When it comes to which player will receive the bulk of the carries at running back for the Seahawks against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday at CenturyLink Field - Bryce Brown, Derrick Coleman, or Christine Michael - Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the team will use all three players and ride the hot hand.
“You’re going to see us mix the guys in there and see who’s hot, see if we can tell who’s effective for us," Carroll told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson on Friday morning. "All three guys looked really good in practice during the week."
The Seahawks re-signed Brown and Michael to the active roster this week after placing rookie Thomas Rawls (ankle) on injured reserve. Incumbent starter Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) continues to recover from surgery and has "a really good chance" to return this season. But in the meantime, it will be up to a mix of Brown, Coleman, and Michael to carry the load, with veteran Fred Jackson remaining in his role as Seattle's third-down back.
"With Derrick Coleman and 240-something pounds he runs big and thick and strong, you’ll see Christine Michael at the other end of the spectrum is really flashy and really explosive, and Bryce is kind of in the middle at almost 230 pounds, he’s got really good speed and really good hands and he’s done a lot of good running in his past.
"So we’re going to mix our guys and call on the system and call on the philosophy to mix our run and pass to get us the kind of rhythm that we need to make sure we can cut it loose with Russell and the receivers and Doug and all the fellas that are doing well and see how that comes together.
"We’re going to have to see through the game and we’ve had a very successful week. I think it’s going to be exciting to see how it turns out.”
The Seahawks and Cleveland Browns have met 17 times in the regular season, with the Seahawks winning 11 games and the Browns winning 6 games. Before their 18th matchup this Sunday at CenturyLink Field, take a throwback look at moments from every game dating as far back as 1977.