Seattle Slew: Running Game Revival

While this title, on the surface, references the 1977 Triple Crown winner, I mean to use it in the more literal sense…

“Slew” is defined in the dictionary as “to turn violently or uncontrollably in the opposite direction.” Seattle is a city in the state of Washington, in which the Seahawks play. Putting the two together, I’m here to shed some light upon the sudden turnaround of the Seahawks running game, a rapid change of which can only be defined as a “slew” – a violent turn in the opposite direction.

From the years 2012-2015 – the Seahawks golden age – Seattle was comfortably a top-four rushing offense, peaking as the best rushing attack in the league in 2014. They went to two Super Bowls during that span, led by a legendary defense, a young and talented quarterback, and Marshawn Lynch – the focal point of their top-ranked rushing attack. Then, as happens with all football dynasties, the pieces began to depart as quickly as they...