Seahawks OC Admits He Needs To Get Marshawn Lynch More Carries

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | 0

Marshawn Lynch

The Seattle Seahawk offense noticeably wasn’t itself during their 30-23 Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Stalwart running back Marshawn Lynch only got 10 carries, a number far below his usual workload.

While Lynch turned those carries into a respectable 61 yards, it was Seattle’s inability to control the clock that gave Dallas a chance to win the game with a late touchdown from DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell knows what he did wrong, and he was hit with a generous amount of criticism for it. He told the Tacoma News Tribune that he knows that’s all part of his job:

“Yeah, that’s part of it, you know. I mean, there’s going to be cries for everything, all the time.

The fantasy owners … I’m not a fantasy owner. I don’t care about anyone’s (fantasy) points. But I do care about us winning the game. And Marshawn is a huge key for us winning the game. And we do — and I — have to do a better job of giving him the ball.”

Bevell may not care about fantasy statistics, but the fact remains that Seattle’s path to success runs through Lynch’s punishing style. ‘Beast Mode’ has carried the ball more than 300 times in each of the past two seasons as the Seahawks rose to prominence, yet Lynch is only on pace to get 252 carries this year.

Following a dominant Super Bowl season in 2013, the Seahawks dropped a Week 2 contest to the surging San Diego Chargers. The Dallas loss put them at 3-2, and while it’s a respectable record in the tough NFC West, it isn’t up to the lofty standards they’ve set for themselves.

There’ve been whispers that the Seahawks’ offense has lost its identity, and that speculation may be true if the sideline spat between quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin holds any weight. Baldwin was spied yelling at Wilson, obviously frustrated at where the offense was headed. He said that while they do need to focus on Lynch more, their struggles are a matter of overall execution:

“I am a big proponent of running the ball and giving the ball to Marshawn, because he’s a beast. However, you know, we have to make our plays in the passing game, too. And that’s all the way around, down to the offensive line, the quarterback, to catching the ball. So it’s a collaborative thing.

I don’t think it’s necessarily ‘We need to do this or that.’ We need to execute what’s being called.”

Baldwin chooses to focus on the collective efforts of the offense, and it’s clear that Seattle has some sorting out to do if they want to get back to their championship form.

But at the heart of the matter, they’re the hunted now, as winning the title took away that predator-like attitude of going for their first Lombardi Trophy. Stars have been made out of each player, and while they’ve looked impressive during their three wins this season, tough teams have put them in some bad spots.

Will that continue in 2014, or can Seattle prove that they are still the best team in football?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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