Lynch still carries Seattle's offense
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch is the horse that drives the Seattle Seahawks' offense.
Despite the emergence of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the offense revolves around the running game and the physical style of Lynch.
Lynch has the second-most carries of any running back in the league through 11 weeks, trailing only Houston's Arian Foster. Lynch has 212 carries for 1,005 yards, the fourth 1,000 yard season of his career, and trails only Foster and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in the race for the rushing title.
"He's the ultimate competitor. He's a true worker, true warrior out there on the field. He's just going until he dies out there. He'll take it every single time and you love that about him," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.
Lynch has been listed on the injury report for all but two weeks this season with back and wrist injuries, but it hasn't hampered him on Sundays. Lynch runs as hard as any running back in the league, routinely earning extra yards, but he also takes more blows than just about any back in the league.
With a capable backup in Robert Turbin and the passing game becoming more dynamic every week as Wilson progresses, it seems logical that Seattle would try to lighten Lynch's workload to preserve him for the rest of the season.
But to head coach Pete Carroll the opposite is true, the Seahawks want to give the ball to Lynch even more.
"Honestly I think the other way around. We need to get him some more carries. He's doing fine, and he's really done a beautiful job of taking care of himself," Carroll said.
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