The Seattle Seahawks are the defending champions and they won the title a year ago with a combination of tough hard running and great defense. The leader of the offense from a running perspective is Marshawn Lynch. When in “Beast Mode” is runs have been legendary and he has been the face of the franchise before Richard Sherman came to town. However, after winning a title, there is evidence that the Seahawks are headed in a different direction.
The coaching staff dresses it up with words like “lighten the load” but in reality, the Seahawks have other options at running back. Over the last three years he has averaged 300 carries as the go to guy in the Seattle offense. While he has done a great job, that kind of work load will wear the best of athletes down. Lynch is just 28, but in running back years that is old and he is looking to get more money. When an organization has to choose to pay a running back more money, it can be a difficult decision.
Second-year back Christine Michael has looked great for the birds when he has had the chance to run the rock. Maybe Seattle decides to try to make sure Lynch is healthy and ready for the post-season. As many will recall, especially the New Orleans Saints, Lynch was at his best in the playoffs a year ago. However, in reality this is a chance for the Seahawks to get a long look at Michael to see if he is capable of taking over the lead role on a full time basis.
There is also the money issue. From a salary-cap standpoint, Seattle can’t keep all of their best players as contracts are coming up. What the Seahawks must do to maintain a championship level is continue to get quality play from young players, rookies, undrafted free agents, etc., to fill the gaps. That is a sign that Lynch could be on his way out as the Seahawks will have to pony up some cash to keep Russell Wilson at quarterback.
Michael only had 18 carries a season ago for this team and many of those carries were in games that were well in hand at that time. Despite the limited action, he is drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. That is a pretty nice comparison and good news for Seattle if he can even come close to looking like the sure fire Hall of Famer. Michael is the running back of the future and will surely demand a larger role within the Seahawks’ offense and that is bad news for Lynch. Instead of a contract extension, Seattle could bid farewell to Beast Mode.
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