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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: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Oh don't worry Tightwad teddy will upgrade the running backs in April with that precious 4th rd pick he kept. Watch him draft another FB or TE with that. THanks a lot TT you moron.



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:19 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone except the Bills

How is this move a winner for the Bills?  They got rid of a legitimate number 1 back who was a first round pick, and picked up a 4th rounder plus a conditional pick in return.  The NFL draft is a crap-shoot as is, and if you aren't good at scouting (which the Bills aren't), then the draft is usually a bust.  Just look at the last....10-15 years. 

PLUS, throw in the fact that the Packers were reportedly interested in Lynch (or at least their fans were), and the Eagles reportedly contacted Buffalo about trading for Lynch, and they might as well have traded the guy for a bag of footballs and a tackling dummy.  I can't imagine what it feels like for Ralph Wilson Jr to have his team become the laughingstock of the league 1 year after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  What a freaking joke.




Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:43 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

The Bills are a mess because of the scouting department and the front office.
The more draft picks they have the more mistakes they will make. Getting a extra draft pick would benefit most teams but not the Bills. The Bills took Aaron Maybin and passed on Clay Mathews, this year with 2 running back they pick CJ Spiller instead of a QB. The list goes on and on, Al Cowlings, Walt Patalski, Tom Cousinaeu, Tom Rudd, Perry Tuttle. Google some of these names and see what a great job the Bills do with draft picks. No hope for the Bills until they move to Toronto and get a new owner and front office.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:22 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Not sure this a win for Seattle.  I heard that Lynch is either a FA or RFA next yaer which makes him a 1/2 year rental for a bad team.  I know they have 2 wins but Seattle is terrible.....and they have now traded away next years 3rd and forth round picks for Whitehurst and now Lynch. 

Seattle has no O-Line opening holes for a RB.  Not sure if Carrol thinks they are 1 player away from contending but this team has a lot of weaknesses.  I would settle fora 4-12 season while playing guys like Whitehurst than a 7-9 season...winning the NFC Worst and being bounced from the playoffs in humiliating fashion....while playing Matt (who is 35 and will be gone next year)

Just rebuild......through the draft.  Quit trading our draft picks.  Build from the O-Line and D-Line out.  Even an average RB can produce behind a great O-LIne.......(Alexander/Willie Parker?)



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:14 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

Fumble  Packers! Thought Lynch was on his way to Lambeau but instead I see that the Hawks have won the prize. Being a one dimensional team will cost the Packers, heck it almost cost them last Sunday against the Lions. They need to do something with the ground attack or be an also ran again.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

I heard the Bills got a 4th round pick & a conditional pick.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

First off, thanks for making sure I had to go google what the terms were so I could decide if this deal was a "winner for everyone." Second, I'm sure Buffalo is going to use this 4th round pick to do some reeeeeeeeeeeal good. Their drafts have been worse and worse every year. Passing on Arakpo for Aaron Maybin, passing on any QBs because "Trent Edwards is the future".... they're just dismantling the team and for nothing in return...


This Buffalo Bills team looks like the Cleveland Indians from Major League.... Everything has been done to tank this team  (possibly setting up a move to Toronto?)




Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

DITTO THAT !!!



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

DITTO THAT!!



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:49 pm
 

Lynch deal a winner for everyone

FORSETT HAD HIS CHANCE AND DIDN'T PREFORM AS A #1 RB,CONSIDERING CARROLL INHERITED HIM AND GAVE HIM 4 GAMES TO SHOW HIS STUFF.LYNCH GETS A NEW START WITH A TEAM THAT NEEDS A RB THAN CAN BE EFFECTIVE WHICH LYNCH HAS PREVIOUSLY SHOWN.SEATTLE WINS THIS TRADE AS LONG AS LYNCH DOESN'T GET HURT,AND BUFFALO NEEDS ALL THE DRAFT CHOICES THEY CAN GET TO REBUILD SO THEY DID COME OUT A MILD WINNER BUT THERE AGAIN ONLY TIME WILL TELL AS THE DRAFT CHOICES THEY GOT WON'T SHOW HOW BUFFALO DID UNTIL THESE DRAFT CHOICES PLAY WHICH IS GOING TO BE AT LEAST 2-3 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.AT LEAST CARROLL IS GIVING THE SEAHAWKS A CHANCE TO WIN,AND DOING WHAT HE HAS TO. 



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