Quick All-22 Film Review – Seattle Seahawks
By Sean Lester Durham
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense look to remain effcient this week vs the Jets
The reeling Jets (3-5) return from their bye week to face a very solid Seattle Seahawks (5-4) team that ended a 2 game losing streak of their own last week when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 30-20. The win for the Seahawks essentially summed up what their season has become; fight the entire game on both sides of the ball and basically finding ways to pull out tough wins in somewhat dramatic fashion.
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes, and the Seahawks were able to overcome 182 yards by Adrian Peterson to pull out the win over the Vikings. The Jets should be well rested and ready to go after their bye and they will certainly need their rest going up against a very aggressive Seahawks team. The Seahawk offense, though still suffers from inconsistencies, at times is very efficient, creative and effective and their defense is just as creative but with a great deal of aggressiveness attached to it.
Utilizing the All-22 game film, the drive I want to focus on this week isn’t a TD drive actually but it was just as important. The Seahawks were up by 10 with almost 6 minutes to go in the game and it was apparent that Seahawks coach Pete Carrol didn’t want to allow the Vikings to get another shot at the endzone so Carroll and the offensive staff of the Seahawks coached as aggressively as you will a team coach when being up by 10 points. This type of coaching and football EPITOMIZES playing to WIN as oppose to playing NOT to lose.
Right after Browner intercepts Christian Ponder pass intended for Harvin, there’s 5:27 remaining in the game….
– 1st and 10 at Seattle 47 – The Seahawks come out in a Shotgun formation with 3 WRs (Tate to Wilson’s left and Rice/Baldwin to Wilson’s right) and Robert Turbin as the lone RB in the backfield. Wilson appears to audible from a pass play to a run play when Vikings defenders Greenway and Henderson moves up for the blitz;
~ R.Turbin runs right tackle to the Vikings 41 yard line, a gain of 12 yards
– 1st and 10 at Vikings 41- The Seahawks come in I formation with Russell Wilson under center and Lynch and Robinson as the two backs with a 2 WR set (Rice and Bladwin on opposite sides of Wilson).
~ Wilson hands off to FB Robinson up the middle for a 4 yard loss. DT Fred Evans and LB EJ Henderson comes virtually unblocked for the 4 yard TFL in the back field.
– 2nd and 14 at Vikings 45 – The Seahawks come out in I formation again, Wilson under center and Lynch and Robinson the 2 backs in the back field. 3 WR set (Baldwin, Tate and Rice).
~Wilson scrambles to the right side for a gain of 13 yards to the Vikings 32 yard line. The play appeared to be a passing play but the Vikings CBs covered Wilson’s targets pretty effectively down field forcing him to tuck and run, which he did rather effectively.
– 3rd and 1 at Vikings 32 – Seahawks come on standard I formation with Wilson under center with 2 WR set (Rice and Baldwin. Lynch is the lone RB in the backfield.
~Wilson tries to run to the left in a clear QB run call that was stopped for no gain. The Vikings D-line did an excellent job at reading the play and getting penetration.
– 4th and 1 at Vikings 32 – Seahawks come out in a bunch formation with 3 WRs (Tate, Rice and Bladwin) with Lynch in the backfield.
~Wilson once again gets the QB run call, this time to the right. He gains 1 yard behind the right guard. This was just a high % play that the Vikings were unlikely to defend effectively.
– 1st and 10 at Vikings 31 – Seahawks once again in I formation with 3 WR spread (Tate, Bladwin and Rice) Lynch and Robinson are the 2 RBs in the backfield.
~ Lynch gets the carry and goes behind the Left tackle for a gain of 4 yards. Nothing fancy about the run, Lynch simply follows behind the lineman for a great pickup on 1st down.
– 2nd and 6 at Vikings 27 – Seahawks come out in a Pro-set formation with 2 WRs (Tate and Rice) on opposite sides of Wilson and 2 backs (Lynch and Robinson) in the backfield.
~ Lynch gets the carry behind the left tackle for a 6 yard gain. Lynch gets the first down here due to the great blocking up from by his O-line but 3 of the yards is all Lynch. He makes D-lineman miss in order to gain additional yards.
– 1st and 10 at Vikings 21 – Seahawks once again in the I Formation with 2 WRs (Baldwin and Rice) and Lynch and Robinson in the backfield.
~Lynch gets the carry and goes to the right for no gain…. Vikings simply are playing the run now and are stacking the box. Nowhere for Lynch to run on this play
– 2nd and 10 on Vikings 21 – Seahawks come out in the Pro-set formation with 2 WRs (Baldwin and Rice) with Lynch and Robinson once again in the backfield.
~ Lynch runs to the left for 2 yard gain and runs out of bounds (stops the clock)
– 3rd and 8 on Vikings 19 – Seahawks come out in the I Formation again with 3 WRs (Tate, Baldwin and Rice) with Lynch and Robinson in the backfield again.
