After Six Weeks, has Marshawn Lynch Been worth Seattle’s Investment?

Six weeks have come and gone since the Seahawks made a move to try and revitalize a running game that was among the National Football League’s worst to start the season.

Out was Julius Jones – completely – and Justin Forsett as the team’s primary rushers and in came Marshawn Lynch, a 24-year-old from Buffalo who ran for over 1,000 yards in two of his first four seasons as a pro with the Bills, for a fourth-round pick in April’s Draft and a conditional one in next year’s. The moves generated buzz amid many of the Seahawks’ faithful, but, looking back, has it all been worth it?

The answer might not be as clear as one would think.

Seattle’s gone 3-3 in that time and the ground game still hasn’t eclipsed the one-hundred-yard average mark this season. In fact, despite increasing their per-game average by 4.2 yards since Lynch’s arrival, the Seahawks have actually dropped from 29th to 30th in the league in the category.

Lynch hasn’t had a one-hundred-yard game since coming to the Pacific Northwest and has just one game of over 48 rushing yards. His touchdowns in a Seattle uniform match the number of fumbles he’s lost – two.

Numbers can be deceiving, though. In each of the three Seattle losses since Lynch joined the team, the game had gotten out of hand. The Seahawks had been outscored by a combined 79 points and were forced to abandon their run game. In fact, Lynch has had just two games since coming to Seattle in which he has had more than 13 carries; however, in the one game that he toted the football more than 20 times – a 22-10 Week Seven win against Arizona – the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Lynch ate up 89 yards and had a 39-yard scamper, his longest of the season.

The Seahawks have also been without starting left tackle Russell Okung for half of the time that Lynch has spent thus far with the team. Of the 253 rushing yards that Lynch has accumulated thus far in Seattle, 169 have come in the three games that the rookie lineman from Oklahoma State has played.

Head coach Pete Carroll has raved about Lynch during his weekly Wednesday press conferences, saying that his presence has been felt as early as day one at practice. Fans might disagree, but should they?

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3 Responses to “After Six Weeks, has Marshawn Lynch Been worth Seattle’s Investment?”

  1. RandomThoughts says:

    There’s really just two things I noticed enough about Lynch on the field:
    Thar one power run against the Giants when he carried ~7 defenders several yards to the first down and the day against New Orleans which is probably best written off as a one off bad day that might hopefully not come around again.

  2. Hawk_Eye says:

    How can anyone who knows anything about football not say Lynch was worth a 4th round draft choice. Are you kidding me? Get real! He was a steal!

  3. Surly says:

    I dont think this was at all a bust. The beat up O-Line (which shuffles every week) has enough on its plate to protect Matt. That is all I can really expect of them…and I agree, it was only a 4th round pick so who cares??