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Game Recap: SD v. Sea 8/12: Part 2

2,000 words is just too long for a post. I've been trying to figure out how to balance my game charting with other posts for the blog and the best solution I could come up with was to break the four quarters into four separate posts to be done on four separate days. The tentative schedule is Mon-Thu, game charting and commentary, Friday game charting totals and WPA chart, Saturday, pregame stuff, podcast, the like and Sunday to just sit back and enjoy Seahawks football. That should give me a good regular schedule, one I can stick by and one that will also let me throw in some other stuff when I have the time.

A couple notes on the third quarter: Two plays are listed as "?" because NBC decided some video segment pabulum was more important than showing the game pre-snap. I only have one such listed event in the first half. Hopefully, NBC did this because it's the preseason and this sort of stupidity won't make into the regular season. Second, I lost about 30 seconds because my tape ran out while I wasn't paying attention. It's game time 4:35 to 4:02. The two missing plays are an 8 yard pass by Wallace on 3rd and 12 and a Ryan Plackemeier punt. Also, I started tracking two defensive stats I didn't in the first half, penetration and forced double team.

When I post the 4th quarter totals tomorrow I will list all the stats. I wouldn't take any of these as set in stone or gospel, because I'm using the preseason to figure out what can be effectively tracked and how I should define them. Therefore, my definitions for different game events can be a little mercurial, but before the regular season starts, I will list every stat I'll be charting and exactly how I define them.

Kind of a boring quarter. Defense dominated the play for Seattle:

  • Wilson's fumble kept the Hawks on the field, not counting punts, field goals and kickoffs, San Diego had 19 offensive plays to the Hawks' 6. The primary reason Wilson fumbled was that he completely overran his blockers and headlong into the Chargers' special teams.
  • Cue the vanilla defense. On 16 plays I have the Hawks listed as "base" under the defensive formation. Two others, "nickel" one with the LBs shaded right and the CB within 5 yards of the receivers and the other, the next play in the series, "nickel" deep coverage. The Hawks rushed four on every play.
  • On the third play of the third quarter, Malcom Floyd juked Kevin Hobbs out of his shoes. It's one of only two cases of blown coverage I recorded during the quarter, the subsequent 24 yard pass to Scott Chandler is recorded as "hole in zone". Chandler picked up the other "hole in zone" on an eleven yard bootleg during San Diego's third offensive series.
  • The other blown coverage was also by Hobbs, but it's sort of difficult to lump the two together. Against Floyd, Hobbs was badly beat, against Camarillo, Hobbs was just a step behind. Charlie Whitehurst threw a good pass and Hobbs immediately tackled his man. I think rather than calling both blown coverage, I'll just call the first one "beat", because I think Floyd makes that reception every time--he was wide open.
  • Mebane recorded 4 "Penetrations", Green 1, Tapp 1 and Atkins 1. Mebane also led the "Forced Double Team" category with 2 along with Green who also had 2. No one else recorded one.
  • I gave Atkins a missed tackle on the play where he attempted to strip the ball only to watch Whitehurst scramble for 9 yards.
  • Boulware and Herring each recorded one good open field tackle.


  • The Hawks featured one unbalanced formation: 3 WRs, two to the right, one TE to the right and a back in a right wing position on the third play of their only offensive drive. Weaver recorded a backfield block and then Wallace pulled a no-read scramble to the right. Given the formation, it's possible that it was a designed scramble. The play was successful if unspectacular, leaving the Hawks in third and short.
  • The other good backfield block was by Maurice Morris on the tipped ball caught by Tom Ashworth. Morris stopped his man, but it may not have mattered because Wallace gets jittery whenever a defender penetrates the pocket. One of the main reasons the pass was deflected was that Wallace gunned it almost immediately after the penetration rather than trusting his blockers and letting the play develop.
  • The previous play, in which Weaver ran for no gain, I have "no hole" listed. Weaver didn't have a spectacular game, but he didn't have a lot of good rushing lanes, either.

Fourth quarter and totals to follow tomorrow.