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Seahawks Rushing Performance by Hole Location
Previously I have posted Receptions by Location and YAC by Location so it is time to look at the Seahawk's ground game by location, or more specifically by "hole". Using data from ProFootballFocus, we will take a look at Attempts, Yards, and Yards per Rush by hole.
38% of the Seahawks rushing attempts came between the Center and the Guards. Not surprising considering the power running game approach of the coaching staff and the skill set of lead back Marshawn Lynch.
While rushing to the outside of the guards, the Seahawks were extremely balanced in their running rushing 161 times to the outside of the left guard compared to 158 times outside of the right guard.
Despite the "3 hole having only the 3rd most amount of attempts, this hole is the leader in yardage. All 5 "runners" in the above chart had their best yards per carry in this hole. For the amount of attempts in the "2" hole I would have expected a larger return in terms of yardage. The revolving door at RG certainly is reflected in the yardage performance here.
The "8" holes shows up as the best performer in yards per carry. That number is obviously enhanced by Wilson's 105 yards but surprisingly, at least to me, Lynch performed exceptionally while running to the right end. Keep in mind that 77 of his 200 yards in this hole comes from one run in the Week #8 game vs the Lions.
Keeping the focus on Lynch as he accounts for the large majority of carries, in general he had more success running to the left. A data element that I would love to know is the breakdown on how many times he when he ran left was it the "strong" side of the formation or whether they were in double TE set.
Despite not having a more granular look at the results (ie. by personnel, by formation, etc) I think some interesting information can be found here. It was a very successful season rushing the ball however the team could stand to get more consistency from the RG position.