Seattle Seahawks: Chris Carson, Return of the “Bell-Cow” back in Seattle

Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /
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Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

Today’s wide-open NFL offenses leave very little room for a power running back who carries the ball 20-30 times per week. In Chris Carson, the Seattle Seahawks have found that man.

November 15th, 2015 was the date that Seattle’s once prominent and commanding running game disappeared. What seemed like a minor ding, changed the course of Seattle’s fortunes in the running game and the direction taken by the offense. That was the day, the proverbial Bell-Cow back, Marshawn Lynch or Beast, as most of us in Seattle lovingly referred to him as (well before the nation jumped on board), was injured on a fairly routine play. and

Few, if any, acknowledged at that moment his injury could spell the end of the effectiveness and dominance of both Lynch and Seattle’s offensive philosophy. Things happen that simply aren’t planned or avoidable, that’s life. Lynch sustained a hernia injury which effectively ended his time in Seattle. It was the beginning of the end of Seattle’s run-first philosophy.