After losing their top three running backs on the depth chart in the final weeks of the 2019 NFL regular season, the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll had to reach out to retired rusher Marshawn Lynch to return.
Marshawn Lynch, 33, rushed for seven yards on six carries in the Seahawks' NFC Wild Card Game win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Despite the lack of production, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is still positive Marshawn Lynch will be a difference-maker in the postseason, signaling he could be used more in next week's divisional round against the Green Bay Packers.
“Yeah, I think [Lynch's] doing great,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN. “I’m really excited about it. I want to see him do more now. He’s made it through, again, two games. He felt good last night. I haven’t seen him today, the day after sometimes, but he felt good again. I think we can increase his role and allow him to be a little more active part of it.”
On the other hand, veteran quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson was outstanding over the weekend, throwing 18/30 for 325 yards and a passing touchdown along with rushing for 45 yards on nine carries. Wilson accounted for 95 percent of the Seahawks' total offense, with Marshawn Lynch and former third-string running back Travis Homer totaling 19 rushing yards.
Wilson's production may not be sustainable, however, and the Seahawks face stiffer competitive next week against the Packers than the NFC East division winner Eagles. Thus, Carroll's assertion that Marshawn Lynch's role may increase will likely be accurate—for better or worse—should Green Bay neutralize Wilson's overall efficiency.