Eddie Lacy Will Start At Running Back And Get Majority Of Carries: Seahawks Need Rhythm In Running Game

“I’m hoping that we will get kind of in rhythm. I don’t feel like we have been in rhythm. I think I have held them back a little bit by spreading it around quite a bit and trying to figure that out,” coach Pete Carroll said. “And so as we zero in here, heading into the second half (of the regular season), I’m hoping that we are going to make some real headway.”

That one back for Sunday against Washington is Lacy.

“Well, we need to improve in the running game, obviously,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “There are a lot of things that we are continuing to work on, and obviously just being able to block up front and be able to cover guys up so we can get back to the line of scrimmage.

Lacy, the 250-pound masher, has 108 yards on 42 carries. Thomas Rawls, expected to be the lead back or at least compete for the job with Lacy after two injury-filled seasons, has 59 yards on 30 rushes. He has looked over-anxious in the limited chances he’s gotten. Rawls got one snap in the September loss at Tennessee and was left a healthy inactive for the first time in his career during that Colts game in which Carson got hurt. McKissic, also a wide receiver and backup kick returner, has 54 yards on 13 rushes. He’s been the third-down back because C.J. Prosise has yet another injury and can’t stay on the field.
The Seahawks have been resorting to fly sweeps from wide receiver Tyler Lockett across formations. Those have worked a little bit, or as little as they’ve tried them. Lockett has 44 yards on seven carries.
The Seahawks are 21st in the league in rushing offense. Without Wilson’s scrambling they’d be 31st. Only two teams have fewer rushing touchdowns than Seattle’s two: Cincinnati (one) and Miami (zero).TheNewsTribune

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