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Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 22, 2011 at 6:21 am with 20 Comments »
December 22, 2011 6:22 am
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch breaks through a hole in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In a mere 14 months, running back Marshawn Lynch and his hard- charging running style has become the Seattle Seahawks’ identity nationally, which I write about in my story today.

Just ask his coach.

“He’s been the face of the program here,” Pete Carroll said. “In terms of setting the tempo and the attitude, the philosophy that he brings, the competitiveness that he stands for in his play that you can’t help but see by the way he brings it, are all exemplary and emblematic of what we’d like to be. So, he’s had a big play in this.”

But the elusive man who came in a trade with Buffalo last season plays behind a tinted visor on game days and wants nothing to do with the notion that he has raised the franchise’s national profile.

“I don’t know why because it ain’t Marshawn Lynch,” he said. “It’s the Seattle Sea-hawks, and then it’s Marshawn plays running back. I’m just a piece.”

Now that he’s got him here in Seattle, Carroll will have to figure out how to keep Lynch here long term.

The Seahawks and Lynch have begun negotiations on just such a deal. But complicating matters could be Carolina’s recent signing of running back DeAngelo Williams (five years, $43 million, $21 million of which is guaranteed), and Chris Johnson’s new deal with Tennessee (six years, $56 million, $30 million of it guaranteed).Those high-dollar deals could make it hard for Seattle to sign Lynch at what the team considers a reasonable price.

“It is important, yeah,” Carroll said about getting a deal done. “I think it’s obvious that it is. We like him and he likes us. It’s a good thing, and hopefully we’re going to work something out.”

John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the Detroit Lions could serve as the Grinch that steals the Seahawks’ playoff hopes.

Art Thiel of writes that the reason for Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh’s cool relationship is simple – they’re pretty much the same guy, and have built their teams in a similar fashion.

Clare Farnsworth of writes about the solid play of Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the past three games, especially on defense.

But Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle tells T-Jack lovers to slow their role – a Jackson-led team won’t bring home a Super Bowl title says Moore.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Earl Thomas and Jon Ryan finished third in fans’ Pro Bowl voting, while Kam Chancellor finished fourth.

Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. previews the Seattle-San Francisco contest. You must be a Seahawks Insider to view this. He like San Francisco 20-17.

Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down blog gives Seattle a 47 percent win chance against the Niners.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Carroll told San Francisco-area reporters that Seattle’s special teams have improved since the team’s poor effort against the Niners in the first game of the year.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that San Francisco defensive linemen Justin Smith and Aldon Smith are playing at a high level.

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  1. I did not expect Aldon Smith to be as good as he’s been. That guy is a stud.

    I question the wisdom of not locking-up Lynch sooner. There were no holes to run through most of last year and early this year but he was still the same, young back. Now that’s they have waited until there have been some open holes, it’s going to cost them a lot more money.

    If someone like Trent Dilfer can “lead” his team to a Super Bowl win, then T-Jack could do it, too. However, winning a Super Bowl in spite of your QB isn’t a very smart recipe for success so it’s certainly not recommended. I want a real QB more than anything for Christmas (besides family health, world peace, or a million dollars).

  2. So BobbyK, do you think Jackson has the potential to be a better QB than Dilfer? Or do you think he’ll always fall short?

    I think he can be an above-average QB (Top Fifteen). The Seahawks should draft a QB to compete with him, but not necessarily in the first round.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I question the wisdom of not giving him the ball more than 20+ times a game until week 10. He’s not going anywhere. They’ll franchise him if necessary, but I don’t see it coming to that.

    As far as Seattle’s defense has come and as high as their ceiling is still, let’s understand that Baltimore’s defense when they won the Super Bowl was one of the best in NFL history. And Dilfer was brought in for only that one year. They just needed anyone who could manage 13 points a game. The Jackson situation here is much different. If Dilfer had been on the team as they were building that defense, I doubt he would he would have been there in 2000.

  4. Seahawkfan78 says:

    With Lynch running the way he is, Jackson can manage the game well enough to get us there. I think he needs to use his feet more then just waiting for something to develop. But it takes time, and maybe Pete is telling him to hang in there longer so he doesnt take as many chances of getting hurt. Also, it is also up to some of the play calling, which is very questionable at times.

    The Seahawks also have to resign some key players to get this to work. Heater, Big Red, Lynch just to name a few.

  5. Seahawkfan78 says:

    In McShay’s NFC West mock 2012 NFL draft: He has Seattle taking Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones at No. 16.
    I havent watch enough of the Oklahoma games. How good is this kid? does anyone like him?

