When coming over from the Buffalo Bills 43 games ago, Marshawn Lynch had found Pro Bowl success with a running style he has had since first becoming a running back. But 18 games into his tenure as a Seattle Seahawk, Lynch approached offensive line coach Tom Cable and said he was ready to change his running style so he could have success in Seattle's zone-running scheme.
In reaction to Lynch wanting to completely change his running style, here is what Cable had to say:
"It's a big deal to me that he was willing to do that," Cable said. "Once he grabbed onto it with both hands, he had tremendous success," Cable said.
He's not kidding when he says he had tremendous success. Since going to Cable, No. 24 has surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark 16 times in 25 games and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Before then, he was averaging a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry in his first 16 games with the Seahawks.
The steady improvement along the offensive line has also helped Lynch get selected to his second-straight Pro Bowl appearance. The most notable improvements on the offensive line have come from Russell Okung and Max Unger.
Come Sunday, let's see if Lynch can reproduce some of the same magic he had in his last Wild Card appearance in 2010.
Also, be sure to check out Danny O'Neil's original article with even more details here.
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