by Alex Poletti
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In a reunion very few saw coming, the playoff-bound Seattle Seahawks came to terms with Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, who played with the team from 2010 to 2015. This comes on the heels of a season-ending injury to star half back Chris Carson, who amassed more than 1,200 yards this season prior to his hip fracture.
“There’s still unfinished business to do here,” Lynch tells The Second String. “I still need to be overlooked on the one-yard line for a passing play one more time. We haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 2015. If we want to get back there, we need to stick with the play that proved to be a horrible failure.”
One of the greatest running backs in the NFL in the early half of the decade, Lynch initially retired on the day of Super Bowl 50. However, he returned to his hometown Raiders for a few seasons before retiring a second time in 2018.
“Something important has to draw me out of retirement,” Lynch explains. “The first time, it was the chance for the kids of Oakland to see a homegrown player on the Raiders before they moved to Las Vegas. This time, it’s about seeing the crushing disappointment on Pete Carroll’s face like he had in 2014.”
Despite winning it all in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Legion of Boom-era Seahawks are mostly remembered for the final play of the following championship game, in which Pete Carroll opted to pass the ball on the one-yard line instead of handing it off to the power back, who led the league in touchdowns that season. If the play worked, Carroll would have been regaled for his offensive genius. However, it resulted in a game-ending interception, so he was not.
“We actually plan to use Lynch exclusively as a one-yard, goal line specialist,” Carroll explains. “That way, he’ll be able to stay healthy at 33, because we’ll never give him the ball.”