In the yearly NFL draft clubs have devalued the running back position by not drafting top RB’s until the second and third rounds and finding great value later in the draft. When it comes to winning in the NFL, teams work to be balanced offensively with equal amounts of running and passing within their strategic game plan.
Seattle’s GM John Schneider confirmed running back Marshawn Lynch is a hold out. Coach Carroll will have no choice but to place his star running back on the “reserve-did not report list”. Despite Lynch’s overall production in 2013 and the last few seasons, Schneider feels they have depth at the position “There is a specific plan in place here and it’s my responsibility to [owner Paul Allen] and the fans to try to provide a consistent championship-caliber football team, one that the fans feel we have a shot every year,” Schneider said.
I understand the current situation from both sides point of view. Just two seasons ago Seattle rewarded Lynch with a 4-year 30 million contract, and because he is under contract he should be in camp, no questions asked. A running backs shelf life is very short, and Lynch’s style of play is not conducive to longevity.
Looking back at their Super Bowl Championship season and the value this player brought to the table. A Blue player, play maker and difference maker with Pro Bowler skill set that was consistent each and every week. 2013 16/16 (games started/games played), 301/1257 (carries/yards), 12 touchdowns long of 43 yards, rushing yards per attempt 4.2. Seattle used the running game to take pressure of quarterback Russell Wilson and to shorten the game by handing off to Lynch 18.8 average carries per game. A versatile RB with natural receiving skills with 36 receptions for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Lynch finished second in both rushing attempts and rushing touchdowns in 2013 and tied for third in touchdowns. The Seahawks have done an excellent job in drafting two young and talented RB’s in Robert Turbin (Utah State) and Christine Michael (Texas A&M). Both of these young players have several traits Marshawn Lynch brings to the table including yards after contact. It’s hard to replace that production!
Who will say ‘uncle’ first? Will the Seahawks front office send a bad message on negotiating with players currently under contract. How will this effect the hawks in 2014? I think looking into the near future and making sure you have cap space to sign quarterback Russell Wilson is the key to the overall big picture for the Seahawks.