A big reason the Seahawks were able to get Marshawn Lynch in 2010 is C.J. Spiller, so it’s somewhat ironic that the guy who helped Seattle get Beast Mode now steps into the same backfield.
Spiller was the ninth overall pick by Buffalo in 2010, joining Lynch and Fred Jackson in a suddenly – and surprisingly — stacked Bills backfield. John Schneider, in his first year running the Hawks alongside Pete Carroll, tried several times to acquire Lynch that year – finally getting the Bills to part with him in October.
While Lynch went on to star for the Hawks for most of the next six seasons, Spiller ended up a part-time player behind Jackson in 2010 and 2011 before breaking out in 2012, with 1,244 yards (6 per carry), 43 catches and eight total touchdowns. He hasn’t done much since, though, as injuries have knocked him around.
The Hawks obviously are hoping that won’t be a problem as he steps in as the third-down back.
Continue reading Spiller helped Hawks get Lynch, now follows him
After the Seahawks pulled off their second miracle playoff win in their past three postseason games, here are some quotes, stats and other tidbits:
First, some words from Pete Carroll to his team.
NFL vets Fred Jackson and Ahtyba Rubin won their first playoff game.
Russell Wilson gave the game ball to the 34-year-old Jackson, who spent nine non-playoff seasons in Buffalo.
Richard Sherman on the looming divisional matchup against Carolina: ““It’s always a fun one when you play Carolina. It’s going to be a physical game. … Both teams are going to hit each other in the mouth and we’ll see who is standing in the end.’’
Marshawn Lynch’s status for next week is unknown. Continue reading Minnesota Miracle: Notes, quotes & stats
Anyone hoping Marshawn Lynch will be back before the season finale in Arizona had better rethink that idea. In fact, it appears the Seahawks might be lucky to have Lynch back for the playoffs.
Pete Carroll said Monday he doesn’t know whether Lynch, who had abdominal surgery Nov. 25, will return before the playoffs.
“He went through a big surgery. He’s got a lot to get through, and he’s got to get past that, whatever impact that’s had,” Carroll said. “He’s got to get back into shape and get going. … He hasn’t been able to go yet very hard. He’s going to have to work through that and get himself going again and come back and show that he’s back and ready to go.”
Asked about the timeframe, Carroll said, “I don’t know. We won’t know until the work starts happening.”
Continue reading Lynch appears out for final three games
Bobby Wagner will return and Fred Jackson talked to the team about his car crash.
Anquan Boldin and Carlos Hyde were listed as questionable for the 49ers.
Bucky Brooks explains what we have said since last season: The Seahawks are vulnerable to short passing games.
Unlike previous seasons, Seahawks-49ers is less must-see TV than it is must-win TV.
Key matchups for the Seahawks vs. the 49ers tonight, via Seahawks.com.
Five things to watch for, from NFL.com.
The Seahawks are 13-2 in prime time under Pete Carroll.
Just what the Seahawks’ reeling defense needs: No Bobby Wagner or Jordan Hill.
Both could miss “a couple of weeks” with injuries suffered Sunday in Cincinnati, according to Pete Carroll. Hill left with a strained quadriceps and Wagner missed a couple of plays with a strained chest muscle.
Hill is expected to miss two weeks, Carroll said, and he is hoping Demarcus Dobbs can return after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury. If that doesn’t happen, the Seahawks might need to make a move to help D-line depth.
Wagner also could be out “a couple of weeks if (the muscle) doesn’t respond,” Carroll said. “But he might be able to play this week, so we’ll wait and see.’’
Continue reading Hill is out two weeks, Wagner could join him
These aren’t the Seahawks we’ll see in November and December.
Russell Wilson reportedly is working on his speed, losing weight, so he can remain as mobile as possible.
Wilson is getting rid of the ball faster than ever, ESPN Stats reports.
Dave Boling says Wilson’s toughness is his best quality.
Fred Jackson, expected to play, said 10 teams were interested in him when Buffalo cut him, but Seattle was the only one that would sign him before Week 1, thus guaranteeing his one-year salary.
An insider’s look at the Bengals.
The Bengals present lots of challenges for the Seahawks.
Tharold Simon’s career with the Seahawks looks just about finished.
Sure, he has one more year left on his rookie contract, but the cornerback simply has not been able to stay healthy in his three NFL seasons and it sure seems doubtful he ever will.
The Seahawks have shown great patience with injury-prone players, and it paid off with cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell.
Simon’s career arc seemed like it was following Maxwell’s — until Simon’s season was ended yet again Saturday when he was put on injured reserve.
Continue reading Another busted year for Simon, who is almost out of chances
Seattle’s injury report is “backed” up.
Five of the seven players who did not practice Wednesday are “backs”– running backs or cornerbacks – leaving the Seahawks pretty thin at those spots.
Not practicing – and therefore questionable at this point for Sunday in Cincinnati – were running backs Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) and Fred Jackson (high ankle sprain) and cornerbacks Tharold Simon (toe), Marcus Burley (thumb), and Tye Smith (hip). Joining them were defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (shoulder) and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring), who both missed the win over Detroit on Monday.
On the bright side, Brandon Mebane (groin), Ricardo Lockette (breath) and Steven Terrell (hip) all returned to practice, and Pete Carroll said he is “pretty hopeful” that Mebane will play.
Carroll said Lynch is “day-to-day” and “it will take us all the way to the end of the week before we know. He did make a lot of progress last week and was able to run around some and all that. He’s worked really hard at it, so we’ll see if we can get it done.”
Continue reading On their backs: Hawks short on RBs and CBs
Is this just a minor injury hiccup for Marshawn Lynch or are we seeing the beginning of the end?
Back issues have dogged him throughout his career, but the Hawks have managed him well and he has not missed a game since 2011. Now he is dealing not only with that recurring issue but a hamstring injury that could keep him out Monday against Detroit.
“We’ve just got to wait and see,” Pete Carroll said Monday, adding, “We really probably won’t know until Friday. The MRI will be important though when we get the results back from that.”
Carroll said Lynch’s “calf thing is resolving” and it’s all about the hamstring, which Lynch injured on his bobbling fourth-down catch at the end of the first half vs. the Chicago Bears.
Continue reading Is this the beginning of the end for Lynch?
When Kam Chancellor first started telling people he was coming back to the Seahawks on Wednesday, one of the things he said was, “Me and Marshawn started a mission two years ago. I can’t let my dog down.”
It was interesting — and many would say appropriate — that the defense’s heartbeat was recognizing the offense’s thumper as a kindred leader of the team. But, as Chancellor potentially makes his return Sunday vs. Chicago, Lynch might not be with him.
The running back is questionable with a calf injury suffered in Green Bay.
“Yeah, he’s got a calf that we’re working on,” Pete Carroll said. “We’ve been able to condition him some, but we just want to make sure and take care of him during the week, and so he’ll run tomorrow and we’ll see if he’s OK, and it will go all the way to game day on this one though.”
If Lynch can’t play, Fred Jackson would make the start and Thomas Rawls would back him up.
As for Chancellor, the team seems to be planning on him playing.
Continue reading Lynch a game-time call, and Hawks tracking data on Chancellor