In getting troubled Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks show they’re not waiting to rebuild

The front office of the Seattle Seahawks isn’t content with waiting until next year, and Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley says that might be the better news than the Seahawks’ 2-2 start, good enough for a tie for first in the NFC West.

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These Seahawks, who have a bye this week, are willing to tear down and build up the roster as many times as they think are necessary and accept any criticisms of their moves.

When coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider came to Seattle last winter, there were no secrets. The offensive line couldn’t block. The defensive line couldn’t rush the passer. The secondary was porous. The running game was weak. And the receivers were incapable of stretching the field.

Neither Carroll nor Schneider accepted the notion that rebuilding takes time. They’ve been willing to take the kind of risks few front offices dare, with new players coming in almost daily.

Tuesday, they acquired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills, for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and either a fifth- or sixth-round pick in 2012.

Lynch is a gamble, because he has had problems in the past with the law. But he is a workhorse back. He breaks tackles and he’s only 24.

The Seahawks are rebuilding, but they are getting better this season while they build for the great beyond.