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Morning links: Lynch under the microscope

Post by Eric Williams on March 19, 2011 at 8:39 am with 26 Comments »
March 19, 2011 8:39 am

Matt Williamson of gives props to Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch for his magical run against New Orleans in the NFC playoffs, but overall he believes that the Cal product’s performance must improve for the Seahawks to win consistently next season. Williamson:

“I am not implying that Lynch is a bad running back. But I do believe he is exceedingly average. Given the Seahawks’ roster, the team needs more from its running game, which was just terrible last year. Lynch ran for only 573 yards in his 12 regular-season games with Seattle, for a 3.5 yards per carry average. That won’t do.”

Doug Farrar of says that according to reports, Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash was at Muhammad Wilkerson’s pro day at Temple on Friday. The defensive tackle could at depth at defensive end behind Red Bryant for Seattle.

More Farrar: Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe provides his own interpretation of the owners’ latest offer and league commissioner Rodger Goodell’s letter sent to players. It’s pretty funny and worth a look.

LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is No. 1 on Rob Rang’s big board.

Seven Washington residents showed up on Forbes’ latest list of the world’s billionaires, led by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, No. 2 on the list with $56 billion. Seahawks owner Paul Allen is No. 57 on the list with $13 billion.

John Czarnecki of Fox Sports expects team to focus on building their teams through the draft with uncertainty on when free agency will begin.

And some sad news. NFL Films president Steve Sabol has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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  1. Lynch very well could be a bad running back.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I saw that about Sabol yesterday. He and his father have been so important to the growth of the NFL and fans’ accessibility to the game, their impact on it in every way is hard to overstate. Here’s hoping for a speedy and full recovery.

    Matt Williamson is right that the ‘Hawks running game needs to improve, no one would argue that. But of course Lynch’s performance is only a part of the real issue (and not close to the most significant part). Williamson continues to take the easy route with analysis. I’m shocked that Sando allows him to sub for his blog when he take time off. I’m not saying that he’s a bad writer or analyst. But I do believe he’s exceedingly… no, actually I am. He’s terrible.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    He’s not.

  4. Exceedingly average behind an atrocious OLine is a compliment to hiim. Lynch’s performance will improve to the extent our OL improves. I think RB is the least of our problems right now.

  5. I agree he’s way off base pointing the finger at Lynch. he runs more like a steamroller. give a clean hole and a yard for momentum and he’s hard to stop. he didnt get a whole lot of that with this years line.

  6. I don’t think Lynch is “exceedingly average” he is no Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson, but give him an offensive line that’s actually in the better half in the league, and he could easily run for a 1000, maybe not a whole lot more than that because Forsett is still there, and Washington will hopefully be a bigger part of the offense this season. Lynch created some of the more impressive 5 yard runs I’ve seen, and there was nothing average about that run against the Saints. Get a decent O-line, or if the big guys upfront at least got a chance to form a bond or whatever you want to call it, our running game will be just fine.

  7. He is too.

    That ML gets as much as he does is something of a miracle. Cable gets the OL to zone-blocking properly and Beast-Force shreds DLs up the middle while LW beats everyone to the outside. Fix the OL and keep them healthy.

  8. Hawksince77 says:

    About Lynch, I read in someone’s mock about how Lynch had the most exciting 1-yard runs of anyone in the season. His point (and he obviously watched a number of Seahawk games) was that Lynch was often hit behind the line of scrimmage, and still managed to make a yard.

    I think all three Seattle running backs are good (not great, but above average). And they are all different, in their running styles and strengths, which gives Seattle a formidable backfield.

    Lynch the pounder (and I agree, give him the semblance of a hole and some momentum, and he will produce). Forsett can get 5-15 yards every time he touches the ball, and Washington, if given more opportunities, will break a few for big gains.

    Seattle needs a quality o-line, and with that, the entire team gets much improved.

  9. I wondered what some of the catches were on the contract (i.e. the health insurance going away)

    The decreasing amount of revenue for the players.


    But the NFL of course is not going to let that got out there. I also LOVE the cowboy hat – boy I wonder who that could be?!!?!?

  10. The following is a link for ESPN ex pats player speaks about incoming draftees attending the draft:

  11. Well that did not work. Try ESPN Tedi Brushki sp? spouting off regarding above. Sorry about the foul up.

  12. Agree with the article 100%

  13. Dukeshire says:

    maddog12 – Bruschi and Woodson see it differently, that’s for sure. This link should work for you.

  14. maddog12 says:

    thanks Duke

  15. If the Hawks could combine the talents of all 3 backs into 1 We would have 1 of the best backs in the league, but we can’t as we are the run game is not the problem. The Oline is As much of a homer as I am and would love to see them pick Locker if available I would also not shed any tears if they were to pick up Carimi or Sherrod for the RT spot.

  16. Sorry for the grammatical errors I’m watching the Huskies give NC all they can handle and then some. Posting during commercials.

  17. Eck, tough outcome for the Dawgs. Bummer.

  18. Dukeshire says:

    Yeah, hell of a game.

  19. You take the worst set of guards in the NFL, add them to a center who is nothing special, throw in a right tackle that sucked, add into the equation a left tackle position where its prized rookie missed a handful of games, and a fullback that isn’t in the upper echelon for blocking at his position and it seems like a recipe for crappy average rushing yards per carry.

  20. This site is so annoying because nobody ever says how they really feel!

  21. I’d like to see the left side upgraded before drafting for the right. No FA before the draft is fucked up.

    I’d like to see what type of pull the Cable and Bevell hirings have on luring free agents in.

  22. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Anyone who says Marshawn Lynch is average is an idiot. I don’t understand why our offensive line isn’t savaged by the media as often as it should – the only, literally only, player who deserves to start is Okung.

  23. Having read the article about Lynch, I don’t disagree with what he said. Is Lynch a top 10 RB in the NFL? Probably not. Is he a top 20? Sure. Pretty much average. Would he be better with a better line? Sure. Still probably not top 10 numbers behind Minnesota or NYJ or KC line.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    The issue I take with Williamson’s analysis (aside from the misplaced blame) is the phrase “exceedingly average”. It’s condescending to say he’s not “implying Lynch is a bad running-back” and with the next sentence do just exactly that. Williamson acknowledges Seattle “…had some of the very worst run blocking in all of football.” yet manages to still blame Lynch for not producing. Williamson is a hack. In essence, he saying Lynch is an underachiever for not producing better numbers behind one of the worst lines in the NFL. Okay…

  25. Seahawks2620 says:

    Williamson should not be allowed to make evaluations on players, if he is seriously putting Lynch’s numbers on himself. The o-line is and was garbage. This guys is a joke.

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