Seahawks excited by their options in the running game this season

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The Seahawks got a glimpse of life without Marshawn Lynch last year, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell admitted it was going to be “different” without the enigmatic and retired running back.

But that’s not to say they’re not excited about the possibilities.

“He’s such a great player, but toward the end of the year last year we didn’t have him, as well,” Bevell said, via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “But we have so many more pieces now.”

Thomas Rawls ran well in Lynch’s stead last year, and when he returns from a broken ankle he’ll likely resume the bell-cow role in the backfield. But Bevell was high on the fleet of newcomers, including the three draft picks at the position as the Seahawks reloaded.

Coach Pete Carroll said the team had “a big plan” for third-rounder C.J. Prosise, and the early returns on Alex Collins and Zac Brooks are positive as well.

“The running back thing, as young as it is, it’s going to be a great spot to watch,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot of diversity there in the styles that the guys bring. I’m really excited about that one.”

Of course, the progress quarterback Russell Wilson made running a more well-rounded offense last year will probably be the biggest factor for the Seahawks this year, but they’ll still need to run, and they think they’ll be able to do it differently.

29 responses to “Seahawks excited by their options in the running game this season

  1. Thomas Rawls show it all as a rookie balance, speed, power and agility. One area he seems to need improvement is catching consistently – enter CJ Prosise 6 feet 220 pounds WR/RB convert that runs a 4.48. Excited to see what 3rd downs will look like with him flexed out wide (scheme the Hawks use often).

  2. Christine Michael ran hard and fast last year when he got back in after Rawls went down…he seems to have his head back on straight, and it’s not going to be easy for this years’ rooks to push past him.

    It’s certainly not going to be Beast Mode, but if the o-line is even slightly better than mediocre (and that’s always a big if with these ‘Hawks), some mouths will be smashed.

  3. NFL Defensive Coordinators will have a whole off-season to watch film of Thomas Rawls and figure out how to take him out of a game.

    If you’re going to use that limited sample set to project his future performances, you would have to label him injury prone and handcuff him to another quality running back.

    Rawls showed some flashes as a rookie and caught some teams by surprise, but it’s way too early to project him as a long-term replacement to a proven commodity like Marshawn Lynch.

    Year two is when NFL players prove whether or not they are flashes in the pan or long term stars. We’ll have to wait and see what Rawls does in 2016 to find out. Break a leg, Thomas.

  4. The running game isn’t going anywhere behind that weak offensive line. In addition Russell Wilson isn’t as effective scrambling as he once was as defenses have figured out his patterns.


  5. Translation:

    We’re badly going to miss the best running back we’ve ever had because his replacements aren’t nearly as good. But we’ve got to try and fill them, and our fanbase up with confidence with a lot of blustery coach-speak like this……….

  6. Yes, it is a weak offensive line but really only weak for pass blocking. Cable has them run blocking from the get-go. And Rawls had the best average in the League for yardage before contact (a sign of good blocking) and second for after contact (an indicator of running skills).

    The only question is how long before Cable can get them pass blocking effectively? Last year it wasn’t until the second half of the season and that was too late.

    But combined with an extra blocking TE (Vanett), a blocking RB on third downs who can also pass catch (Prosise), and the quicker timing releases of Wilson, I think the pass blocking is going to come together much sooner.

  7. It is all peachy until they remember an offensive line capable of blocking is needed as well. Collectively the o-line can be called “who”?

  8. well if they are so excited, maybe they will hand the ball off this time.

  9. Didnt realize the SH had picked up Prosise. If he runs half as well as he did at ND when not hurt he will be a good replacement for Beastmode.

  10. It will be a passing game and lots of scrambling. Unless the Hawks make a move for some quality O-line Wilson is going to be running and making plays hope these backs can catch…

  11. As someone mentioned earlier,Alex Colluns is a name to remember! Exceptional footwork and vision,thought he was very underratet out od Arkansas,if he buys im to taking care of his body and training as a #1 priority,he will be an all-pro back for years!

  12. And for those of you who keep bringing up “they should have run it” that was two Super Bowls ago. Let it go. Move on. Get some new material.

  13. Teams with the best RB situation in the NFC West:
    1. Rams
    2. Cardinals
    3. Seahawks
    4. 49ers

  14. theashleyguy says:
    Jun 23, 2016 1:46 PM
    And for those of you who keep bringing up the Seahawks “dynasty.” Let it go. Move on. Get some new material.
    Fixed that for ya

  15. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says:
    Jun 23, 2016 3:49 PM
    theashleyguy says:
    Jun 23, 2016 1:46 PM
    And for those of you who keep bringing up the Cardinals “dynasty.” Win a Super Bowl once in ever.
    Fixed that for ya

  16. Anyone who thinks that the Seahawks have a better running back situation than Todd Gurley’s Rams must be real high on Washington’s legalized weed. Not a Rams fan, but anyone who is in touch with reality knows he’s the Barry Sanders of this division, if not the NFC and the entire NFL. If it weren’t for the tough defenses in the NFC West, Gurley would easily put up 2,000 yards in 2016.

  17. AZs Running game and depth is much better than SEAs going into next season, esp when you compare the O Lines with AZ having two of the best if not the best pair of run blocking OGs in the NFL with an elite top 10 ranked LT & a 1st round pick n future LT Taking over at RT.

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