Seahawks to use Robert Turbin at fullback for now

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Robert Turbin found out less than 10 minutes before kickoff that he was going to be called into duty at fullback for the Seattle Seahawks last week against the St. Louis Rams after starter Derrick Coleman broke a bone in his foot during pregame warm ups.

Despite never having played the position before in his football career, Turbin performed adequately enough that the Seahawks apparently feel comfortable with Turbin leading the way for Marshawn Lynch in Coelman’s absence.

“You’ve got to take your hat off to him,” offensive line coach Tom Cable said Wednesday. “That happens in pregame warm ups, which no one is ready for that. You sit down and start thinking ‘OK, what are we going to do.’ That was the obvious choice. He took the challenge and he did great.”

Seattle did have veteran Greg Jones in for a workout on Tuesday but have apparently elected to stick with the status quo in the meantime.

Turbin says he’s up for the job.

“Absolutely,” Turbin said. “I just want to win. I want to help the team as much as I can. I’m a team guy. If they need me to take on the role for the next few weeks or whatever the case may be, than sure.”

Coleman is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks due to the broken foot.

The Seahawks may not run as much of their traditional two-back offense with Turbin as their full-time fullback now. Even with the trade of Percy Harvin, the Seahawks have two rookie draft picks in Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood at receiver they also want to get more involved in their offense. The lack of a traditional fullback could lead Seattle to go with Lynch solo in the backfield more often.

8 responses to “Seahawks to use Robert Turbin at fullback for now

  1. Hope they get to rush Newton, the db’s cover their ground, the oline buys Wilson some time….get Lynch the ball by other means(not straight into the battle) i.e screens, pitches or tosses outside or sadly the seahawks are done

  2. Like it. Way to continue with next man up and knowing you already have the personnel to get it done. Things will start clicking…non of the losses have been blow-outs and regardless of their record, we’ve always had tough games on the road at St. Louis. When we were in the AFC, that tough road game, regardless of their record was K..C.
    May have something to do with the long road-trip and early start, when Seattle is acclimated to the Pacific time zone.

  3. Using Turbin at full back is terrible idea. He is a big HB but doesn’t have the power or leg drive you think he would and that showed in the loss to the Rams. Spencer Ware, Keiro Small all would be far better options because either they played the position a couple of years in our system or the other has been playing it his whole life.

  4. Turbin, has the biggest biceps and triceps of any HB in the league, and yet if you even place a finger on him he goes down on the spot. Good they get some productive use for him because he’s no good at HB.

    Agreed, Bevell has to GO – Like yesterday!

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