Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Feb. 9 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Lynch Has A Hall Of Fame Case
With running back Marshawn Lynch illustrating that he intends to call it a career after nine seasons in the NFL, six of which were spent with the Seahawks, ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando, the Seattle-area selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, shares five initial thoughts on why "Beast Mode" has a case to be enshrined alongside the NFL's greats in Canton, Ohio when he becomes eligible for consideration five years after his retirement is official.
The first of Sando's five thoughts has to do with the dominance Lynch displayed on the football field:
We will not remember Lynch as a compiler of stats. He was a game-changing force. A long list of running backs have rushed more times for more yards than Lynch, but few struck fear into opposing coaches and players the way Lynch consistently did during his five-plus seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. I've watched game tape with coaches who pointed out defenders making what they called "business decisions" to avoid collisions with Lynch. The way Lynch ran, preserved by his "Beast Mode" run against the Saints in the playoffs five years ago, is what differentiates him.
Sando then points to Lynch's importance during Seattle's appearances in back-to-back Super Bowls, noting that Lynch ranks third in NFL history with six 100-yard rushing games in the postseason, behind just 2016 Hall of Fame finalist Terrell Davis and 2010 inductee Emmitt Smith:
While the league has shifted toward passing to set up the run, Seattle ran its offense through Lynch, increasing his value. Lynch led the league in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns across the 2011 through 2014 seasons as Seattle ran the ball 45.5 percent of the time, the NFL's highest percentage. This was part of the Seahawks' championship formula as they reached consecutive Super Bowls, winning one.
Sando calls out the similarities between Lynch's career numbers and those of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell and alludes to Lynch's effectiveness as an all-around back before closing by saying testimonials from Lynch's opponents should help his Hall of Fame claim:
*I've always enjoyed speaking with candidates' opponents in private to gain a better understanding for whether a player is worthy of enshrinement. These testimonials usually count more than the ones teammates provide, for obvious reasons. There will be no shortage of testimonials for Lynch, who was one of the most respected players in the league over the past few seasons. *
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from ESPN's Adam Shefter, who compares Lynch's career numbers to those of former Houston Oilers/New Orleans Saints running back Earl Campbell, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle reviews the legacy Marshawn Lynch will leave and ranks the best 15 plays from the running back's time in Seattle.
Here's a look back at the Top 10 quotes from Lynch's Seahawks career.
The Seahawks signed 18 players to future 2016 contracts on Monday, 13 of whom spent time on Seattle's roster in some capacity this past season.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com shares thoughts on Lynch's career.
ESPN Stats & Information looks at where Lynch's postseason numbers rank among the all-time greats.
Doug Farrar at SI.com comments on Lynch's decision to leave football behind.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times says Lynch leaves behind a legacy like no other.
Dave Boling at the Seattle Times says Lynch lived up to every promise in Seattle.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com measures Lynch's impact in Seattle.
And the Associated Press says the Seahawks are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season.
On October 5, 2010, the Seahawks acquired Marshawn Lynch and in his nine years in the NFL Lynch has made some truly spectacular plays, rightfully earning the nickname Beast Mode.