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Monday in Hawkville: Don’t forget about Marshawn Lynch
PLAYER OF THE DAY: MARSHAWN LYNCH
|A PEAK AT PRACTICE
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With the players off, there was no practice and therefore no plays of the day. But there was this nagging thought: How can we have made it through the first four practices without “featuring” the team’s leading rusher?
Can it be that the consistent excellence of Lynch’s impressive efforts has become blasé on a team with so many good-to-excellent young players? In a word, no. In two words, no way.
The Seahawks ran the ball more than any team in the NFL last season (536 times), and Lynch contributed a career-high 315 carries in an era where 300-carry backs are becoming a vanishing breed – there were five last season and two in 2011; compared to 10 each in 2005 and 2006.
It took a podium interview session with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after Saturday’s practice to reinforce just how important the team’s Beast Mode back is to everything Seahawks. The question was whether Lynch would have a similar number of carries this season, what with running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin being drafted the past two years and the emergence of quarterback Russell Wilson and the passing game in the second half of the 2012 season.
“Yes,” was Bevell’s rapid response. “You know we are a run-first team. I mean that sets up everything that we do offensively. I mean it’s our philosophy. It’s our toughness. And it’s all the things that we preach here.”
“We want to make them one-dimensional,” Bowman told NFL Total Access recently when asked whether the 49ers focus their preparations on taking away Lynch or Wilson. “Marshawn Lynch has been carrying that team for a long time. We have to stop the Beast before we worry about anything else.”
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“He’s as tough as the nails he hides in his beard.”
While we’re on the subject, here’s Bevell’s assessment of the group that is led by Lynch and includes Pro Bowl-caliber fullback Michael Robinson, second-year back Derrick Coleman, sixth-round draft choice Spencer Ware and just-signed Ray Holley in addition to Turbin and Michael:
“It’s still early. We’re still letting it play out right now. But we really like our depth, when you have Robert Turbin sitting on the bench right now (with a foot injury) and then these two young guys (Michael and Ware). For them to get all the reps, we’re getting a look at them to see what they can do. And it’s really a strong backfield.”
With Robinson sitting out two of the first four practices because of a sore ankle, Coleman got some work at fullback along with Ware.
The players return from their first off day of camp for a 10:15 practice on Tuesday morning. They’ll also practice at 10:15 on Wednesday and Thursday before holding a mock game at 1 p.m. on Friday.