The snap counts for the Seattle Seahawks’ 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams is really nothing special to look at. Tyler Lockett was on a snap count restriction of sorts given he hadn’t practiced all week with a hamstring issue, so I’m not too bothered on that front. Perhaps there was similar caution with DK Metcalf given his hip issues from earlier in the season. There was some rotation in and out of the lineup involving Phil Haynes and Anthony Bradford at right guard, as well as Jason Peters and Stone Forsythe at right tackle.
Offensively, Jason Peters/Phil Haynes played all but 12 snaps on the right side of OL, with Forsythe and Bradford in for 12 snaps each when they played together. And Lockett indeed had snaps managed quite a bit dealing with hamstring issue: pic.twitter.com/IYGReUurYw— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2023
Now we get to the defense, which irritated me a bit when I saw the snap counts. Derick Hall wasn’t on the injury report so unless he was also on a snap count restriction, he lost snaps to Frank Clark. There aren’t too many candidates Clark could possibly siphon playing time from, and yet he ended up playing more than either Darrell Taylor or Hall, who had a half-dozen snaps to Clark’s 31.
Some early morning waiting-at-the-airport Seahawks snap counts if you want them. As you can see, defense was in nickel for every snap but one, when they went dime (the one play Jackson played that Brooks didn't): pic.twitter.com/uZcrmcbn0a— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 20, 2023
Hall has played just 17 snaps total over the past two games.
Clark was really good in his first stint with the Seahawks, and I won’t let his current play cloud my view of his contributions to the team before he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. We’re also really close to 2024 and not everyone has got tremendous longevity to play at a high-level.
Last week, Clark played just 17 snaps against the Washington Commanders. In his other two games he had 38 of 76 snaps against the Baltimore Ravens, and 22 versus the Cleveland Browns. What does 108 snaps of Frank Clark in 2023 get you? Close to no productivity.
Frank Clark in 108 snaps since returning to Seattle:— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) November 20, 2023
0 QB hits
3 missed tackles
0 tackles for loss
Losing Uchenna Nwosu has undeniably hurt Seattle’s defensive front both against the pass and the run. Hall hasn’t exactly been a super productive option in his rookie season—0 sacks, 2 QB hits, 5 hurries, 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss—but he has to be a better option than Clark. These three plays are better than anything Clark has done.
If you want a reason to be encouraged - and hopefully his shoulder is okay - Derick Hall made some nice plays against the run on Sunday.#Seahawks absolutely need him with Nwosu done for year. pic.twitter.com/0XaebTR7xZ— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) November 7, 2023
Derick Hall, strong dude pic.twitter.com/E4YspIbAoJ— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) November 2, 2023
Derick Hall with some rookie on rookie violence pic.twitter.com/0H2fiwZtcy— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) October 24, 2023
I wasn’t in favor of the Clark signing even on an emergency basis because he looked cooked in Denver and honestly looked cooked at the tail-end of his Kansas City Chiefs career. The Broncos have magically started playing better defense since his (and Randy Gregory’s) departure.
If you feared that the “Pete Carroll plays a fading veteran over a young player” strategy would come to fruition, this appears to be the case with Clark vs. Hall. I can’t take another week of this from a “veteran presence”:
Stop playing 57. Please. He's an older, worse version of 52. pic.twitter.com/B68EXcSrgO— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) November 21, 2023
Or this, which was the Devon Witherspoon “DPI” but the freeze frame gives you an idea of how far Clark managed to run himself out of the play and give Stafford the world’s cleanest pocket.
If the Seahawks are going to be on the struggle bus, then I’d rather ride with players who could be good instead of giving snaps to guys who used to be good.