Marshawn Lynch's Trust Has Helped Him Find Success and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 3, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

When coming over from the Buffalo Bills 43 games ago, Marshawn Lynch had found Pro Bowl success with a running style he has had since first becoming a running back. But 18 games into his tenure as a Seattle Seahawk, Lynch approached offensive line coach Tom Cable and said he was ready to change his running style so he could have success in Seattle's zone-running scheme.

In reaction to Lynch wanting to completely change his running style, here is what Cable had to say:

"It's a big deal to me that he was willing to do that," Cable said. "Once he grabbed onto it with both hands, he had tremendous success," Cable said.

He's not kidding when he says he had tremendous success. Since going to Cable, No. 24 has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark 16 times in 25 games and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Before then, he was averaging a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry in his first 16 games with the Seahawks

The steady improvement along the offensive line has also helped Lynch get selected to his second-straight Pro Bowl appearance. The most notable improvements on the offensive line have come from Russell Okung and Max Unger.

Come Sunday, let's see if Lynch can reproduce some of the same magic he had in his last Wild Card appearance in 2010.

Also, be sure to check out Danny O'Neil's original article with even more details here.

Arizona

Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports Morocco Brown of the Washington Redskins will interview for the Cardinals general manager position.

Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report sketches out a blueprint on how Andy Reid can rebuild the Cardinals.


San Francisco

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shares some odd statistics in relation to Michael Crabtree and Dwight Clark.

Joe Levitt of Bleacher Report examines what the 49ers should do with Alex Smith.


Seattle

Eric D. Williams of the News Tribune says the Seahawks have partially prepped for Robert Griffin III.

Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report breaks down the top-10 free agents Seattle must target in the offseason.


St. Louis

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells us why Blake Williams' firing may forecast his father's firing as well.

Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com reports on the Rams signing eight players to future/reserve contracts.

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