Citizens of Seattle, Washington: please look both ways before crossing the street. The Buffalo Bills have traded Willis McGahee .. I mean Marshawn Lynch to the Seattle Seahawks today for a 4th round pick in the upcoming draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft. A pretty good trade for the Bills if you ask me. It forces Chan Gailey to get Fred Jackson (who was clearly the better back last year) and our 1st round pick CJ Spiller on the field. Bills fans will undoubtedly complain that the Front Office did not get enough for Lynch, but what do you really expect?
A. Had 450 rushing yards last year.
B. Has had numerous off the field problems in his time in Buffalo.
C. Never lived up to the billing of being a great pass catcher coming out of college.
Don't get me wrong, I think Lynch is a good back, but he suffers from the same symptoms that plagued Willis McGahee in his time here in Buffalo. He just dances from side to side instead of going forward and hitting the hole (except Willis didn't have any trouble hitting the hole ... if you know what I mean). Marshawn is like a 235 pound load, his strength has always been that it takes more than 1 guy to tackle him. Therefore it would only stand to reason if he just hit the hole hard and ran forward, he'd probably be a really good back. Instead, the only way Marshawn ever seemed to crack 100 yards rushing was if he somehow miraculously broke off a long run (which rarely happened). I'm sure most Bills fans aren't aware of this but ... Marshawn Lynch only had six 100 yard rushing games in his entire career in Buffalo. 6 .. out of 46 games. And he hasn't cracked 100 yards since 2008 either.
Fact is, Fred Jackson is a better back, and a better pass catcher as well. And Spiller, well he's the exact opposite of Lynch, a homerun hitter. Which was evident by his kickoff return for a touchdown against New England. The Bills need to get him on the field and hand him the ball. Hopefully now that Lynch is gone, we'll see Spiller in the backfield a little more.