The 2013 NFL season brings nothing but heightened expectations for the Seattle Seahawks. If there’s one guy on the team who won’t be caught backing down from those expectations, it’s running back Marshawn Lynch.
Marshawn Lynch is unquestionably the Seahawks most valuable asset. Seattle relies on its running game almost more than any other team in the league. Last season, the Seahawks ran the ball 55 percent of the time on offense. Of that 55 percent, Lynch did most of the ball carrying as he racked up 315 carries for 1,590 yards and 5 touchdowns on five yards per carry. NFL defenses tried and tried again, but couldn’t find ways to stop the Seahawks leading rusher as he turned in his most productive season rushing the ball in his six-year career.
The Seahawks leading rusher has been everywhere on the field during training camp. As preseason gets underway and the regular season nears, Seattle is looking to run the ball just as much or even more than they did last year. That’s truly not a bad idea being as though Lynch can take a ton of pressure off of second-year quarterback Russell Wilson.
“Well, Marshawn takes care of business,” quarterback Russell Wilson said after practice. “He’s a great football player. He comes to practice every single day with the intent to improve and to bring his ‘A’ game. When you watch him run, every run he takes he takes it to the house.”
“He’s our workhorse. It starts with the offensive line, but he can make a lot of holes and do a lot of great things for our football team.”
Sure the Seahawks will rely on their workhorse to carry a good chunk of the load offensively, but who’s going to take the pressure of Lynch as he gets worn down throughout the season? After all, Seattle needs him more during their playoff run than they do in the regular season.
Their first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, RB Christine Michael, may prove to do just that. Throughout offseason workouts and training camp, Michael has done more than just displayed his ability to be a change of pace back. As the days go by, it’s looking more likely that he will move past Robert Turbin on the depth chart and cement his place as the No. 2 running back.
Lynch averaged close to 20 carries per game last season. Seattle’s backup running backs garnered just over 100 rushing attempts during the season combined. Findings a consistent and reliable No. 2 running back is vital for the Seahawks this season. Having Marshawn Lynch run the ball for over 300 times again isn’t really a smart plan of attack. As stated earlier, they need him fresh for the playoffs.
Regardless of the extra help in the running game, and quarterback Russell Wilson’s growth and maturation going into the season, the Seahawks offense will continue to begin and end with their workhorse in the backfield.
“Marshawn is going to be big for us this year,” Wilson said. “Obviously we’re going to need him.