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.
Lynch deal a winner for everyone
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 4:41 pm