This was supposed to be his year for Marshawn Lynch. Beast mode, Skittles, a fat contract, a fresh O-line, a brand new QB—it was all supposed to come together for a breakout season.
This was Lynch's opportunity to prove that he belonged. The chance to show that he should be mentioned in the same breath as guys like Adrian Peterson, Lesean McCoy, Michael Turner, Arian foster and Maurice Jones-Drew.
One bad decision later, and everything was flushed down the toilet.
It isn't certain whether he will face suspension or not, but Lynch has had run-ins with the law on countless occasions. More than likely, this will warrant a three or four game suspension.
For the Seahawks organization, it is a nightmare scenario. The Seahawks weighed the pros and cons of signing Lynch to a large contract, and decided to go forward with it. You can't say they're regretting their decision yet, but they are obviously deeply disappointed.
It's hard to know what's running through Lynch's head right now. His boastful personality is widely known and accepted as part of the show.
All the beast mode trash talk, the Skittles endorsement, the flashy grills, the dreads and the powerful style of running have become trademarks of Lynch's lifestyle.
But at the same time, he his a professional, and as a professional he should know where to draw the line.
At this point though, he hasn't shown that he knows where that line is.
What could be more concerning than the suspension, is how apologetic he is. Is he hanging his head in shame right now realizing just how big of a mistake he has made? Or is he already brushing it off figuring Roger Goodell won't tag him with the suspension.
Then there's the question of what was going on in his head in the events leading up to his arrest. He knows better than to drive under the influence. While nothing has been proven, evidence that he was driving unsafely and that he was failing tests show that he was most likely guilty of his offense.
Dating back to 2006, Lynch has had incidents and accusations, including theft, sexual assault, a hit and run, possession of marijuana and guns and now a DUI.
The question used to be, when will Lynch show maturity and take the next step to becoming an elite running back. Now the question is will he ever show the greatness that he has the potential to be?
Lynch isn't old by any stretch of the imagination, even for a running back, as he turned 26 a few months ago. This isn't the end of his career.
But getting suspended the first three games of what was supposed to be a career season is just devastating.
Every time Lynch seems like he's about to break out of his shell and become a superstar, something slows him down.
You can't say enough about this guy, he's just so good when he's in "beast mode", that as a fan, it makes you mad just thinking about it.
This isn't the end of the season for the Seahawks, if the Seahawks can go 2-2 in their first four games that Lynch will likely be suspended for, they'll still be in good shape.
But it's never good when you don't know who you're quarterback AND your running backs are going to be.
What looked to be a promising season is now slowly falling apart. The 12th man is left speechless, wondering how almost everything that could have gone wrong this offseason has.
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