Choo, choo. All aboard the hype train that is Seattle Seahawks running back, Christine Michael.
What started off with Seattle’s general manager praising the young back has turned into a storm of promotion, including a former coach who says Michael’s explosiveness is on par with Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.
Via Twitter, ESPN’s Louis Riddick reiterated that Texas A&M’s strength coach suggests the two have a very similar explosive skill that sets them apart from other backs in the league.
“Have said B4..Strength coach at A&M, who trained both Michael and A.Peterson, told me Christine’s athletic explosiveness is on par with A.P.”
The second-year back has continually impressed the Seahawks coaching staff, so much so that in the past few weeks we’ve sent from Michael being given ‘more carries’ to what is being called a running back by committee approach, though starter Marshawn Lynch is still expected to get the heaviest of the work.
Regardless, it’s clear that Michael’s hype is reaching absurdly high levels, though that might not be the best for he or the Seahawks.
While many are fully aware of Michael’s talent, the expectations being put on the young back (who isn’t even a starter) are getting unrealistic and while nobody is comparing the actual game of Michael with Peterson, the fact the two have their names linked together is concerning enough.
Reddick went on to say that if Michael is given the needed carries, he’ll show that he’s the most talented running back to be drafted in the past five years.
Clearly, big things are being expected. Hopefully the hype isn’t too much for the extremely talented back.