Seahawks RB Robert Turbin took a turbo-charged step forward. Playing with the first-team offense in the first half, Turbin exploded for 81 yards on 12 carries, highlighted by a 47-yard scamper that might have caused seismic activity, had it been in the regular season.
Christine Michael, on the other hand, fumbled on his first carry, which is the quickest way off the field in Pete Carroll’s offense. Michael recovered the ball, as he did last week against the Broncos, but two fumbles in two games will not sit well. With Turbin doing the bulk of the rushing, the Seattle offense hummed beautifully in the first half, the story said. The RB2 handcuff to Marshawn Lynch may be a spot to think about covering. With a lot of early hype about Michael, things appear to be trending toward Turbin.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:39am
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart for now, but Christine Michael is the more explosive runner and will win this job if he continues to prove he can do the job as a blocker in pass protection.
Michael is considered by the fantasy community to be Marshawn Lynch's primary backup, but it's not clear if the Seahawks agree.
Seahawks beat writer Tom Pelissero on the team's RB situation: "With starting RB Marshawn Lynch holding out, Robert Turbin took the first rep with the No. 1 offense, followed by Christine Michael. Should Lynch’s holdout stretch into the regular season – and as of now, I find it hard to believe that happens – Michael is the guy to watch. He’s a powerful, explosive athlete. He didn’t know how to be a pro as a rookie, but coaches have raved about his progress in Year 2. Even if Lynch is back, Michael should get a long look as a change of pace and on third downs."
Michael is still running behind Turbin, but according to Pelissero, that shouldn't last for long. If Lynch's holdout lasts into the season, we would expect that Michael will see a significant role.
Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:42pm
It's just the first day with no pads, but Seahawks running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin took full advantage of Marshawn Lynch's absence and had several impressive runs. Michael really shows off his speed on outside runs around the edge, usually out running linebackers to the sideline before the defensive back can catch him.
Seahawks Marshawn Lynch told two teammates last year he might retire if Seattle won the Super Bowl. They did. Asked a source, could he walk? “He could.” Lynch has saved his money earned in NFL. His retirement thought is real. “I could see him walking away,” source says.
Whoa. This is the first that we've heard of a potential retirement, but if it's real, it's just another red flag surrounding Lynch this offseason. He marches to the beat of his own drummer, so anything is possible. Yesterday it was reported that he was unhappy with his contract and may not report to minicamp. Now this. Christine Michael is the obvious beneficiary if Lynch decides to hang 'em up, but Robert Turbin would be in the mix as well.
Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell once again complimented the play of RB Christine Michael: “We really like what we’re seeing. The guys have really been working hard at their positions. They work hard at the details. They’ve come a long way, particularly Christine Michael from last year to this year. (Robert Turbin is) working extremely hard out here as well. Finishing his runs. You see him running all the way to the end zone. So those guys are just doing a really nice job working.”
Bevell was asked what Michael had to work on: “I think attention to detail and becoming a professional football player and taking it like it’s his job. I think there were some distractions going on for him a little bit and he just really needed to focus in on the details of things – footwork, reads, assignments and all those kind of things that he’s really doing right now. He’s really turned the page on last year and we like what we’re seeing right now.”
It appears that Michael has passed Turbin on the depth chart and is now the RB2 in Seattle. He will hold considerable upside as the handcuff to Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is still a solid RB1 even if Michael eats into his workload a bit. He should continue to be the team's bell cow while Michael gets his feet wet.
Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:41pm
Turbin may have lost the RB2 job to Christine Michael.
While in Aggies land researching Seahawks RB Christine Michael, ESPN's Louis Riddick talked with Larry Jackson, Texas A&M’s strength and conditioning coach who also worked at Oklahoma when Adrian Peterson terrorized defenses. And what Jackson told Riddick stunned him.
“He told me that from a functional explosiveness perspective that Christine was on the same level as Adrian,” Riddick said. “When you’re talking about functional explosiveness — acceleration, change of direction, force and impact on contact, breaking tackles — he said he’s the same as Adrian. The only difference ... is that Adrian believed that he was unstoppable. He didn’t know if Christine believed it yet.”
