Saturday, October 12, 2013
Who would step in if Lynch goes down?
By Tom Carpenter
The Seattle Seahawks face the Tennessee Titans in a home game Sunday. They are expected to have Pro Bowl center Max Unger, who has missed the past two games due to an arm injury, back, which should help greatly. Also expected to play is Marshawn Lynch, who was held out of practice Friday with what appears to be a minor hip malady.
"We did treat Marshawn for a little hip thing this week, but he's fine," coach Pete Carroll said.
However, ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton noted on "SportsCenter" that the Seahawks may try to avoid overworking Lynch against the Titans, because they have a quick turnaround leading up to their Week 7 tilt with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.
Of course, Lynch is synonymous with the phrase "Beast Mode" and that is reflected in the fact that he has 96 carries this season, while Robert Turbin has 19 and Christine Michael has just nine. In other words, the Seahawks may want to take it easy on Lynch, but we shouldn't expect him to be standing on the sidelines much, unless the Seahawks secure a dominant lead.
The last time they did that was in a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3, a game during which Michael had all nine of his 2013 carries (for 37 yards). In all of the other games, Carroll has used Turbin as the change-of-pace back. That seems to suggest that Michael might be the workhorse, with Turbin sticking as the COP option, if Lynch were to miss a game this season.
However, it's such a small sample size, it's hard to say with any certainty. Still, how Turbin and Michael are used if Lynch has a setback with his hip during the game or gets some extra rest Sunday could give us an idea of how the Seahawks view the rest of their backfield for future usage.