During the Seahawks’ OTAs, new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer talked about the importance of a running game. Part of the reason Schottenheimer was hired, of course, was to bring back the running attack that has been missing since Marshawn Lynch left the team after the 2015 season.

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Some national writers criticized Schottenheimer for being outdated and old school, saying his philosophy fits the 1970s, not the late 2010s.

That criticism is wrong. The importance of the running game has become more pronounced in the past couple of years even though the NFL is a quarterback-driven league.

The running game will be the thing to watch this year if the Seahawks hope to make the playoffs. Though the numbers didn’t show it last year because of bad blocking, running back injuries and some poor running, the talent in the backfield isn’t bad. In fact, it’s pretty good.

I still go back to last year’s training camp. Most observers thought the backfield was talented enough that Alex Collins was the fifth-best back on the roster behind Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, Chris Carson and Mike Davis. Collins was cut and ended up gaining 973 yards with the Baltimore Ravens.

Carson ended up being the starter and he might have had a 1,000-yard had he stayed healthy. There’s hope he can do that this year, and he and Rashaad Penny have been the stars of this year’s offseason program.

Here is the challenge. Going back to the Lynch days, the Seahawks figured to get between 500 and 525 rushing carries. They had 403 and 408 carries the past two years.

Now look at what that has done to their point differential.

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Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports


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