against the Jaguars, Seattle used one back with two tight ends on second-and-11 and third-and-11, highly unusual (Hasselbeck found <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4529" target="_new">Nate Burleson</a> for a 15-yard gain on the third-and-11 play). Against the Colts, the team used 10 snaps with three receivers and two tight ends, a grouping I had never seen Seattle use (the Cardinals used it some last season).</li>

<li>The Jaguars were horrible. <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=4497" target="_new">Rashean Mathis</a>, normally a good corner, almost appeared disinterested. He played two-hand touch instead of tackling on one of Burleson's touchdown plays. Jacksonville's horrible showing was the only thing that should temper Seattle's enthusiasm coming out of this game. If the Seahawks make a statement against Arizona by winning convincingly -- the situation at left tackle provides the greatest obstacle -- enthusiasm will be justified.</li>

</ul>

<strong>For download:</strong> Full 2009 Seahawks offensive <a href="http://www.divshare.com/download/8923588-875" target="_blank">personnel report</a> with summary information for Week 5 and all games.