Chris Carson becomes the guy in Seattle, finally

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Yes, the Seattle offense still has questions. On Sunday, however, it finally obtained an answer: Rookie Chris Carson is the team’s top option at tailback.

Carson, in his second career game, gained 93 yards on 20 carries. Veteran Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch, and Thomas Rawls (believed to be the guy entering the season) had four yards on five carries.

“Chris looked really good,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “I thought Chris has shown us nothing but really positive stuff.  There is a style about the way he runs that you might recognize.  High knees and chomping and eating that ground up.  He’s really downhill at you. We’ve seen it for a long time, and we just keep hoping to see it continue. I think we have something. I think he’s a really good football player.

“I say that because he’s a good pass blocker, and he’s a good catcher, and he’s a good route runner, and he can contribute on [special teams] too.  That’s a lot of real positives for a first time guy.   Really, he has very little background.  A junior college kid, didn’t play much as a junior.  I think he carried the ball 80-something times as a senior.  He has not had a lot of football behind him, but you would never know it.  That’s not what we’re seeing, and that’s not what we saw in the offseason in finding him. I’m really fired up for him.”

The praise is warranted, and possibly overdue. As one league source told PFT, some of Carson’s teammates believed Carson should have been the guy all along.

But he now is. And we’ll see where he can take the Seattle running game from here.

17 responses to “Chris Carson becomes the guy in Seattle, finally

  1. He’s lucky he was drafted by the hawks. They will cut lacy and some of you will say what a mistake they made. Teams make mistakes but the hawks aren’t so proud they wear it. They could have kept running lacy out there to save face but like the Matt Flynn and Percy harvin situation they eat it and move on. Too many times you see teams sign guys and give them way too much rope because they don’t wanna look bad.

  2. I’ve heard this same take on Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls and CJ Prosise from Pete and Seahawk fan.
    Nice game for Carson, but until he can put more than one or two of these together, I will assume he is just another guy.
    Looks to me like Lynch is better than any of those guys and that is at age 31 and after a year on the couch.
    Of course Lynch is running behind a real offensive line, you can’t say the same for whatever it is you call that group of turnstiles in Seattle.

  3. Lacy doesn’t appear to want it bad enough, Rawls can’t stay healthy and unfortunately isn’t the bruiser and needs bigger holes to be effective (makes me wonder if Rawls should be the 3rd down back instead of Prosise) but Carson is a bruiser, is hungry, and the type of back Pete and his scheme desire.

    Pretty telling that Seattle is paying Lscy Like $5 million this year and he didn’t even dress.

  4. number1hawkfan says:

    …Too many times you see teams sign guys and give them way too much rope because they don’t wanna look bad…

    Like RG3? 😉

  5. All the Seattle RBs will have a capped ceiling, if Russell Wilson doesn’t pull it together. OK, bad O-line. We get it. There’s a lot of that going around in the NFL right now, but somehow other QBs are still able to find receivers or backs to move the ball. No one’s mentioning O-coordinator Darrell Bevell as being the problem, but he sure ain’t helping the cause. Spotlight: shown.

  6. “…Too many times you see teams sign guys and give them way too much rope because they don’t wanna look bad…

    Like RG3? 😉”

    Yes. Or like Luke Joeckel.

  7. “…Too many times you see teams sign guys and give them way too much rope because they don’t wanna look bad…

    Like RG3? 😉”

    Yes. Or like Luke Joeckel.

    Or like Jimmy Graham?

  8. r502 says:
    September 18, 2017 at 12:27 am
    I’ve heard this same take on Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Thomas Rawls and CJ Prosise from Pete and Seahawk fan.
    _______

    Quit lying. You have not. The only one of all of those who has been mentioned of being the guy is Rawls. And if not for injuries, he still would be the guy.

  9. The one thing that ‘kind of’ worked. Look for their OC Bevell to fool Tennessee by trying to pass every down.

  10. Anyone else done with Jimmy Graham?

    We could have two good OL for what we pay that guy. He had good numbers last year but he isn’t worth the price tag at all. Not in this offense.

    And no I don’t think it was a bad trade. Max Unger was always hurt and we have a really good center in Britt. They were dumping salary and Seattle took advantage, it just isn’t working out with his long injury and Bevell not figuring out how to make him a weapon to be feared.

    In Carson I see a lot of Marshawn in him. By that I mean he turns two yard losses into one yard gains somehow when everyone else on this team would’ve been stopped in their tracks. Lacy would bounce backwards five yards like he can’t plant his feet. Carson always seems to move that pile forward a bit before going down.

    Carson also looks like Marshawn in that he will wear the other team down over the course of the game and start getting those ten-yard chunks in the 4th quarter on plays that only get 2 yards in the 1rst..

    It is a mentality…if the OL sees Marshawn or Carson being hardnose, nasty runners…working for every yard, they will be more inclined to have the same energy. How many times did Breno get all crazy pumped and run some poor sap over in the pile for Marshawn? Yeah it was a 15 yard penalty but that mentality has a value.

    You saw the opposite of this yesterday with Elliott quitting and the Cowboys getting rolled.

    Seahawks need to get back to this junkyard dog mentality and Carson is its best chance.

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