If you’re interested in this article, first please read my take on the offensive identities (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) of all the teams in 2016. That will explain some of the stats in this article, which I will not explain here. As I did last year, I will write a detailed piece on each team.
Darrell Bevell has been an NFL OC for 12 straight seasons, counting this year. The first five were with Minnesota and now seven in Seattle. Except for the first and last year of that span, his top RB had been either Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch. As we will see, that had an impact on his identity in 2016.
The addition of Eddie Lacy may be an attempt to re-create what happened with Lynch when he came to Seattle. This may sound ludicrous looking at Lacy and Lynch now. But in 2010 the Bills trade Lynch for a 4th round pick and a conditional pick that ended being a 5th. Lynch was more highly regarded coming out of college, being taken 12th overall vs. Lacy's 61st, but RBs were drafted higher in 2007 than 2013. Lynch had been suspended for three games to start 2009 and essentially lost his starting job to Fred Jackson by the end of the year: Lynch only had 120 carries that year. Lynch was faster and lighter, but their NFL performance through three seasons was very similar:
Which back looks better? To me, the guy on the bottom slightly edges the RB on top. And of course, the bottom numbers are Lacy's. He played on better teams, so that probably helps his numbers and we have the bloated 2016 image of Lacy in our minds. But you can see why Seattle might think they can do for him what they did for Lynch.
Besides Lacy, the Seahawks were quiet in he off-season. They added Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi on the line in free agency and drafted a 2nd round center, Ethan Pocic (listed on the depth chart now as an RT). They also took WR Amara Darboh in the 3rd; otherwise they spend 4 picks on the defense in Rounds 2 and 3. A sixth and two 7th round choices were...