By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
Marshawn Lynch has returned to Seattle. I’m not going to pretend that I can be an unbiased journalist right now. When you burst into tears when reading the announcement…yeah, that’s not unbiased.
This isn’t about what he can bring to the offense, although I’m sure there is still something left in the tank. This isn’t about another Beastquake or touchdowns, although there is a good chance those will both happen.
This is about bringing Marshawn home.
The Seattle Seahawks had a very bad, no good week. Hell, they’ve had a horrible month. Injuries have destroyed any momentum they had going into the playoffs, stealing a large number of their playmakers.
In the entire time I have been covering the Pete Carroll era in Seattle, I have never seen him as down as I did during the press conference after their week 16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He looked deflated and, I’m sure, wondering where to go next.
The game claimed not just his starting running back, Chris Carson, who was having a career year, but Carson’s back-up, C.J. Prosise. Prosise was only playing because Rashaad Penny, Seattle’s original back up RB, had been lost for the season a few games earlier. They are now down to one back. One. Something had to be done.
Enter in two names that Seahawks fans know well, Robert Turbin and Marshawn Lynch. Both players were on both the 2014 and 2015 Super Bowl teams. While fans are very happy that Turbin is back with the team, as he was always well-liked and respected, it’s that second name that got fans jumping for joy.
I don’t have to remind you of who Marshawn Lynch is. One of the greatest running backs, and personalities, in football over the last 10 years. But what not all readers might understand is how much Lynch means to Seattle Seahawks fans, the team, and the city.
If the Seahawks are going down in a blaze of glory Sunday night, I sure as hell will relish the chance to cheer for Marshawn one last time and send him out the right way.
— Brian Nemhauser (@hawkblogger) December 23, 2019
Yes, the fans understand he isn’t the same guy he was in 2014. But what naysayers don’t comprehend is what a boost this will be to the team’s, and the fan’s, morale. What seeing Lynch, and Turbin for that matter, back in a Seahawks jersey will do to that already loud stadium. Let’s not underestimate what Lynch, in the backfield behind Wilson, would MEAN to these fans. I promise you it will be deafening. And if he scores a touchdown? Beastquake 3.
Week 17 brings the San Francisco 49ers to Seattle for a game that will decide the NFC West. While both teams have clinched a spot in the playoffs, it is understandable why most think the 49ers will win. Right now, they are a better team with fewer injuries.
But with Marshawn Lynch, the one and only Beastmode, back in town, anything can happen. As Brian said above, it almost doesn’t matter to the fans if Seattle wins on Sunday, although I’m sure they’d prefer it if they did. However, fans will once again be able to cheer for a Seattle legend, coming back to help his team in the best way he can.
It’s funny, just the other day I was thinking how amazing it would be if Marshawn raised the 12th man flag at the week 17 game. This is SO much better! Skittles for everyone!
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