2011 Seahawks Running Back Analysis
Marshawn Lynch is the type of running back who needs to carry the ball 20 times a game because when he does he is able to pound the interior of a defense and soften it.
By the 4th quarter defenders are tired and don’t want to take the punishment anymore which is when he can take control of the game. He’s not the fastest back but he takes one cut and goes downhill. Lynch is probably the ugliest looking dude in the NFL but he is extremely powerful and has a secret weapon.
In Marshawn’s words that weapon is called the “baby stiff arm”. I’m pretty sure if you ask New Orleans Saints corner back Tracy Porter he would have a much different description.
Last year Leon Washington pretty much single handily beat the San Diego Chargers and proved that he had not only come back from his injury but that he was going to be a factor in games. He was rewarded with a new 4 year contract in the off season.
Leon brings that much needed home run threat and is a threat and can take it to the house anytime and it is important for the coaching staff to be creative and find a way to get him the ball a few times a game in space on offense.
If they can do that he will definitely have a few highlight reel type plays.
He lacks the size and power in short yardage situations.
The veteran in the Seahawks backfield is Justin Forsett. Justin is a small but stout running back who knows how to hide behind his lineman and pop out with a quick cut.
This makes it challenging for the opposing linebackers to keep track of him when they have multiple gap responsibilities.
He is strictly a change of pace and third down type back because he does not have the type of frame capable of holding up to the pounding of and every down back. Justin needs to work on his blitz recognition.
After Michael Robinson was injured in the first game of the season the Seahawks signed Eddie Williams off the Browns practice squad. Eddie certainly looks the part of a fullback and brings pass catching ability to the position.
He is a very raw young player who needs to work on his blocking in both the running and the passing game.