Seahawks Won’t Lessen Marshawn Lynch’s Workload
Seattle Seahawks fans can expect plenty more of “Beast Mode” in 2014. According to Seahawks.com, star running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t expected to see a lessened workload in 2014 despite his age and past involvement in the offense.
Seattle running backs coach Sherman Smith spoke on Lynch’s 2014 role, saying, “To me, there’s a drop off (after Lynch). You take Marshawn out of the game, there’s a drop off to the next guy. So, why would we do that?”
It’s solid logic for the defending Super Bowl champs, as Lynch could still have plenty of tread left on his tires at just 28 years old. Speaking to the state of the depth chart, Sherman has a point there, as well. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael are excellent backup running backs to have and could both turn into solid starters down the line, but neither have Lynch’s effectiveness at the moment.
Then again, Seattle’s offensive line and system is so strong, that it’d be hard to imagine a drastic drop off from a productivity standpoint. After all, both Turbin and Michael are slightly more explosive than Lynch at this point in his career, while both are just as versatile, as well.
Lynch still has the leg up when it comes to the total package, though, and delivers more brute power and strength from play to play.
It’s also pretty hard to suddenly start working away from a key cog in a Super Bowl run, as Lynch put up over 1,200 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground during Seattle’s awesome run. He also proved to be plenty versatile, too, as he hauled in 36 receptions for 316 receiving yards and another two scores in 2013.
Possibly Lynch’s best asset, though is his reliability and efficiency. He’s been an absolute workhorse for the ‘Hawks the past three seasons, as he’s put up 1,200+ rushing yards, 11+ touchdowns and 285+ carries in each season. That whole time, possibly the most impressive feat is is the fact that he’s lost just five fumbles despite such a tough, hard-nosed running style.
In addition, Lynch is simply always there for Seattle, as he’s missed just one game in four years with the team. With production still at an elite level and the need for him to stick in a key role, fans can expect Lynch to be top dog in Seattle’s backfield for at least another 2-3 seasons.
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