Seattle Seahawks: How should Pete Carroll use his running backs?

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE, WA: Running Back Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks runs against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field on September 23, 2018. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

The Seattle Seahawks ran the ball last week for over 100 yards. A big change over the two weeks prior. Now Seattle must decide how to best utilize their backs going forward.

Now that the Seattle Seahawks have committed to running the ball, they now have to decide what kind of running team they want to be. Is it last week’s 3.2 yards and a cloud of dust, or do they want to be a speed team and try to break more long runs?

2017, Not a good rushing year

Last year Chris Carson was the best running back the Seahawks Seahawks had, He was a rookie, seventh-round pick from Oklahoma State. In 2017, he ended up playing in four games starting three of them before getting hurt on October 1. Carson missed the rest of the year.

He ended up with 208 yards on 48 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards-per-carry (YPC). After he went out, Seattle had very little success on the ground. It was hard to tell if the problem had to do with the offensive line, or the running backs, or a combination of both. Struggling with the ground game meant the Seahawks ended up having to pass more than they wanted to.