Lynch had perhaps the greatest run many fans had ever seen and was a helpful force that propelled the Seahawks to the NFC Divisional playoffs. With his "beast mode" antics and punishing rushing style, Lynch the starting running back for the Seahawks is certainly the fan favorite. But should he be?
Marshawn Lynch without a doubt is talented. He rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his two first seasons and made the Pro-Bowl in 2008. Many NFL analysts believed that had it not been for Adrian Peterson, Lynch would have won the Rookie of the Year in 2007 as well.
But Lynch since then has been less than stellar, while occasionally having a good game, Lynch has rushed for less than 1,200 yards in the past two seasons. His yards per game have dropped nearly in half since his rookie year and are now at around 46 yards a game this last season. His carries, touchdowns, rushing yards, yards per carry and yards per game all have declined since his rookie year.
Justin Forsett on the other hand seems to be some sort of an untested product. Lynch certainly is the feature back in this offense, but Forsett consistently gets carries. Forsett has been producing with all the touches that he receives.
Forsett last season averaged only 15 yards less per game, off of seven less carries. With as many carries as Lynch had last year, Forsett would have had over 250 more rushing yards last year. This is due to Forsett's 4.9 yards per carry average over the past two seasons. This number is over 1.2 yards better than Lynch's over the past two seasons. It may not seem like a lot but over the course of a game, it is.
Many believe that Lynch has a better build than Forsett for a feature back in this offense, but with Forsett's impressive and limited statistics matched with his potential, Forsett deserves a chance to start.