In my story today, some folks believed Marshawn Lynch would turn soft and unproductive after inking a four year, $32 million deal this offseason, but take a look at the NFL rushing leaders.
Lynch is at the top of the list.
The Seattle Seahawks running back has 423 yards on 92 carries and has scored two rushing touchdowns. Lynch is averaging a robust 4.6 yards per carry, has twice run for more than 100 yards in a game and is on pace to rush for a career-best 1,692 yards this season.
Last season, Lynch posted career highs of 1,202 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, earning his second Pro Bowl selection.
If Lynch finishes with at least 1,000 yards this season, he’ll be the first Seattle runner since Shaun Alexander in 2004-05 to run for at least 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
“The effort he plays with is infectious,” tight end Zach Miller said. “It makes all of the linemen want to block harder for him, and a lot of times he is carrying a lot of guys, breaking I don’t know how many tackles he breaks – but I know it’s at least one a play.”
Michael Lombardi of NFL.com argues why it’s time for Seattle to start Matt Flynn. Lombardi: “No, current Seahawks backup Matt Flynn did not ask me to write this column. But he has to be sitting on the sideline, counting the money he received in the deal he signed this offseason and wondering what Wilson does that he cannot do. He has to be thinking that he might be better for the Seahawks right now, considering his level of experience and understanding of the pro game.
“Let’s face it, the Seahawks are never going to have an explosive offense, whether it’s led by Flynn or Wilson, but they have to score more points somehow. Would Flynn help them do that? My guess is he would.”
Former Seahawks quarterback Warren Moon says that it’s time to loosen the reins on Wilson. Moon: “If you want to get the most out of Russell Wilson, get him more involved in what you’re doing offensively, let him throw the football, let him play action, let him get outside, let him do some of those things that he does best, that he was doing in the preseason. They’re not doing that right now.”
Adam Schein of NFL.com takes a look at all 10 teams sitting at 2-2 heading into Week 5. He believes the Seahawks will compete for a wild card spot, but finish out of the playoffs around .500 this season.
Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times writes that Pete Carroll’s decision to start Russell Wilson has painted the team into a corner that he can’t wiggle out of. Kelly: “Carroll said Monday that there still is a quarterback competition. But, if at some point he does make a change, he has made the transition very difficult for Flynn. He should have started with Flynn. A quarter of the season is gone. The NFC West is markedly improved, but the promising Seahawks have been mediocre. When we look back on this season, will Carroll be considered a visionary or a villain? Will he win forever, or be .500 forever? “
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times attempts to decode Pete Carroll’s comments on the Matt Flynn injury situation.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes an early look at this week’s opponent for Seattle – the Carolina Panthers.
The National Football Post moves Seattle down to No. 16 in their power rankings.
Brandon Schulze, a member of the Military Sea Hawkers, defends Pete Carroll staying with Russell Wilson, comparing this year’s team to the 2009 New York Jets when they were led to the AFC Championship game with a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez.
Chris Case of USA Today reports a man in Ontario won $725,000 in a pick ‘em contest on Seattle receiver Golden Tate’s debatable, game-winning touchdown catch against Green Bay, giving him a perfect 15 for 15 in a Canadian lottery game on a $5 wager.
Looks like former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora is back at it again, according to this article in Deadspin. He better learn how to get on the good side of Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers. Maybe Carroll could offer a few tips.