Thursday, August 28, 2014
Lynch and Chancellor make Top 100 list
By Terry Blount
Beast Mode and Bam Bam are on the list.
Running back Marshawn Lynch and strong safety Kam Chancellor are the two Seattle Seahawks to appear Thursday on ESPN.com’s continuing countdown of the Top 100 offensive and defensive players in the NFL.
Lynch comes in at No. 14 on offense, and Chancellor is No. 16 on defense.
Lynch, 28, has been the heart and soul of the Seattle offense since he was acquired from the Buffalo Bills in 2010.
Since Lynch joined the Seahawks in Week 6 of 2010, he ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards (4,624), rushing touchdowns (41) and yards after contact (2,000), behind only Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson in each category.
Lynch epitomizes the hard-hitting, aggressive style of football that the Seahawks play. He is a virtual bulldozer of a running back, possibly the most physical runner since Earl Campbell in the 1970s.
Lynch is the workhorse of the team’s power-running offense. He has 901 carries over the past three seasons, rushing for more than 1,200 in each of those seasons.
But he became an overnight cult-hero to Seahawks fans with his 67-yard TD run in the Jan. 8, 2011 playoff game against New Orleans that came to be known as the Beast Quake. As Lynch was breaking tackle after tackle on the amazing run, the frenzied reaction from the crowd as CenturyLink Field caused a seismic event in downtown Seattle.
It’s fitting that Lynch and Chancellor appear on the countdown together because Chancellor conveys the physical presence on defense that Lynch brings to the offense.
Chancellor (6-3, 230) is widely regarded as the hardest hitter in the NFL. He has a highlight reel filled with bone-jarring tackles on receivers, running backs and even offensive linemen.
It’s his big hits that people remember, but Chancellor consistently makes tackles that stop drives and disrupt what offenses are trying to do.
Chancellor tied Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner for the team lead with 34 tackles in the three postseason games last season, but ESPN Stats & Information revealed it was the most tackles in the postseason by a defensive back since 2001.
The Seahawks now have 11 players on the countdown so far. The four other offensive players are center Max Unger (84), offensive tackle Russell Okung (65), receiver Percy Harvin (50) and quarterback Russell Wilson (26).
The five other defensive players listed are defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (94), outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (87), defensive end Cliff Avril (57), middle linebacker Wagner (41) and defensive end Michael Bennett (34).