(When asked to verify his comments, Jackson said that’s exactly what he said.)
The article is from last August, but Riddick mentioned it again on Twitter this week. Michael may have finally passed Robert Turbin on the depth chart. OC Darrell Bevell said that, due to Michael’s play in practice, the team was going to move to more of a committee approach at RB. While we still believe that Marshawn Lynch will still be the clear RB1 in 2014, Michael’s role should grow. He’s a high-upside handcuff for Lynch.
According to Terry Blount of ESPN.com, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said the Seahawks will spread the carries around more this fall.
“We are going to be running back by committee,” Bevell said at a Town Hall event for season ticket holders. “
One of the reasons Seattle would be more open to a committee at running back is due to second-year back Christine Michael.
Michael essentially redshirted for the Seahawks last season. He was Seattle’s first draft selection last year, being selected with the 62nd overall pick of the 2013 draft. However, he was active for just four games as the Seahawks preferred the stability of Lynch and backup Robert Turbin.
But Michael’s combination of speed and power still has the Seahawks intrigued and he is expected to have a bigger role this season.
“We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now,” Bevell said.
Seahawks RB coach Sherman Smith said earlier in the offseason that there was a "drop off" and that Lynch would continue to be the bell cow, but it appears that Michael has changed his offensive coordinator's mind with good play in practice.
On the subject of Marshawn Lynch's workload...
"We could be running-back-by-committee," Seahawks RB coach Sherman Smith said. "But who does it hurt? It hurts us because we're watering down Marshawn's reps so we can get other backs in there."
"To me, there's a drop off," Smith said. "You take Marshawn out of the game, there's a drop off to the next guy. So why would we do that?"
Lynch has finished in the top 5 for three straight seasons and seems as safe of a pick as anyone in the first round. There is one concern heading into 2014 — Lynch’s DUI trial (from his 2012 arrest) is set to start in February and depending on the outcome, Lynch could be serving some sort of suspension when the season opens. He’s under contract for two more seasons, so the Seahawks will likely ride him hard before handing the keys over to scout-favorite Christine Michael or backup Robert Turbin. Also, Lynch has 1,955 career touches, so he’s no spring chicken.
Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:09am
Lynch has two more years on his contract, and Christine Michael (and Robert Turbin) are waiting in the wings. Michael is considered to be the RB of the future, but the Seahawks are likely to continue to give Lynch a big workload in 2014 and see how he holds up.
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Robert Turbin and Christine Michael would get most of the work if Lynch can't play. More likely, he's just getting a day of rest.
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 6:55pm
Rookie Christine Michael showed some giddy-up on that 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but that was only his second-most impressive play in Green Bay. He single-handedly caught a pass out of the backfield and turned it into a 25-yard gain.
Not only did Robert Turbin look a little less explosive when he got the ball, but he failed on a blitz pickup of Clay Matthews, resulting in one of the Packers' three sacks of Wilson. The fact that a running back – alone – was assigned to block one of the league's top pass rushers is evidence that the scheme was as much to blame as execution on that sack, but there's going to be a pretty fierce competition to see who gets more carries this season: Turbin or Michael.
Michael has the momentum and has big-play ability, so if Marshawn Lynch were to go down, we'd probably see both Michael and Turbin involved in the running game.
Starting running back Marshawn Lynch played just two plays in Seattle’s exhibition opener before giving way to Michael, the team’s second-round selection out of Texas A&M.
Michael got his share of opportunities in Seattle’s 31-10 win over the San Diego Chargers. He ran six times for 21 yards in the first half. In the second half, he turned it up a notch, carrying 10 times for 66 yards — including a 24-yard run — for a total of 89 yards on 16 carries.
“We weren’t going to get frustrated with what happened early, and just (kept) sticking to it,” Carroll said. “He bounced the ball well outside on his long run – had a couple of nice runs. He’s got a long way to go, but he ran hard, looked quick and made some guys miss. So I think it’s a very good first game for him.”
Michael may have moved ahead of Robert Turbin in the battle to be the primary backup to Lynch.
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