A few eyebrows were raised this past week when Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator let it be known during a town hall meeting that the team will be using the running back by committee approach for the 2014 season with the emergence of Christine Michael.
Well, that also had people talking about the future of the back that has carried the team the past few years –sometimes literally– Marshawn Lynch, who turns 28-years-old soon, getting closer to that dreaded 30-mark.
As Larry Stone of the Seattle Times wrote, though, there should be no need to worry about Lynch’s status because as it comes down to crunch time late in the season as they defend their Super Bowl title, Lynch will put everyone on his back once again.
My hunch is that Lynch still has some quality miles left in him. And that when it comes to the heat of the season — rather than the speculative nature of the offseason — Lynch will still be the Seahawks’ workhorse, and their go-to offensive weapon.
In the same article, to follow that up, Bob Condotta put it best when he said that while there will be some diversity in the backfield this season, Lynch is still the ‘Chairman of the Board.’
As I wrote a couple of days ago, there are lots of ways to define “committee” and we haven’t really heard or seen how the Seahawks plan to make that work yet. There may be a committee this season, but I’d still expect Lynch to be the Chairman of the Board.
It is going to be exciting to see what Michael can bring to the table this season for the champs, but as these two Seattle gentlemen stated, when it’s time to get down to business, it’ll be Lynch putting in the grunt work.