Monday cyber surfing: It’s all about Lynch

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 5:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the word on the big news of the day – Marshawn Lynch re-signing with the Seahawks: “The man who got the Seahawks’ running game moving again won’t be going anywhere. Marshawn Lynch has re-signed with Seattle, the team announced Sunday night. It’s the first significant move for the Seahawks this offseason as they try to sustain the momentum they gained on the ground toward the end of last season. Lynch, 25, rushed for 1,204 yards in 2011, making him the first Seahawk in six years to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season. He also scored a touchdown in 11 consecutive games, setting a franchise record.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune also looks at Lynch’s signing: “By signing Lynch, the Seahawks return the identity of the team’s offense in 2011, and can now focus on signing other soon-to-be free agents that they’d like to bring back, including defensive end Red Bryant, running back Mike Robinson and tight end John Carlson.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald also has the news on Lynch: “The question wasn’t so much whether Marshawn Lynch would be a Seahawk next season, but rather what the long-term future held for the running back. And on Sunday, the Seahawks announced that Lynch will be a part of the team’s long-term plans, and not just their immediate future, having signed him to a multi-year contract.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we explore the importance of retaining Lynch: “But with Lynch, it’s not just the yards he gains and the touchdowns he scores, but how he does it – with a “Beast Mode” style that has to be seen to be believed. And the closer, the better. At the Combine, Bucky Brooks said no back in the league runs as hard as Lynch. ‘Without question. No doubt. No one else runs that hard, with that determination,’ said Brooks, a former NFL wide receiver and scout for the Seahawks who is now an analyst for NFL.com. During the season, and on several occasions, Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson marveled at what Lynch was able to accomplish – especially the way he accomplished it. At one point, Robinson said he never had seen a back generate as much power on one leg as Lynch – which explains his ability to emerge from piles of would-be tacklers and gain yards that just don’t seem to be there. ‘That’s the way he is. That’s the type of guy he is,’ Robinson said. ‘He walks aggressively. Marshawn does everything he does aggressively. That’s what you like about him.’ ”

There’s also a look at Lynch’s highlights in video and photos.

We’ve also got a look at the new-look CenturyLink Field: “The Seahawks’ home field that is very much an advantage turns 10 this year. And by any name – now CenturyLink Field; Qwest Field before that; and Seahawks Stadium before that – the state-of-the-art facility has been very good to the Seahawks. Since moving into their new digs in 2002, they are 56-30 – 51-29 in the regular season and 5-1 in the postseason. They won their first conference championship there, after the 2005 season. They pulled off one of the biggest playoff upsets in league history there, by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in a 2010 wild-card game. They have sold out 77 consecutive games, as their 12th MAN crowd has turned the place into one of the noisiest venues in professional sports. So it’s only appropriate that CenturyLink Field is getting some upgrades – or birthday presents, if you will. A new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface has been installed, and Sounders FC already is playing on it. The scoreboards in the north and south end zones are currently being replaced. It’s a combination that will allow CenturyLink Field to play better, and look better – for the team, as well as its beyond-faithful fans. ‘We want to maintain a standard of excellence,’ said Lance Lopes, senior vice president/general counsel. ‘So we felt we could have a better field than we had with this new product.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com says re-signing Lynch was the best option for the Seahawks and the team’s leading rusher: “The way things work for running backs, Marshawn Lynch should be more relieved than the Seahawks after signing a four-year deal with the team Sunday. The deal, announced by the team, should give Lynch more financial security than he would have enjoyed as a franchise player. Every year is precious for running backs. Their production tends to fall off sharply from about age 28 forward. Lynch is only 25 and is coming off a 1,200-yard season, but if the Seahawks were to draft a power back in April, Lynch’s long-term job security would have suffered in the absence of a longer-term commitment from Seattle.”

For a look at the rest of the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, which also includes this on Lynch: “The signing of Marshawn Lynch to a four-year deal last night — actually, Seattle GM John Schneider had the deal all but done after a negotiating session at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that ended at 3:15 a.m. nine days ago — is a boost for a team on the rise. Lynch is a young player still; he doesn’t turn 26 until next month, so when he finishes this contract he’ll be 29 years old. In his five NFL seasons, he hasn’t been beaten up; he’s averaged 227 carries a season. The Seahawks went on a strong run with him late in the season, going 5-4 (with all four losses by 10 points or less) and beating Philadelphia and Baltimore in the process. In those nine games, Lynch, who revels in being called “BeastMode” for his style of running, gained 104 rushing yards a game, on average, and changed Seattle’s identity. A fun-loving, Skittles-chomping player, Lynch even got the sedate billionaire owner of the Seahawks, Paul Allen, excited early this morning on Twitter. ‘BeastMode will be back!! Great news for this young, exciting team & 12th Man.’ “


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