Seahawks Files: RB Chris Warren

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So in a moment of nostalgia, I happened to look up video of one of the most underrated RBs of the 1990s - our very own Chris Warren. It's still a mystery to me why the guy didn't get more pub than he did, although I think the car accident that he was in with Lamar Smith and Mike Frier, likely had something to do with why the NFL never completely embraced him.
Chris reminds me some of Rashad Penny. Big, shifty and can hit top speed in 2 steps. The guy was our offense through some very lean years, and you have to wonder how good he might have been if the team around him wasn't stuck in the purgatory of quarterbackdom that saw names like Mirer, Friesz, Gelbaugh and Mcguire assume the helm.
Extremely talented and very underappreciated.

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When you ain't winning, it's hard for the individual players to "break thru" on the popularity front.

Tez was one of the few who could pull that off. Warren was good, but he wasn't Tez good.
 

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God I wish they would put a chrome finish on those old helmets. Chris Warren was a damn stud. Very unappreciated. This is something to think about also Mirer was a top draft pick and he flamed out. It could happen again!
 

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Great post. Totally agree. He was nice with it.
 

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Chris Warren was great on some bad teams. He was a bruiser but boy he could also "glide". Tall running back (6'2" I think) who would deceptively pick up 7-8 yards around the edge and make it look pedestrian. I don't agree with the Penny comparison on the body - Chris was an Adonis. Penny looks like a garbage-can.

EDIT: do agree on your other comparisons with Penny though but different physiques. Not being a bonerhead I swear.
 

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Warren probably was underrated because he didn't look like he was running very fast. He was a long strider, almost a glider as pointed out. No need for choppy steps. So not a Penny comparison.
Penny looks faster and probably is.
Warren never got credit because he made it look so easy. And he would pick up 7-8 yards in what looked like a 3 yd run.
One of my favorite RBs. Loved him as a player.
 
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Warren probably was underrated because he didn't look like he was running very fast. He was a long strider, almost a glider as pointed out. No need for choppy steps. So not a Penny comparison.
Penny looks faster and probably is.
Warren never got credit because he made it look so easy. And he would pick up 7-8 yards in what looked like a 3 yd run.
One of my favorite RBs. Loved him as a player.

Agree. The comparison to Penny was only in terms of size, speed, and the ability to get to top gear instantly.

Chris was a treat to watch.
 

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My fandom blossomed in his era, due to one of those giantass satellite dishes that had like a motor and $hit. That dude was productive with Stan Gelbaugh at quarterback. It bears repeating: Stan Gelbaugh. Loooooooootttttta similarities to Corey Dillon, who I think is one of the best I've ever seen.
 

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So in a moment of nostalgia, I happened to look up video of one of the most underrated RBs of the 1990s - our very own Chris Warren. It's still a mystery to me why the guy didn't get more pub than he did, although I think the car accident that he was in with Lamar Smith and Mike Frier, likely had something to do with why the NFL never completely embraced him.
Chris reminds me some of Rashad Penny. Big, shifty and can hit top speed in 2 steps. The guy was our offense through some very lean years, and you have to wonder how good he might have been if the team around him wasn't stuck in the purgatory of quarterbackdom that saw names like Mirer, Friesz, Gelbaugh and Mcguire assume the helm.
Extremely talented and very underappreciated.

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Minor quibble: At the 2:30 mark of the first video, the announcer said "For the first time ever, the Seahawks led the AFC in rushing. And the point man of the ground attack was Chris Warren." As I recall, Curt Warner led the AFC in rushing in 1983, his first year with us -- and then again in '86 and '87.

Still an enjoyable video, though.
 

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Minor quibble: At the 2:30 mark of the first video, the announcer said "For the first time ever, the Seahawks led the AFC in rushing. And the point man of the ground attack was Chris Warren." As I recall, Curt Warner led the AFC in rushing in 1983, his first year with us -- and then again in '86 and '87.

Still an enjoyable video, though.
The top team in the AFC for rushing yards was not the Seahawks in any of those seasons. They were the Colts, Bengals and Raiders respectively.
 

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The top team in the AFC for rushing yards was not the Seahawks in any of those seasons. They were the Colts, Bengals and Raiders respectively.
Ah, I missed the distinction. I heard what I thought I heard, not what he actually said.
 

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From what I recall, Warren was a hell of a RB for us. Shifty, athletic, but in the end of his career he suffered "Shaun Alexander-itis". Became afraid of contact and would run out of bounds waaaaay too easily. So the word "soft" would come up and boy oh boy that word can infiltrate anotherwise solid career.

As a contrast, FB John L Williams was a complete stud who could power through a cement wall and never was confused for being soft.
 
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