NFL Running Backs to Regain Their Draft Value in 2015

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs the ball in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bottom Line

The Seattle Seahawks were one Marshawn Lynch carry away from being back-to-back Super Bowl Champions. They hadn’t stopped him all day but all of the sudden, Carroll wanted to be a genius instead of basic, the way he got to the Super Bowl. And lets keep it 100, he did so with a quarterback in Russell Wilson that’s good but not special.

NBC quoted Lynch saying to a Turkish station, “To be honest with you, I would be a liar if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the bal.  I think it was more of a—how do I say this?  When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I’m the face of the nation.  You know, the MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point in time.  I don’t know what went into that call.  Maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl.”

Yes, it did cost the Seahawks the Super Bowl as Lynch was unstoppable in the game while Wilson was okay. Excuse the conspiracy theorist in me but it looked like another attempt to validate the quarterback and devalue the running back. But it backfired as all everyone is questioning Carroll for going away from the best running back in the NFL that year.

And as for the others, we have two veterans that didn’t go to the right teams to have the success their exceptional talents warrant. We have a super talented rookie going into an ideal situation that just so happens to need him to become contenders. Then there’s that Peterson kid that coming off a year’s rest to a better team with a quarterback, ready to do some damage.

The running back position is coming back!