Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (33) rushes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Bevell: ‘We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now’


The Seahawks have been known for their outstanding run game on offense.

Their star in the backfield is Marshawn Lynch, a beast of epic proportions who has had such incredible runs in Seattle, they have literally caused earthquakes.

But now, a new star is emerging to take some weight off of Lynch’s shoulders. His name is Christine Michael.

Last week, Pete Carroll said that Michael is expected to “get a ton of work” in 2014, but that doesn’t mean he is going to take over the starting job.

What it means is the Seahawks now have two great running backs, one of which has proven his play-making abilities while the other is just now starting to show his stuff.

“We are going to be running back by committee,” OC Darrell Bevell said on Wednesday, via NFL.com. “We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now. … He has breakaway speed and power behind his pads.”

Michael, entering his second season out of Texas A&M, only played in four games last season, rudshing for 79 yards on 18 attempts.

But if you go back to the preseason, you’ll find that he rushed for 201 yards on 40 carries, an average of just over five yards per carry.

“He’s just a million miles ahead of where he was in terms of understanding what we want scheme wise, pass protection wise, route wise, and we know he’s a natural runner,” Carroll said, per ProFootballTalk. “He’s got explosive talent and we just want to get him fit in. By the end of preseason he should be just a real comfortable part of this football team.”

The Seahawks have added Sidney Rice, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, among others, to help with the passing game, but it looks like the running game is also being improved.

Lynch is still the No. 1 guy in the backfield, but it will be great to see Michael gets some touches.

Who knows, there might be a new beast in town.

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  • Erockalypse

    I remember seeing a few runs by him while at preseason games last year and thinking. Just damn this guy has some freakin talent. Was there when we faced the Saints the year we were 7-9 and was a part of that earthquake. a great feeling. still video on my phone of it. I have massive admiration and respect for Lynch as a runner. And great hands out of the backfield, but I’d be lying if I said that I wouldn’t love to see this guy contribute as well. He’s going to turn some heads, and break some ankles along the way.

  • Erockalypse

    Also, a side note. I can’t help but think quesadilla when I see your name. God damn you for making me hungry when I read your articles.

  • HD

    Seattle spent last year teaching Michael about their offense…and something most college running backs don’t do…pass protect…with Lynch and Turbin last year there was no reason rushing him along…I think with Russel up for his contract next year (After Kap’s)…Seattle may need to make room in their cap space in 2015…I don’t think Turbin should be overlooked either…he may also have contributions this year…I think he is also under contract until 2016…Michael 2017…the future of Seattle’s rushing attack