Is the Ground Game Coming Back to Seattle?

Everyone looked great on Lynch’s 3rd touchdown of the game .  Especially Chris Spencer and Michael Robinson.

Spencer has seemed to teeter between being a great center and giving it a try on another team. He’s a first round guy who never turned the corner like you wanted him to. On this play, however, he looks like a legit Center destroying his man and clearing the way for a determined Lynch.

Michael Robinson clears out the right side by getting leveled, however, a block’s a block, and without it, Lynch gets a significant carry but not for a touchdown.

Once Lynch is free of the line of scrimmage, he starts to drift right, shifts left, and then delivers the hard move back to the right scooping up his defender’s pride and continuing on for the touchdown.

This play was very reminiscent of Shaun Alexander except that it was actually outside the 20 yard line and was not a primetime game. (rim shot)

The blocking up front and Lynch’s move were a tremor in the Seattle running game. A rumble in an otherwise sleeping ground attack which has had trouble mustering anything past the line of scrimmage. I’d call it a 2.1 on the Richter scale.

My hope is that it’s a sign of things to come. The slow awakening of the Beast rather than a burp and a roll over then back to sleep.

So far Pete Carroll has seemed to keep his head above the water in the shallow pools of the NFC West. He has accumulated the building blocks of Russell Okung and Marshawn Lynch to help create a running game that has been non existent for 3 seasons.

It’s a tough task, but the Seahawks are headed in the right direction. Be hopeful for the healthy return of Max Unger and a 1st or 2nd round draft pick being used on the O-Line next season.

Until then keep your fingers crossed as the Hawks gear up for Division rivals, San Francisco. It sure would be nice to crush any hope the 49ers had of post season play and gain the momentum needed heading into the season finale against the Rams.


Prediction: 49ers 17 Hawks 23

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  • DarthRandall

    From what I have seen, Spencer has turned the corner this year. I have noticed a few big runs that were sprung in part, because Chris Spencer blew his man out. I’m not ready to say he’s all there yet. He has made a few mistakes, but he looks like he could be what we drafted him to be–our next Robbie Tobeck. The line really needs to pick up a young guard and maybe another tackle.

    Also, has anyone else noticed how incredibly different the running game is when Michael Robinson is playing? A fullback is to the running game as a basist is to a metal band. People barely notice he’s there, but when he isn’t nobody gets moving.

  • Riley Moore

    Wow! That’s a bold statement comparing Spencer to Tobeck.

    I want him to be Tobeck good. Don’t get me wrong. That’s just a bold statement.



  • Brian Schmidt

    I think I’ll know when they have their ground game back. It will happen when it’s 3rd and 1 and my stomach isn’t in knots.

    I have highhopes for Lynch (I still can picture his first play with the Hawks against Chi), but he (and the rest of the team) needs to get off this “hot and cold” thing..