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February 5, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Pro Football Focus with some final grades and notes on Seattle’s season

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rushes 1 yard for a touchdown, cutting Green Bay's lead to 5, during the fourth quarter. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rushes 1 yard for a touchdown, cutting Green Bay’s lead to 5, during the fourth quarter. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Here is a year-end review of the Seahawks from the football analytics web site Pro Football Focus.

Offense

  • LT Russell Okung was the only offensive lineman on the team to finish with a green pass blocking grade (+4.9). C Max Unger finished with a +11.5 run blocking grade in only nine games, and was easily a team-high.
  • RT Justin Britt allowed 41 QB hurries, second-most for tackles. None came in the Super Bowl though. He and Buffalo’s Seantrel Henderson were the only rookie tackles to play every regular season game. Britt ran through the line finishing the last three of four games with green pass blocking grades. While his grading was high-varianced, the combination of the shuffling O-line and it being his rookie season has to be taken into consideration.
  • For as horizontal as their offense was (especially early in the season), Russell Wilson sure graded well on passes thrown over 9+ yards in the air. He had green grades in each of the six areas (broken into left/middle/right and 10-19 yds/20+ yds).
  • Wilson finished with the best run grade for QBs at +9.7. His 58 run attempts were also the most.
  • Some other Wilson stats with rank (of 37 QBs): 42 throw aways (1), 8.0 yards/attempt (4), 9 batted passes (T14), 52 sacks (2).
  • RB Marshawn Lynch claimed both the run (+25.8) and overall (+27.5) grading “title” for running backs. His 117 missed tackles forced was far and away the best. Of backs that played more than 50 percent of their team’s snaps, Lynch had the best yards after contact/attempt at 3.1 yds. Not only a threat running it, Lynch also averaged 10.2 yards/reception and then 10.4 yards after the catch, both of which were top-5 for backs.
  • Running back attempt-snap count: Lynch 343-869, Turbin 85-302, Tukuafu 1-189
  • Doug Baldwin with a team-high +3.5 receiving grade, good for 24th among WRs (min 25 percent snaps played).
  • WR target-snap counts: Baldwin 104-1076, Jermaine Kearse 79-987, Paul Richardson 41-530, Ricardo Lockette 23-273.
  • TE target-snap counts: Luke Willson 48-727, Cooper Helfet 24-276, Tony Moeaki 13-229
  • Michael Bennett finishes as the best 4-3 defensive end at +34.8 overall. His +22.1 run defense grade was also the highest bolstered by 63 QB hurries and 38 stops.
  • QB hurries: Bennett 63, Cliff Avril 55, Bruce Irvin 23, O’Brien Schofield 16.
  • Stops: K.J. Wright 60, Bobby Wagner 54, Kam Chancellor 43, Bennett 38, Irvin 28
  • Richard Sherman, Chancellor, and Earl Thomas all finish with green pass coverage grades. Sherman ended the year with the lowest NFL QB rating when thrown at for corners (39.8). His +17.9 coverage and +6.2 run defense grades were also top-3.
  • Targets by coverage man: Byron Maxwell 85, Sherman 75, Chancellor 57, Marcus Burley 45, Tharold Simon 39, Jeremy Lane 33, Thomas 30.
  • The revolving door that was the kick/punt returners graded just below average. The best was Bryan Walters with a +3.4 on 31 punt returns.
  • Jon Ryan finished fifth in punter grading at +24.9 and the best punt return rate at only 29 percent.
Signature Stats
  • Wilson finished with the seventh-most deep passing attempts and second-most yards off those attempts. His 50.7 percent Accuracy Rate on the deep ball ranked fourth.
  • Wilson saw Pressure on 44.3% of his dropbacks. Only Washington’sRobert Griffin III was under more pressure.
  • Lynch runs away with the Elusive Rating title at 104.2. His 17 runs of over 15+ yards ranked fifth.
  • Sherman led corners allowing a reception every 18.9 coverage snaps. Receivers only gained 0.71 yards/reception against him, tied for third-best.
  • Atop the Pass Rush Productivity chart all year, Bennett ultimately finished ninth. His 87 QB pressures were the highest in the league.

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