Bevell: “We are going to be running back by committee. We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now.”
— Terry Blount (@TerryBlountESPN) June 5, 2014
Back in April, Andrew Cohen wrote an article about why you should pick up Christine Michael now. Rich Hribar recently wrote this on him and James Todd has been on Michael since last July. There’s no shortage of coverage on RotoViz about this former Texas A&M back if you want to read more about him.
3 Reasons Two Running Backs Can Succeed In Seattle:
The first reason can be summed up by Rich Hribar’s tweet:
Only once has Darrell Bevell used a two headed backfield. 2007 both Chester Taylor & AP were top 20 RB, but MIN only threw 12 pass TD.
— Rich Hribar (@LordReebs) June 5, 2014
The second reason these backs could thrive is simply from the sheer volume of touches they can receive. Last year Seattle ran the ball a total of 509 times (2nd most in the league) with Lynch receiving 301 of those attempts. With the report of the Seahawks wanting to go running back by committee, I’d expect Lynch’s carries to drop a bit and Michael’s carries to raise significantly. Given how much the coaching staff seems to believe in Michael, this could be a recipe for a successful two headed monster in Seattle.
“We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now,” Bevell said. “He’s just a million miles ahead of where he was in terms of understanding what we want scheme wise, pass protection wise, route wise, and we know he’s a natural runner,” Carroll said. “He’s got explosive talent and we just want to get him fit in. By the end of preseason he should be just a real comfortable part of this football team.”
The third reason I believe these backs can be successful ties into the second reason. With the abundance of rushing attempts, also comes a shortage of passing attempts. Russell Wilson threw the ball 420 times last season, which was 31st in the league last year and also 53 attempts behind Cam Newton and the Panthers. In 2012, Wilson’s rookie year, they threw a league low 405 times…. See the pattern?
Seattle loves to run the ball and why shouldn’t they? The Seahawks are 24-8 in the last two years while only having 825 total pass attempts compared to 1,045 rushing attempts in those two seasons. I’ve always thought “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it.” Seattle is fresh off of a Super Bowl win and back to back winning seasons with Wilson at the helm and the running game firing on all cylinders. I’d expect that trend to continue into the 2014 season.