Seahawks snap counts vs. Ravens: Blowout means more Clark, less Mebane and Rubin

Dec 14, 2015, 2:26 PM | Updated: Dec 15, 2015, 11:10 am
D-line snap counts were affected by the Ravens being stuck in passing situations. (Seahawks photo/R...
D-line snap counts were affected by the Ravens being stuck in passing situations. (Seahawks photo/Rod Mar)
(Seahawks photo/Rod Mar)

Here are the position-by-position snap counts from the Seahawks’ win over Baltimore and a few notes:

DEFENSE (58 total)

Defensive linemen

Cliff Avril: 50 (86%)
Michael Bennett: 41 (71%)
Frank Clark: 39 (67%)
Brandon Mebane: 21 (36%)
Ahtyba Rubin: 19 (33%)
Cassius Marsh: 16 (28%)
A.J. Francis: 7 (12%)

The playing-time distribution among Seattle’s defensive linemen was indicative of how Sunday’s game played out. The Seahawks led throughout, forcing the Ravens to abandon the run (only 13 carries between their two tailbacks) and throw in order to catch up (Jimmy Clausen attempted 40 passes). That dictated the personnel along Seattle’s defensive line. Starting tackles Mebane and Rubin usually come off the field in passing situations, when Seattle subs in its nickel defense. Backup Frank Clark has had a bigger role in there the last two games while Jordan Hill has been injured. That all helps explain why Mebane and Rubin played sparingly while Clark’s snap total and snap percentage were his highest of the season.

Linebackers

Bobby Wagner: 58 (100%)
K.J. Wright: 58 (100%)
Bruce Irvin: 51 (88%)

Defensive backs

Earl Thomas: 58 (100%)
Richard Sherman: 58 (100%)
Kelcie McCray: 49 (84%)
Jeremy Lane: 48 (83%)
DeShawn Shead: 40 (69%)
Marcus Burley: 15 (26%)
Kam Chancellor: 9 (16%)

McCray took over at strong safety when Chancellor bruised his tailbone in the first quarter and saw by far his most extensive playing time on defense this season. Burley moved into the slot when Shead left the game due to an injury, which pushed Lane to right cornerback. Burley then got hurt himself, prompting Shead’s return.

OFFENSE (70 total)

Running backs

Fred Jackson: 30 (43%)
DuJuan Harris: 27 (39%)
Will Tukuafu: 16 (23%)
Thomas Rawls: 8 (11%)
Derrick Coleman: 4 (6%)

Jackson and Harris split time once Rawls went down in the first quarter.

Tight ends

Luke Willson: 52 (74%)
Cooper Helfet: 29 (41%)
Anthony McCoy: 15 (21%)

As coach Pete Carroll indicated would happen, McCoy jumped right back into the rotation in his first game back with the Seahawks.

Wide receivers

Jermaine Kearse: 50 (71%)
Doug Baldwin: 49 (70%)
Tyler Lockett: 46 (66%)
Kevin Smith: 24 (34%)

B.J. Daniels, the fifth receiver on Seattle’s roster, was inactive Sunday.

Notes: Seattle’s five starting offensive linemen played all 70 snaps. Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson relieved Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, taking the final eight snaps.

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