Alright, this is clearly not something I can do every week, but it was fun and very informative to do it once. I was intrigued by the Seahawks 11/19 3rd down conversion rate last night, and wanted to break down more about what got them there. I charted every play they ran on 3rd down (although I only found 17 plays, not 19), including personnel groupings to see what was working and what was not.
Some clear tendencies emerged. Here are a few things off the top:
– Knapp only called run plays on three of 17 third downs, and one of the three turned into a pass when Matt bobbled the snap.
– The running back was sent out into a pattern on 9 of 14 pass plays, blocked 4 times, and had a fake run once
– We used 3 WRs 14/17 times
– A TE was in for all but four plays
– Motion was only used three times, and I believe all by TEs
– Knapp’s favorite personnel grouping was 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB. He used this 12/17 times.
– Hawks were 4/5 on 3rd and 3 or less. The one non-conversion was Forsett’s drop for a potential huge gain on a wheel route
– Hawks were 5/7 on 3rd and 4-7 yds
– Hawks were 1/5 on 3rd and 8+
– Hass was 5/9, Wallace was 5/7, Teel was 0/1
I’ll try to find some time later this week to break down some formations I saw him use multiple times, including my favorite one that has four receivers bunched close to the line.