  6. Dukeshire says:

    I’ve seen a few of his games and like him well enough. I know Eric’s not sold on him at all. There are several teams that need a QB, so that will elevate his stock, so to speak. But from what I’ve seen, he often misses high and does not look comfortable in a collapsing pocket. I would not like to see Seattle spend a 1st on him, but that’s what it will likely take to get him, if they want him.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think this game will be one of those old throwback smash mouth punch you in the gut kinda game!

    One thing for sure is the soft label is clearly off the Seahawks!

    The last two years have been up and down, but very entertaining and satisfying for me. Watching this team transform from a soft, small, old, and slow team, to a tough, big, young, and fast team is just amazing! And to be in the playoff hunt these last two years while transforming this team is even more amazing imo. And their finally learning how to win on the road.

    So looking forward to see how much better the Seahawks will get!

  8. Seahawkfan78 says:

    Thanks for the info Dukeshire

  9. Matt Leinert tweeted that Barkley is staying at USC for one more year……..

  10. freedom_X says:

    One thing we can depend on – the Seattle front office has an independent way of looking at players. If their QB evaluation bucks conventional draftnik wisdom. If they like the guy, they’ll take him #1 even if draftnik opinion is that he’s a lower round pick.

    How is Josh Portis coming along? Is there any chance he’s the next Dave Krieg/Tony Romo/Kurt Warner undrafted QB success story? Is he working hard and learning?

    If they give Lynch Zach Miller money I’d be OK with that. But RB is too devalued a position now to pay DeAngelo Williams money. At least Chris Johnson was (and may still be) an Adrian Peterson-type superstar. I just don’t believe there’s any other team in the NFL who would offer Lynch a Williams-type deal, though as long as the Raiders are around who knows.

    Though I love Lynch, I don’t think he’s a superstar RB (with Chris Johnson having regressed, Peterson is probably the only one in the NFL right now.) This is measuring running backs over a more historical period, not just who the best performing back in the NFL is right now.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    He’s not getting Chris Johnson money, or anything approaching it. I can see him getting into the Michael Turner / Frank Gore range, which is a hell of a lot.

  12. JazBadAzz says:

    Matt Barkley staying at USC, I knew he would, now Landry Jones stock will rise back into the top 10.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good choice for Barkley! Now he doesn’t have to play in Lucks shadow and USC will be back to being about the only PAC 12 team that can do anything to the SEC. With the USC receivers he will put up some monster numbers next year imo. National Champion? Heisman trophy winner? Complete education. Three good reasons right there to return.

    Bad for the Seahawks though.

  14. Canfan – I think Jackson could put up top 15 QB numbers with a great running game, solid pass protection (thanks, in part, to the dominant run game), and great receivers. Suddenly, this offense look potent moving into 2012 (except for QB). Just because I think he could put up top 15 numbers in no way reflects him being a top 15 QB though. If you put some decent QBs on crappy offenses and give them what the Seahawks will have on offense next season, their numbers would be better than what Jackson would do (if that makes any sense). It’s kind of like Tom Brady getting a Randy Moss and all of a sudden throwing a million TDs that one year. It’s not that Brady got better, it’s that he got Moss and Welker in one off-season which improved his stats.

    Bad news about Barkley staying at USC. I was hoping he’d be another option that would be in play. Somehow, someway, we need to get a QB.

  15. chuck_easton says:

    Not a problem about Barkley. Seattle wasn’t going to be high enough in the draft to get a top notch QB anyway. Now they can go DL in the 1st round and find a QB in the 2nd round.

    Who knows, after Matty gets cut in Tennessee maybe he comes back to Seattle with a more realistic view of his earning potential?

  16. Surprised Barkley is staying. He’s a pretty clear top-5 type pick – and that’s a lot of guaranteed money. So many injuries in football, you never know what can happen over the course of a senior year. I wish him well – guess he won’t be our QB though.

  17. chuck – I’ve thought of that the past few days and makes me ready to jizz my pants.

  18. Seahawks2620 says:

    I still feel as if Devon Still would be a great option for us in the first round. Barkley going back to USC, only furthers my desire to draft Still.

  19. nidhighe says:

    “I don’t know why because it ain’t Marshawn Lynch,” he said. “It’s the Seattle Seahawks, and then it’s Marshawn plays running back. I’m just a piece.”

    Good attitude.

  20. bird_spit says:

    Marshawn maybe the toughest single player on the team.. He is obviously the toughest dude on the offense.

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