Friday, April 11, 2014
The No. 4 best player for the Seahawks
By Terry Blount
In the continuing countdown of the top 12 players for the Seattle Seahawks entering the 2014 season, this man is just a Skittles-loving beast who prefers to let others do the talking.
No. 4: Running back Marshawn Lynch -- Seattle's offense is based on the power running game and it all revolves around this man. Lynch is the key cog to what the Seahawks want to accomplish as an offense.
Marshawn Lynch let his play do the talking during the Seahawks' championship run in 2013.
He rushed for 1,257 yards in 2013, the third consecutive season he topped 1,000 yards rushing, and tied his career high of 12 regular-season rushing touchdowns. Lynch also had 36 receptions for 316 yards and two receiving TDs.
He was a big factor in the team's first two playoff wins last season, rushing for 140 yards against New Orleans and scoring on a 40-yard TD run against San Francisco.
Lynch epitomizes Seattle's physical style of play, a punishing runner in the same mold as Hall of Famer Earl Campbell. Lynch will run over would-be tacklers, but he also can run around them.
It's Beast-mode for Seattle fans, a term that's become Lynch's trademark. He is one of the most popular players on the team, and fans came to his defense when the NFL insisted Lynch start doing media interviews for the playoffs.
Lynch prefers to do his job and avoid talking about it. When the league made him talk, it became a bit of a distraction and ridiculous sideshow Super Bowl week with his brief responses.
The fans and his teammates, had his back. When parade day came after the Super Bowl victory, Lynch was the star of the show in front of an estimated 750,000 fans. He sat on the front of an iconic Seattle duck boat/bus and threw Skittles to the crowd.
Lynch does his talking with a football under his arm while running for touchdowns. For his loyal Seahawks fans, that says enough.
Contract status: Starting the third year of a four-year, $31 million contract that pays him $5.5 million this season and counts $7 million in cap space.