Seahawks Mainly Used 4-Man Rush To Beat Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the New York Jets Sunday at Heinz Field and that means they’ll face veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who hasn’t played very well in his team’s first four games of the season.

Now that I have had time to go through the Jets Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks, I have some Fitzpatrick passing stats to pass along to you.

As you can see below, not only do I have Fitzpatrick’s time to throw and time to sacks numbers for you, I also have included the number of rushers the Seahawks sent on each and every passing play in addition to whether or not they blitzed.

For starters, Fitzpatrick had an average time to throw or sack of 2.42 seconds against the Seahawks. It should be pointed out, however, that on 31 of the 48 plays listed below that Fitzpatrick got rid of the football in 2.4 seconds or less.

The Seahawks, as you can see in the chart below, didn’t blitz Fitzpatrick very much at all during the first two-and-half quarters of the game. In fact, they only blitzed him twice in first 29 pass plays and just 4 times in the first three quarters. Against the blitz, Fitzpatrick was 6 of 8 passing for 93 yards. He was, however, sacked on two other blitzes by the Seahawks. 5 of those blitzes came in the fourth quarter on obvious passing downs and several of those with the Seahawks up by 14 points.

While the Seahawks showed blitz a few other times during the game, they predominately used a four-man pass rush and it was very effective. While a few stunts were also used by the Seahawks, there weren’t many of them. Against 3 and 4-man rushes, Fitzpatrick completed 17 of 36 pass attempts with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked twice.

Fitzpatrick threw 12 passes against the Seahawks that flew more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage and he completed just 3 of those and had one interception, which came on the Jets last offensive play of the game. 2 of those deep incompletions went down as NO PLAYS as they were erased by penalties.

It will now be interesting to see how Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler chooses to defend Fitzpatrick on Sunday. While we could see more blitzes than the Seahawks used last week against the Jets, I’m guessing several of those will still only include 4 pass rushers being as Fitzpatrick is deemed a smart quarterback and knows when to get the football out quickly.

While Fitzpatrick has indeed had a rough start to the season, which has included him throwing just 4 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He’s only been sacked 6 times all season with the 4 of those coming last weekend against the Seahawks.

QTIMEDWNDISTLOSRESTTT#RUBLZDISTPLAY BY PLAY
112:1627NYJ38C2.214N0(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SM to B.Powell for 1 yard
111:3836NYJ39C2.445Y15(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SR to Q.Enunwa for 15 yds
110:1427SEA43C2.974N2(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SM to M.Forte for 12 yds
18:5125SEA26C2.404N3(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SR to Q.Enunwa for 11 yds
17:2427SEA12S5.563N(SG) R.Fitzpatrick sacked at SEA 16 for -4 yds
16:42311SEA16I2.584N8(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SM to B.Powell
13:05110NYJ10I4.934N15(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SL to B.Marshall
12:1838NYJ12C2.235Y18(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass DR to B.Marshall for 41 yds
11:46110SEA47I2.224N18R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DL to Q.Enunwa. PEN
10:57213 MID50I2.404N10(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SR to R.Anderson
10:52313 MID50C2.264N0(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SM to B.Powell for 9 yds
211:34110NYJ25C2.904N14R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to B.Marshall for 14 yds.
210:45120NYJ29I2.184N28(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DL to B.Marshall
210:40220NYJ29C1.514N1(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to B.Powell for 7 yds
210:08313NYJ36C5.923N3(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to R.Anderson for 5 yds
22:34218NYJ17C3.493N16(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass DL to C.Peake for 16 yds
21:0427NYJ38C1.804N0(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to B.Powell for 18 yds
20:56110SEA44C1.384N5(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SM to Q.Enunwa for 11 yds
20:37110SEA33I2.674N4NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SL to Q.Enunwa.
20:34210SEA33I2.214N11(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SL to B.Marshall
20:30310SEA33C2.404N0(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to B.Powell for 11 yds
20:22110SEA22I3.454N2(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SR to R.Anderson. PN
20:17110SEA17C2.164N17(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass DL to B.Marshall for 17 yds TD
39:3037NYJ11C2.144N0(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to B.Powell for 8 yds
38:44110NYJ19S4.194NR.Fitzpatrick sacked at NYJ 15 for -4 yds
38:01214NYJ15I2.274N17(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DR to B.Bowman
37:56314NYJ15I2.813N0(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SM to B.Powell
34:13110NYJ25S2.836YR.Fitzpatrick sacked at NYJ 19 for -6 yds
33:33216NYJ19I2.974N22(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DL to Q.Enunwa. PN
32:4928NYJ43I1.565Y9(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SL to B.Marshall
32:4638NYJ43I2.115Y35(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DR to R.Anderson
30:57110NYJ36C2.324N-5(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SM to M.Forte for 4 yds
415:00216NYJ30C1.625Y15(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to B.Marshall for 17 yds
414:30110NYJ47IN2.024N14R.Fitzpatrick pass SL intended for B.Marshall INT
411:52210NYJ25C1.535Y5(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to C.Peake for 5 yds
411:2635NYJ30I2.494N4(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SL to M.Forte
45:49110NYJ9IN1.704N11(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL intended for R.Anderson INT
44:04110NYJ25C1.625Y6(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SR to Q.Enunwa for 6 yds
43:4224NYJ31C1.744N5(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SL to Q.Enunwa for 8 yds
43:20110NYJ39I1.884N22(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DL to B.Marshall
43:15210NYJ39C1.515Y3(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SR to C.Peake for 9 yds
42:5131NYJ48I2.204N40(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DR to R.Anderson
42:4541NYJ48C1.804N5(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SR to R.Anderson for 7 yds
42:25110SEA45S2.125Y(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick sacked for -7 yds
41:41110NYJ13C1.444N6(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass SM to Q.Enunwa for 9 yds
41:2121NYJ22I2.854N18(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete DM to B.Marshall
40:59110NYJ30I2.784N-5(NH, SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass incomplete SM to B.Powell
40:55210NYJ30IN1.904N18(SG) R.Fitzpatrick pass DR intended for B.Marshall INT

  • WreckIess

    That’s great for them. We better not even think about it.

  • PaeperCup

    Is he being pressure a bunch? I wonder if the reason he’s throwing so many INTs is because he’s not taking the sacks when maybe he should instead of chucking it.

    I’m not surprised though, this is what happens when you hold out. You either get hurt or you suck.

  • SteelersDepot

    he was pressured a bunch by the seahawks

  • dany

    When the steelers get Michael Bennett the could do this

    dont copy that gameplan Butler!

  • Daniel

    Butler should remain aggressive as we were with the chiefs

  • Dorian James

    are four man Rush isn’t even close to being as good as theirs

  • D.j. Hoy

    Yeah a bunch of people have already said my thoughts: Their four man rush is the equivalent of our five man rush.

  • The Truth

    I would say 6-man rush

  • Jim Foles

    load the box

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers aren’t good in coverage or pass rushing

  • ND_Steel

    Great breakdown, thanks Dave

  • Steeler4l1f3

    Nice job, Dave. Love the seconds per pass breakdown.

    question, didn’t Fitz throw 3 ints vs Seattle?

    Also, do you think we continue to play cover 2 and off man vs the Jets?