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Totally different backs. I loved Alexander, but he's not close to the back that Lynch was. Just an opinion.
Put Lynch behind that O Line and he might have been bored out there, looking for contact.
 

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Yep. Always sad to see a guy go out with a quiet thud. But it happened. He was one hell of a player regardless.
Shoot, the Seahawks had Franco Harris. Talk about a sad sight. An all time great and he looked beyond washed.
 

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Yep. Always sad to see a guy go out with a quiet thud. But it happened. He was one hell of a player regardless.
Shoot, the Seahawks had Franco Harris. Talk about a sad sight. An all time great and he looked beyond washed.
Same with Jerry Rice.

And Edgerin James
John Randle
Terrell Owens
Chad Eaton
Warren Moon
Jamal Adams
CJ Spiller
 

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Same with Jerry Rice.

And Edgerin James
John Randle
Terrell Owens
Chad Eaton
Warren Moon
Jamal Adams
CJ Spiller
Add Ricky Watters to that list except that Watters was a true contributor for three years (1998 - 2000), rushing for over 1200 yards each of those years while adding 1375 yards combined receiving.
 

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The best running back in Seahawks history.

Shaun Alexander the Great
Everybody loved Lynch because he was pounding, punishing, in your face Back, and fact is, If you hoped to move the pile/sticks He'd be your kind of Back....His Style of play however, is/was hard to sustain, and still remain healthy.
Many suggest that Alexander wouldn't have had near the success if he had to run behind a less stellar LT & LG, but the fact is, it's what HE did >AFTER< he broke through the line that made him the MOST PROLIFIC Seahawks RB.
It P!$$ed a lot of people off that he'd opted not to take unnecessary pounding for a mere 1 or 2 more yards, calling him "Soft", BUT the results for his style of play= More Yards, More TOUCHDOWNS, and a healthier player, which meant -> availABILITY.
Penny = Injury = Unavailable
Thinking about why Curt Warner, & Chris Carson's careers wound up being cut short = Career ending Injurys.
 

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And once he got out in FRONT of that "O-Line" is where he did most of his damage to Defenses, and thus the "BETTER NUMBERS"
Put Alexander behind Lynch's oline and it's a different story.
 

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Put Alexander behind Lynch's oline and it's a different story.
The POINT IS, the Shaun Alexander & Marshawn Lynch "Stories" are already in the History Books, so your What If's don't mean SQUAT.
Alexanders numbers DWARF every other Seahawks RB, Sad for the Lynch mob? yeah, Maybe, BUT IT'S STILL THE TRUTH.
Alexander was a 'Touchdown Machine' in the Red Zone, EVEN WHEN he Ran to the not so 'Stellar' RIGHT SIDE.
 

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Alexander > Lynch
Agreed, though it's close. I can understand why some folks might go with Marshawn here, but I can't understand why some people think it's crazy to think Shaun was better.

But hating Shaun Alexander is like a meme on here. If only Shaun had ended his career early to get us about 50 extra yards total (maybe) across a couple of seasons! That'd prove what a smart and talented football player he was!

And his softness was exaggerated anyway. His most prolific years he was actually reliable in short yardage situations and improved in pass blocking as well. People just never let go of their opinion about what type of RB he 'was' from before. (He only had 5 straight seasons of 1,600+ yards from scrimmage and 16+ TDs, I'm sure that's a relatively common stat that lots and lots of RBs have in their NFL careers. I'll bet Marshawn had to have done it at least... what's that? Once, he did it once? Ok, but Curt Warner surely... 'Never', you say? Huh.)

Also, Marshawn is simply better known to a lot of folks. He was the guy they actually watched regularly, and he WAS amazing as well, so there is some recency bias here as well.
 

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The POINT IS, the Shaun Alexander & Marshawn Lynch "Stories" are already in the History Books, so your What If's don't mean SQUAT.
Alexanders numbers DWARF every other Seahawks RB, Sad for the Lynch mob? yeah, Maybe, BUT IT'S STILL THE TRUTH.
Alexander was a 'Touchdown Machine' in the Red Zone, EVEN WHEN he Ran to the not so 'Stellar' RIGHT SIDE.
Your obsession with caps lock doesn't help your argument, just looks like a pathetic keyboard warrior trying to yell.

Never said Alexander was bad, just saying his stats were heavily influenced by one of the best olines in NFL history. Do yourself a favor and look at his stats when Hutchinson left. Went from 5.1 yards/carry to 3.6 in 2006, and 3.5 in 2007. He doesn't get 5 yds/carry behind an average oline no matter how much of his jock you shove in your face.
 

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Yep. Always sad to see a guy go out with a quiet thud. But it happened. He was one hell of a player regardless.
Shoot, the Seahawks had Franco Harris. Talk about a sad sight. An all time great and he looked beyond washed.
I vaguely remember being upset about signing Franco, because I believed at the time that we probably could have gotten Earl Campbell for a song. And I would MUCH rather have had Earl Campbell running for us than Franco Harris.
 

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Your obsession with caps lock doesn't help your argument, just looks like a pathetic keyboard warrior trying to yell.

Never said Alexander was bad, just saying his stats were heavily influenced by one of the best olines in NFL history. Do yourself a favor and look at his stats when Hutchinson left. Went from 5.1 yards/carry to 3.6 in 2006, and 3.5 in 2007. He doesn't get 5 yds/carry behind an average oline no matter how much of his jock you shove in your face.
Funny, before Hutchinson he averaged 4.9 per carry. After Hutchinson, he fractured his foot at the end of game one. The "pious" one believed that he could play on it because "God would heal his foot." The boneheaded (I am being as kind and politically correct as I can here) decision did permanent damage. The fact that Holmgren allowed him to play on it, soured me to Holmgren a lot. Not quite Fade/Pete, but I was very critical of it. It essentially cost him his career and us, our best weapon. People always use the Hutchinson selfishness against SA and I find it interesting that it seems the vitriol heads towards the guy who stayed instead of Hutchitraitor who deserves every bit of vitriol, but for some reason people blame Ruskell for him not wanting to be here.
 

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