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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

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:25 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

You could send Chris Johnson to Seattle and he would average 2.5 per carry.  They have no line - none.  Their scheme sucks.  The QB is old, slow and inaccurate.  You can't fix the running game with Marshawn - you need an O line.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:35 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

This is a steal for the Seahawks, made possible by Buffalo's crowded backfield. Lynch is still young and has great upside. Character issues are there, but Carroll hasn't shown much fear of taking a gamble -- witness Mike Williams. A fourth and a conditional. The Bills got reamed.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:22 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Because Thompson needs a pick so he can draft another Harrell or Brohm.

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:12 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Forsett will be fine. He and Lynch played together at Cal. Lynch was groomsman at Forsett's wedding a few months ago. Forsett also adds a good support system for Lynch to keep him out of trouble.  Seattle will thrive with him.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:01 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Anyone who calls this a "win" for the Bills is a complete idiot. Looks like Judge is the only one so far. How about a little context you clown? The Bills should have unloaded Lynch before or during the draft go get something of value. A 4th round pick for a team that can't draft to save their lives is nothing. This is a huge "LOSS" (unless that conditional pick ends up being a first rounder...which I highly doubt).

And to say Chan Gailey was smart to watch him play before deciding he didn't fit in? This is creative writing at it's finest, like Lynch was some rookie nobody had ever seen or assessed. Lynch was the best performing back the Bills had, so how that performance led Gailey to think he needed to be traded is pretty bewildering.

The Bills screwed up again, the rest of the league knew they were desperate to unload him and could get him on the cheap. THe team that lost here was Green Bay, as they apparently decided to hold out so they could trade Buffalo a piece of cheese. Had they waited another week, they probably would have had Lynch, but Seattle swooped in.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:51 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Considering the recent success the Seahawks have had with their drafts, I don't think losing another pick next season is going to hurt them all that much.  This may open the door for picking up other picks as well if they decide to move a running back during the draft next year.  One thing is for sure, Pete Carroll isn't afraid to pull the trigger on making moves to try to make the team more competitive, whether it's during the draft, in the pre-season, or in the regular season.  Lynch might not fit in immediately with the offense (I don't know how different it is from Buffalo's), but it sure seems like a good move for the Hawks to perk up their ground game, not to mention Lynch is a decent reciever out of the backfield as well.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:26 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Justin Forsett might not agree.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 6:03 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Hey learn what your talkin about before you spout your negative unthought dribble.

Mrashawn Lynch just turned 25 and has couple of years left on his contract! Thats A GREAT friggin deal...seriously do your homework before you  spout dribble.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:49 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

I agree with you completely. People can say what they will about Carroll but he has a vision and is turning over the roster giving them at least a chance to be competative again. Give Carroll a couple more years and Seattle will be playoff bound.

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:48 pm

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

I don't see how the Bills win trading away a 1000 yd rusher for a 4th rounder and conditional.  That's pathetic!  They obviously should've traded him prior or during the draft and the would've recieved much more.  When is this team going to get it right?  Last year they fire the OC right before the season leaving much turmoil.  Then the draft....9th pick with a glaring weakness on the OL and at QB and they draft a RB.  This year they declare Edwards the starter and release him after week 3.  Ok, yes he was horrible, but now you have a subpar QB starting and a backup with no experience.  The decisions this team continues to make totally baffle me. 

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