Time to catch up on a few more links.
And we’ll start with this analysis of the rushing stats of each team in 2013 from FootballPerspective.com.
As you can see, Seattle’s rushing game — by this metric — doesn’t rank as highly as might be expected by those who would simply look at total rushing yards, where the Seahawks were fourth, at 2,188.
By FootballPerspective’s adjusted yards per carry metric, Seattle ranked only 13th last season (which is in line with its overall ranking of 12th in the more-familar yards per carry used by the NFL — the Seahawks averaged 4.3).
One of the obvious implications of such stats is that maybe the Seahawks weren’t quite as reliant on Marshawn Lynch a year ago as is commonly presumed. And that, in turn, might mean that the turning-of-the-page from the Lynch era to whatever comes next may not be quite as disruptive as is also commonly thought.
Such stats might also change the perception just a bit of what Russell Wilson meant to the Seahawks last season. Recall, for instance, his game in the first win over the Saints — 22-30 for 310 yards , three touchdowns and a 139.6 yards rating in a game in which Lynch had 45 yards on 16 carries. Some might argue that even in those games, Wilson benefited from a defense designed to stop Lynch. Until the time comes when he can show it, the questions will remain of how Wilson will respond when a defense is focused more on stopping him. That time figures to come soon enough.
And then there is the impact of Seattle’s own defense, which often helped set up the offense.
The bigger picture here may not be so much minimizing the impact of Seattle’s running game — it still leads everything the Seahawks do offensively — but showing that the team may have been more balanced in 2013 than is sometimes thought.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Wilson conducting his passing academy in Vancouver this weekend.
— NFL.com says Richard Sherman is the face of the Seahawks franchise.
— Luke Willson being honored in his hometown this weekend.
— Finally. …
— NFL (@nfl) July 6, 2014