Besides quarterback Russell Wilson and the receiving group, the rest of the Seahawks offense was an ever-changing juggling act of who was available.
Furthermore, rookie running back Chris Carson gave 12’s a glimpse of what he can become before his injury, while the rest of the running backs mostly failed to produce a ground game.
Forgotten Position for Seahawks in 2017
Throughout the Seahawks success from 2012-2015, Seattle’s fullback was a stalwart of the offense. Early on, it was Marshawn Lynch and fullback Mike Robinson, then Lynch and fullback Derrick Coleman. Even when Thomas Rawls was a rookie, the team had Coleman and Will Tukuafu.
The stability at the running back position has to be concrete. On the front line, the linemen’s health is a must with minimal shuffling so that continuity has a chance to form in front of Russell Wilson. But where was the guy who blended those two positions together? I cannot fathom Seattle seriously put everything into Tre Madden, for instance.
Seattle’s forgotten position seems to be at fullback. A fullback can create room if there if the blocking breaks down for a running back. Plus, a fullback can pass block. To open the season, undrafted rookie Tre Madden was the starter, but a year prior was a collegiate running back.
Media on the Seahawks moves this off-season
Several so-called media experts think Seattle needs to capitalize in the draft at running back. I believe they did last year, with their seventh round draft pick Chris Carson. Carson showed patience and tenacity unseen from others. Running back depth was not an issue, because there were plenty of players trying to make the most of their opportunity, but could not capitalize. If the Seahawks do draft another back, it will more than likely be in the later rounds in my opinion.
Seattle needs to either become an offense centered around Wilson solely, or give a running back every opportunity to carry a load. For a team who values a ground game as much as Seattle, no fullback on active roster to complete the 2017 season is discombobulating.
And, Marcel Reece was a free agent and wanted to play, but Seattle did not bring him back.
In 2018, maybe Brian Schottenheimer will get back to basics with the Seahawks run game.