More jumbo sets in store for Hawks?

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders provides some interesting analysis on the Seattle Seahawks and their use of six offensive linemen sets – or jumbo packages where an offensive tackle replaces a tight end up front.

Teams traditionally use jumbo packages in short yardage or goal line situations to get an extra push up front in the run game. What’s interesting is Oakland – under head coach Tom Cable – used the most jumbo sets in the league last year, a little over 12 percent of the time, averaging a league-best 6.2 yards per play in that formation.

Predictably, the Seahawks, with pass-happy Jeremy Bates and no run game were toward the end of the list, using jumbo set .8 percent of the time.

So, will Seattle use more jumbo sets with Cable now the team’s offensive line coach? It’s possible, depending on how well the new offensive line comes together with rookies James Carpenter and John Moffitt up front, along with the Seahawks’ ability to play from ahead so they can focus on running the ball more.

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