Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell signaled a change in philosophy for the Seahawks offense last week when he said that the team was “going to be running back by committee” in 2014.
Marshawn Lynch has been a high-producing bell cow in the running game and helped propel the Seahawks to the Super Bowl last season, which would make a shift to a committee approach a significant one for the team’s offense. It seems that the shift will only extend as far as the offseason program, however. Bevell said Monday that he was only talking about how the team would be handling the running back position in the OTAs that Lynch has opted not to attend.
“I was thinking more out here. We’re kind of rolling all those guys. Really like what we’re seeing from them and just kind of moving them around,” Bevell said, via the team’s website. “That’s not our policy. It’s not something we talk about or do that way. So it’s just something I threw out there and really was thinking about the OTAs.”
Robert Turbin was the chief backup to Lynch last season, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see Christine Michael see more work than the 18 carries he had as a rookie last season even if the split falls short of committee status. If Michael and Turbin do well, they could move into a truer rotation in 2015 should the Seahawks decide the cap savings from parting ways with Lynch can be put to better use.