Here’s some of what Seattle running backs coach Sherman Smith had to say to the media today about the return of Marshawn Lynch:
(On what Marshawn Lynch means to the team) Obviously, it’s evident what he means to our team. He brings toughness to our team. Our run game is predicated on Marshawn’s run style and what he does. He’s a special guy to us. So I’m just glad he’s back and we look forward to getting him ready for our Thursday night game against Green Bay.
(On feeling of having Lynch back) Well, it’s relief that you have one of your best players back, but excitement because Christine [Michael] and Turbo [Robert Turbin] have been doing a great job in practice. They’ve been getting ready to play. So we’re better with Marshawn. He’s one of the best backs in the league but we’re going to try to get the job done if he wasn’t here.
(On Lynch picking up running scheme) Marshawn is such a disciplined runner. He understands the run game, understands what he has to do. Marshawn knows what his reads are and that’s his big thing. He knows what his reads are and he makes things happen. That’s what we count on.
(On easing Lynch back into practice) We’re just going to get him ready. The goal is to get him ready for our Thursday night game against Green Bay but sure, he’ll be practicing real soon. So ease him in, get him in, throw him in the fire, whatever it is, he’ll start practicing.
(On Lynch’s ankle) He’s been cleared to practice so we look forward to him getting out there and getting some reps. I can’t wait to see it.
(On making Lynch run gassers) No, we won’t do that to him.
(On giving Lynch work in pre-season games) Not much more than he’s got in the past. Marshawn doesn’t do a lot of running in the pre-season so that’s the way it’s going to be. So he comes back, nothing is going to change. Absolutely nothing.
(On Lynch making up for missed time) It has to be now because we can’t change back the hands of time. So we’ll just go forward from here. He’s a veteran player, he understands what he needs to do to get ready. He understands the offense so he’ll be fine. We’re not worried about that part. Good thing is Turbo, Christine, Derrick [Coleman], Spencer [Ware], those guys got a lot of good work so we feel good about them also being ready to play.
(On what Lynch has versus 1st/2nd year guys) Just the experience. Marshawn has been there and done it. He’s got a track record of being able to make plays. I think one of his special skills is he can make something out of nothing that’s what he does. Marshawn is a discipline player. He understands the game a lot better than 1st or 2nd year players so he’ll bring that experience.