If Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is going to have to adapt to the team’s new offense, the adaptation will have to come quickly.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he expects Lynch to start on Sunday at Minnesota, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Carroll added that Lynch, who rejoined the team on Monday, wouldn’t be back if he wasn’t ready to play.
Lynch appeared in seven regular-season games, generating 417 rushing yards and an average of 3.8 yards per attempt. Over the past seven weeks, the offense has developed into an air-based attack, with quarterback Russell Wilson throwing 24 touchdown passes and one interception during a 6-1 run to end the regular season, after a 4-5 start.
Lynch last played one game before the seven-game kick to the finish began. Now that he’s back, it’ll be interesting to see how much the approach on offense changes. Regardless of how much (and how well) Lynch plays, it’s safe to say that the Seahawks have initiated their post-Beast Mode plan, and that anything positive he adds at this point will only be a bonus.
Considering that the Seahawks beat the Vikings in Minnesota 38-7 without him, there’s a chance it will be even uglier this time around.