It is time for Chris Carson to start for Seahawks

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 10: Chris Carson (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 10: Chris Carson (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks running game was ineffective on Sunday versus the Packers. At least, every other running back than Chris Carson was that way. Carson showed enough to make a case for starting in Seattle.

Look at the Seahawks running back statistics on Sunday against Green Bay. They were not good. None of them really.

Eddie Lacy ran five times for three yards. His long was six yards. He caught no passes.

C.J. Prosise rushed four times for 11 yards. His longest rush was for eight yards. He also caught no passes.

Chris Carson rushed for 39 yards on six carries and caught a pass for 10 yards. Carson’s longest run was for 30 yards.

I am in no way saying Carson was great on Sunday, though. The Seahawks offensive line was so terrible, no running back except for Barry Sanders could have been good behind it. And only Sanders because at times he did not need any blocking. Seattle doesn’t have a running back who can be Sanders.

But Carson does offer something that Seattle does not have in other backs. One is size plus quickness along with the instincts to play running back. Prosise has good size and speed, but still struggles with reads running backs have to make. Prosise was mostly a wide receiver in college, really. Lacy is big, but he has appeared really slow to the line in camp and in week one. Carson makes one cut and hits the hole.

Carson did lead the Seahawks in snaps counts for a running back on Sunday. He just did not get the ball enough. Partly this was an ineffective line. This was also due to Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell not calling the best game of his life. Carson made the most out of many of his runs. Like this:

His 30 yard run came after, shall I say, a Carson-esque cut back.

Carson needs to be the starter. Until Thomas Rawls and Prosise can prove for an extended time they can stay healthy. And until Lacy shows he can be effective. Carson, the rookie who played so well in camp and preseason, needs to be the full-time starter. Let the other backs try to take that role from Carson.

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Because the NFL season is all about what a player has done recently and their potential future. The only running back with the Seahawks this year that has shown he can produce with a modicum of success is Carson. He should start week two and beyond.