Marshawn Lynch Trade: Why Seahawks Won't Revive RB's Career

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2010

Marshawn Lynch Trade: Why Seahawks Won't Revive RB's Career

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Nick Barnett #56 of the Green Bay Packers tackles Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Im
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    According to ESPN, Marshawn Lynch has just been traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Seattle Seahawks for a 4th round draft pick and a conditional pick.

    After starting his career off with back-to-back 1,000 rushing yard seasons, he's lost favor in Buffalo with  off-the-field problems and character concerns.

    It appears that Seattle seems to have given up very little for a young 24-year-old former first-round draft pick.  But he's no longer the same Pro Bowl player he was from 2008.

    Here are 10 reasons why the Seattle Seahawks won't revive his career.

10. Eccentric Personality

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    Not only is Seattle getting a running back that made the 2008 All-Pro team, they're also getting a running back that has quirky personality.

    As you can see Lynch has a different kind of vibe about him, who knows how well he'll take in the night life in Seattle. 

    This guy admits to spending his entire signing bonus on skee-ball in order to help boost the economy. 

    That kind of personality might not fit well with the team.  They just got rid of a diva in T.J. Houshmandzadeh, they might be getting a new one in Lynch.

9. Character Issues

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills listens to coaches and teammates on the sidelines during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bi
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    At the beginning of the 2009 season, Lynch was suspended for three-games after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.

    Lynch was allegedly pulled over by police for driving in Culver City, CA with heavily tinted windows and no license plates.

    In a separate incident, he was also investigated by police for a hit-and-run incident that involved a female pedestrian that Lynch supposedly hit and drove away from in the downtown Buffalo bar district.

8. Injury Concerns

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills runs as teammates Demetrius Bell #77 and Geoff Hangartner #63 block against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated th
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    Late last year, Lynch had to miss games from an injured shoulder.  He later had to have surgery.

    In the preseason he was sidelined by an ankle injury and had to miss three games.

    With a Seattle offensive line that offers little protection, Lynch's recent issues with injury could be a problem with the Seahawks.

7. Durability Issues

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by B.J. Raji #90 and A.J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7.  (Photo by Jo
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    At 5'11" and 215 lbs. Lynch is not exactly a big bruising running back.

    In college, he split carries.  As a four-year veteran, he has only played through one full NFL season. 

    It's hard to imagine that the Seahawks would be confident enough to make him a featured back right away.  If anything his duties in Seattle will mirror his responsibilities in Buffalo, where he has done very little.

6. Weak Production of Late

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills poses for a photographer at the 2007 NFL Players Rookie Premiere on May 19, 2007 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images for PLAY
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    In his first two years, Lynch gave Buffalo fans plenty of reason to be excited. 

    He had two straight 1,000 rushing yard seasons and had a Pro Bowl year in 2008.

    The success may have gotten to his head, as the off-the-field incidents started to arise.

    After his suspension start the season in 2009, Lynch had his worst year of his career, only rushing for a 450 yards in 13 games and a 3.8 YPC.

5. Rebuilding Seahawks Team

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks directs cornerback Kelly Jennings #21 during a break in the action against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defe
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    Lynch reflects a low-risk investment for the Seattle Seahawks since he was acquired with a 4th round draft pick and a conditional choice that is likely tied to his performance from this year.

    From acquisitions of bargain-price receiver Mike Williams and a training camp look at LenDale White and Justin Fargas, Carrol is looking for guys that will buy into his philosophy. 

    Lynch will likely be on a short leash.  If he doesn't appear to be motivated or is causing trouble, Carroll won't hesitate to sit him on the bench.

4. Weak Seahawks Running Game

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the offensive huddle against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 31-14.  (Photo b
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    Obviously, Lynch will be expected to improve the weak ground game of the Seahawks, a team that has rushed for a total of 318 yards on the ground and only two TDs in four games.

    But that's a tough task for Lynch, as he hasn't really been that impressive as the guy getting most of the carries in Buffalo. 

    With his new offensive line being of little help, he will have a hard time.

3. Weak Seahawks Offensive Line

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    SEATTLE - DECEMBER 21:  The Seattle Seahawks defense lines up against the New York Jets offensive line on December 21, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Jets 13-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    The Seahawks have a weak offensive line. 

    Their offense has only scored one touchdown over the last two games.  This Sunday, they managed to score only three points in a loss to the St. Louis Rams,.

    The O-line exhibited poor run blocking and a lack of cohesion as the running game accounted for only 64 rushing yards. 

    It's clear that the linemen haven't played together much.  The line lost its coach a week before the season started and has been put together on the fly since training camp.

2. Split Carries Scenario

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 03:  :  Justin Forsett #20 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball in the first half against the St. Louis Rams on October 3, 2010 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    As a coach in the Pac-10, there's no question Pete Carroll got a good look at Cal's running game when it featured both Lynch and Forsett. The Bears nearly had two 1,000 yard running backs in 2005, with Forsett just missing with 999 yards. 

    Given their success in college, Carroll just might take a a similar approach to employing the tandem in Seattle. This time, however, the roles are expected to be reversed, with Forsett earning the feature role.

    But that scheme does not bode well for Lynch's career: After this, he may never be viewed by the league as a starting running back that can assume the bulk of the carries. 

1. Buffalo Gave Up On Him

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  Willis McGahee #21 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball during the game agianst the Tennessee Titans on December 24, 2006 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Titans defeated the Bills 30-29. (Photo by R
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    The biggest red flag here is that Buffalo gave up on him.

    The last running back that the Bills kicked out the door was Lynch's predecessor, Willis McGahee.  McGahee had one good season with Ravens after he left Buffalo.  This year he is posting a disappointing 2.5 yards per carry average.

    Even though there were other teams in the market for a running back, such as Green Bay, Seattle was able to acquire him for a fourth-rounder and a conditional pick in 2012.