Written By: Peter Vandeventer
It’s official: No. 24 is making his return to Seattle. The Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch have agreed to terms on a one-year deal that will bring back “Beast Mode” for the division title game against the 49ers and hopefully a long playoff run.
This Seahawks team has become a little too accustomed to injuries and the backfield that once was one of the deepest in the league is now scrambling for healthy backs.
Due to Chris Carson (fractured hip), Rashaad Penny (ACL tear), and CJ Prosise (broken arm) now done for the year, it will be interesting to see how the offseason will turnout.
Lynch, who hasn’t played in Seattle since 2015, hasn’t set foot on a football field in the last 14 months. But according to Pete Carroll, he thinks that Marshawn “may have four or five good games left in him.” And since he has signed, chances are he still is in football shape.
Marshawn had 376 rushing yards (4.2YPC) in six games for his hometown Raiders last season. With Seattle, Marshawn had 6,347 yards with 57 TDs and averaged 4.4 yards per carry.
A lot has changed in Seattle since Lynch last donned the neon green and dark blue: new OC, new blocking scheme (and OL coach), and an entirely new supporting cast minus Russ and Lockett. But one person who’s still there is Pete Carroll and he loves both his run game and Marshawn.
Seattle will likely use both Travis Homer and Marshawn Lynch for the remainder of the season as a backfield by committee. “Beast Mode” is not the only new Seahawks running back as they also signed Robert Turbin. Also, they have Xavier Turner on the PS.
The Seahawks also have to worry about the strong 49er defensive front against the suspect Seahawks offensive line, especially with Duane Brown being down for a few weeks. Schotty will have a new weapon at his disposal and will have all week to design a plan that will utilize Marshawn’s running style (which isn’t that much different than Chris Carson).
Whatever happens, expect Lynch to be ready to roll when the 49ers come to town next Sunday night and duel for the divisional title. Just pop a bag of Skittles and run at the face of the 49ers defense. He’s a different breed as a running back and is willing to put his body on the line; the question is are the 49ers will do the same?