~Lynch gets the carry and runs to the right for 4 yards….The Vikings D-line at this point is winded and gassed and the Seahawks O-line is opening up holes just big enough for Lynch to get through for solid gains.
– 4th and 4 on Vikings 15 – Seahawks staying with the I formation ( I mean WHY NOT) again with 3 WRs (Rice, Baldwin and Tate) and 2 RBs (Lynch and Robinson).
~ FB Robinson manages to escape the backfield and Wilson takes advantage of play action and is able to hit Robinson for 6 yards.
The Seahawks need only to take a knee at this point as they have just completed an almost 5 minute drive on the Vikings defense. They did it with simple smash mouth football. They pretty much showed the Vikings that they were going to run (with the use of the I formation) and dared the Vikings to stop them and the Vikings couldn’t. The reason why this Seahawk drive was so impressive is because they were able to control the clock and do what they want which was run the clock out and leave with a win. There’s a reason why their offense is efficient and that is because their 7th ranked running game makes it easier on Wilson and the passing attack more times than not.
How Do The Jets Attack That Seahawks Defense and Contain Their Offense?
Jeremy Kerley will be the Jets most effective weapon vs the Seahawks.
– The Jets will need to be very physical this game. Especially on the offensive side of the ball as the Seahawks defense is very aggressive and knows how to get after the QB and defend targets downfield very well. Jets WR Stephen Hill will be matched up on Browner or Sherman and this could be a potential problem for the Jets as Hill hasn’t been as reliable as the Jets would like for him to be. Even when getting opened, Hill has shown the propensity to drop easy passes. The film on Browner and Sherman suggests that they are as PHYSICAL as CBs come. They LOVE to utilize press coverage more times than not and they are VERY effective at it. They even threw Tom Brady off his game, causing 2 ints because of how physical they were with Brady’s targets at the line. They don’t miss too many tackles and they are very good when the ball is in the air. Last week vs the Vikings, Browner baited Ponder into an interception when Ponder was looking for Percy Harvin deep down the field. Browner managed to stay with Harvin step by step and Ponder didn’t help at all with the under thrown pass but Browner capitalized on it and made a play his team needed. I can see Kerley having more success against Sherman than Browner. Kerley is more of a polished route runner than Stephen Hill and knows how to get around press coverage at the line. I would keep Kerley and Hill in motion at attempts to get the matchups that I wanted on the offensive side of the ball but that’s me and the Jets haven’t listened to anything I’ve suggested the entire season, it’s almost as it they aren’t reading my posts : )
– The Seahawks defense is an aggressive defense, sometimes TOO aggressive making it very susceptible to the short passes and screens. Watching film on them vs the Lions and Packers, I noticed that they aggressively over pursued at times allowing the offenses to capitalize on the aggressiveness by calling screens and short passes. Lions QB Matthew Stafford had 352 yards, 3 TDs 1 int as he was certainly able to capitalize on the aggressiveness of the Seahawks defense. This is something that Mark Sanchez will have to be cognizant of at the LINE as the Seahawks are good at disguising the blitzes. Sanchez will need to have quick passes and dump offs in the audible play book this week.
– Watching the film I noticed that the Seahawks love to get QB Russell Wilson in roll out packages and try to allow him throw on the run a lot. Wilson is deceptively fast and will run at the drop of a dime. He has great arm strength but WILL sometimes force passes into coverages, something he did vs the 49ers and Lions. Vs the Vikings, Wilson was very efficient. He found the open man more times than not but benefited greatly from a great performance by Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks O-line doesn’t appear to be MAULING opposing defensive lines, it’s more so that Lynch is great at finding and exploiting holes to run through. Lynch isn’t the type of RB that needs exceptional O-line play in order to be effective and he didn’t get that vs the Vikings as the Vikings D-line managed to get into the backfield quite a few times during the day to stop the Seahawks runners for losses.
– WR Sidney Rice is a great route runner and doesn’t drop many passes but the Jets can neutralize him with Cromartie, its Tate and Baldwin that will present the Jets with matchup problems as Kyle Wilson vs Golden Tate tilts heavily in the Seahawks favor. Tate is great at getting behind defenses. He is very disciplined and will stay with his route no matter what. Wilson will need to be aggressive with Tate at the line, something Wilson isn’t known for. This may be the downfall of the Jets this week as I see it being very difficult for Wilson to stay with Tate all game.
Jets rookie DT Quinton Coples will look to exploit a Seattle offensive line that has been inconsistent this season.
– Breno Giacomini, Seattle’s right tackle had a tough day vs the Vikings. He allowed a sack to Brian Robinson, who flew around him in the fourth quarter and met Jared Allen to take Wilson down. He also took a false start penalty in the third quarter. The Jets need to get Coples on Giacomini and give the rookie the green light to go after him ALL game.