Brian Burke determined that from 2002-2006, 43% of all passing yardage were attained through run after the catch. All coaches want to limit run after the catch, but few emphasize it like Monte Kiffin's disciples. It's built into bend but don't break. If a defender can not stop a receiver where he receives, the chance to "break", to allow a score, increases greatly.
Seattle seemed to tackle well on Sunday. It certainly defended the pass very well. The Seahawks limited Alex Smith to a paltry yards per attempt, 5, and a brutal net yards per attempt, 2.57. Did Seattle defend the pass by tackling well and stopping receivers before they could attain additional yards? Did Seattle perform better at preventing yards after the catch than typical?
As it turns out, not really.
Projected yards after catch: 96.75
Frank Gore accounted for 46 of Seattle's 94 yards allowed after catch.
So, on the one hand, Seattle only performed a bit above average at preventing yards after the catch. On the other hand, much of that was accomplished by one of the best running backs in the NFL. Excluding Gore's six receptions, Seattle only allowed 2.4 yards after the catch per reception. Why would we exclude that? Well, we shouldn't. I mention it because it's interesting, not because it's a fair interpretation of the stats.
Anyway, it's something I would like to track through the season. If Seattle wants to bend, allow yardage, but not break, allow touchdowns, it must keep up its tight coverage and sound tackling. That is something we should see some evidence of in opponent yards after catch.