After getting only eight carries in Monday night’s victory over the Rams in St. Louis, Marshawn Lynch was understandably frustrated. But so was coach Pete Carroll.
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 30, when the Seahawks began practicing for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field:
Pete Carroll made it clear during his midweek Q&A session with the media that he was as frustrated as anyone – including Marshawn Lynch – that the team’s leading rusher got only eight carries in Monday night’s oh-so-close victory over the Rams in St. Louis.
In fact, during the flight back from St. Louis as Monday night was becoming Tuesday morning, Carroll sat with Lynch and shared his frustration.
“We were both sitting in frustration over the exact same issue,” Carroll said on Wednesday. “We didn’t get the ball to him in ways that we had hoped to because of the way the game turned out. There was no intention at all. Unfortunately, we didn’t get him going.”
You have to go all the way back to Week 2 in 2011 to find a game where Lynch carried fewer times for fewer than the 23 he had against the Rams – six for 11 in a 24-0 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. His previous lows this season were 17 carries (four times) and 43 yards (in the season opener against the Panthers in Carolina).
“That’s not how we play,” Carroll said. “So hopefully we’ll do better this time.”
That would be in Sunday’s game against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field.
Part of Lynch being limited was the fact that the Seahawks ran only 40 plays, and a big part of that was the fact that they converted a season-low 18 percent on third downs (two of 11).
Lynch does not talk to the media, but it’s pretty easy to read his body language. So it was apparent that eight carries for 23 yards isn’t enough – in either category – for a workhorse back who carried 315 times for a career-best 1,590 yards last season.
“I share the frustration with him,” Carroll said. “I don’t mind one bit him being frustrated about that. I was too.”