BleacherReport.com Super Bowl champion and All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch is back.
But does his return mean that the rest of the NFL will be in a much different place for a decade or more?
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that Lynch will be part of the Super Bowl team, and he’ll be back with a new offensive scheme that could be more geared toward passing than rushing.
Lynch’s new running game will be similar to the one that led the Seahawks to the Super, but it will likely be a more vertical-oriented scheme with more of a run-first approach to the game.
It’s the type of new, run-heavy scheme that has been seen more and more on NFL teams over the past few years, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Seahawks are able to replicate the success they had last season under new head coach Pete Carroll.
Here’s how the new running scheme will look on film: Lynch will be the only running back to wear a No. 7 jersey in the game, and that’s because Lynch will have a jersey number of No. 22.
The No. 1 jersey for Seattle will be No. 18, but he’ll wear No. 13 instead.
The new number scheme will also mean that Lynch has to be much more involved in the offense than he was under Carroll.
There won’t be much room for him to carry the ball on the ground, and the Seahawks will be more reliant on their running backs to make plays in the open field.
With that in mind, the Seahawks have been making strides in the running game with their running game being a major factor in their Super Bowl victory last season.
The Seahawks averaged 6.5 yards per carry, which was second in the NFL behind the Packers (7.6 yards per).
The team averaged 5.8 yards per attempt, which ranked fourth.
The Seahawks also had the most rushing attempts in the league (12) and the second most rushing yards (6,721) in the NFC.
There have been some problems in the passing game, however, especially in the red zone.
The Packers averaged 7.1 yards per red zone attempt, third in the NBA behind the Kings (7).
And while it will be interesting how Lynch’s offensive scheme works out in the coming years, it’s unlikely that Seattle will repeat last season’s success, because of the personnel changes.
The offense was built around Marshaven Lynch last season, and Seattle had two quarterbacks in the backfield, but Lynch is set to return as well.
The secondary will also have to be significantly upgraded to cover Lynch, as well, and there’s a chance that the Seahawks could find themselves with more red zone issues in the future.
The biggest difference in the Seahawks offense this year will be how much they trust Lynch.
The team has had three different starting quarterbacks since the beginning of the season, but they’ve still struggled to consistently put the ball in the hands of the rookie.
Lynchi’s return will help Seattle get back to the top of the NFC West, but Seattle has a lot to prove.
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