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Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 4:41 pm
 
The Marshawn Lynch trade is a smart move -- for both Seattle and Buffalo. The Bills gain draft picks for a back that had become expendable, and the Seahawks gain a proven player at a position of need.  

First, let's look at the Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll knows he goes nowhere without a running game, and his running game is on life support -- ranked 27th this week. After watching the Seahawks flounder against St. Louis, he decided to make a move -- and gaining a running back of Lynch's caliber, a former 1,000-yard back, can't hurt.

I don't know if Lynch is the back he was two years ago, but  I know he's better than what Seattle has now. Plus, a change of sceney might benefit the guy -- especially with a head coach who knows about him from his college days and an audience that is ready to embrace him. Maybe I'm wrong, but I had the feeling that Lynch and Buffalo had tired of each other. So this should  be good for Lynch.

But the deal makes sense for Buffalo, too. The Bills drafted C.J. Spiller with the ninth pick and have done nothing with him. Moreover, they've done nothing with Fred Jackson, either, and it was Jackson -- not Lynch -- who was the team's 1,000-yard back a year ago. Jackson should take Lynch's spot in the starting lineup -- as he should have anyway -- with Spiller serving as the third-down back.

But give coach Chan Gailey credit: He didn't make a move until he had coached Lynch and seen him play, and what he saw in Lynch convinced him it wasn't enough to keep him around. So he made the move, and anything that gets the Bills draft picks at this juncture makes sense. Reports have the Bills gaining two picks, including a fourth-rounder in next year's draft, but sources who confirmed the deal were unable to specify which draft choices Seattle surrendered.

It doesn't matter. At this juncture, it appears the team is playing for nothing more than draft position, and the more the better. The Bills are in a need of a makeover, and this is the beginning. Lynch was drafted by another coaching staff, and he became excess baggage with the arrival of Spiller and the emergence of Jackson. So the Bills got rid of him while they could, trading him to a club that could use help at the position and gaining draft picks that could help Buffalo in the future.

Smart ... for both sides.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

good trade for both teams, the Bills have Spiller and underrated Jackson and the Seahawks need a big back to give it to. Forsett is a good change of pace and so is Washington, but Lynch will be the big back they need and with the release of Julius Jones, perhaps he finds a team soon, like the Packers??



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

I had Lynch stashed away on every fantasy team I have, hoping he'd be traded before Oct. 19.  I had hoped for a better team, but he's got possibilities in Seattle.  If SEA is so bad, why were so many high on Forsett late last year and this year?

It will be interesting for fantasy players to see how he's used after this bye week gives him a week plus to get integrated into the Seahawk's offense, and we should have a good handle on him when he plays OAK week 8 when many other RBs have byes.



Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

I disagree with Judge on this one.  Seattle is now ridiculously overloaded at the RB position.  Lynch had one good season, and he just looks like his head's not in it anymore.  The problem with Seattle is that their O Line still isn't great, Hasselbeck's just about done, and the defense is too inconsistent.  Having three thousand expendable running backs is not going to solve any of those problems. 



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:55 am
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Backs go to die in Seattle? Where do you get a statement like that from. What about Shawn Alexander? He was the first played in NFL history to run for over 1500 yards in 5 straight seasons, League MVP, this just happened a few years ago. Ricky Watters? Chris Warren? Curt Warner? Ahman Green? How about the greatest blocking Fullback in NFL history Mack Strong. How about you look up facts or better yet, watch Seahawk football before making an ignorant statement like that. Stop watching ESPn highlights and listening to commentary and watch the actual games and form you own opinions dip!

We are rebuilding, it doesn't happen over night. Trust me Julius Jones was never a Seahawk, ask any fan. Forsett is not a featured back more of a 3rd down variety, this has been stated numerous times. Lendale White never practiced with the team, never a Seahawk. Get your facts straight!

GO SEAHAWKS!!!!



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:33 am
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone......but Buffalo

Buffalo is the only team that in four years can turn a 1st round selection (M.Lynch) into a 4th round pick, a 3rd round selection (T.Edwards) into someone else's backup, then take a 2nd round selection (J.Hardy) and turn him into my gardner three years later. And I am more likely to see a UFO than see last years 1st round selection (A.Maybin) sack a quarterback...........ladies and gentlemen, here are your Buffalo Bills......




Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:18 am
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

sorry about ur luck kid but lynch aint gonna back forsett up forsett sucks and cant ever even get 3rd and inches forsetts gonna be lucky to get 7 or 8 touches a game half lynchs for sure ull be lucky if lynch backs up forsett for one week but with the bye and lynch having 2 weeks to get familiar lynch is the stater baby to bad it was a shitty deal for buf ralph wilson is so old he cant think i wish hed die or they would move to l.a. already buffalo hit me back when u do and ill "BILLIEVE" again!!!!!!!!



Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 9:56 pm
 

Lynch deal a winer or winner?

A thousand yard runner for a 4th plus, Hmmmm. I'm thinkin that the Seahawks are playing for this year and considering that next year might not be a real season with the lockout probably coming. Don't forget about next year being in limbo; owners are looking to make some money because they're tired of it going to strip clubs and such. I still don't understand high draft picks for RBs. It's the easiest position to transition to from college ball; how many surprise backs did Denver find that went on to rush for 1K or more. QBs drafted high yeah but RBs no. I think Seattle paid pretty good for currently uncertain baggage and Buffalo, who knows about them. Maybe Buffalo will call me to play QB and I can be the answer, or not. How many years ago were the Jets a joke and now people are talking about them. They spend good on picks for an O-line, get a slightly long in the tooth RB (LT) cross their fingers on a draft day tradeup for Sanchez and look what happens - people are talking about them (they aren't my team btw). Build through the draft especially with the O and D lines - the game is won in the trenches boys. Four yards and a cloud of dust for those of you who played football anywhere.

I liked somebody's point that Buffalo coulda taken Clay Mathews; look at his numbers, the Packers are definitely happy Buffalo was asleep on him. BTW when was the last time Buffalo had a "good" team? If Buffalo moves to Canada will that be for the NFL or CFL? Why don't they call Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells (both very good talent evaluators) and offer them a bucket of money to "restart" the Bills? Good luck Bills fans, I believe that you may need it. 



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:52 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Gaily knew he didn't want Lynch when he drafted CJ. To waste the first quarter of the season "showcasing"&
nbsp;him for other teams is yet another reason they're as woeful as they are. He could've done much better trading up on draft day...no winner here.

   




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Repost to try and fix crappy formatting:

Regarding the comment that Lynch and Forsett will do fine together....

Exactly what I was thinking, as long as Forsett doesn't think "not again".  As others point out, though, the RBs can only do so much with a suspect O-line.

College and NFL may be different beasts and this was a while ago now, but 2006 Cal rushing stats for the two:

RUSHING    GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
-----------------------------------

-----------------------
13 223 1421 65 1356 6.1 11 71 104.3
    13 119 670   44 626 5.3 4  48   48.2



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:43 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Exactly what I was thinking, as long as Forsett doesn't think "not again".  As others point out, though, the RBs can only do so much with a suspect O-line.
College and NFL may be different beasts and this was a while ago now, but 2006 Cal rushing stats for the two:
RUSHING    GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G -----------------------------------

------------------------ 13 223 1421 65 1356 6.1 11 71 104.3      13 119 670   44 626 5.3 4  48   48.2


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