One of the highlights of the Seattle Seahawks' annual town hall meeting Wednesday night was offensive line coach Tom Cable’s comments on how quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch feed off each other.
“Marshawn needs Russ like Russ needs Marshawn,” Cable said. “It’s like ham and eggs or peanut butter and jelly. They’ve got to have each other for this thing to work. Neither one of them is bigger or greater than the other. And they probably wouldn’t be very good without the other one, to be quite honest with you.”
Lynch has rushed for 4,153 yards and 36 touchdowns since Wilson became the Seattle quarterback in 2012, including 1,306 yards and 13 TDs last season. But Lynch also rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 TDs the year before Wilson arrived.
Wilson rushed for a franchise-record 849 yards by a quarterback last season, the fifth highest total for a quarterback in NFL history. Together, Lynch and Wilson helped set a team rushing record of 2,762 yards in 2014.
Lynch also has 93 receptions for 879 yards (including seven TDs) since Wilson arrived, including a career-high 37 catches for 367 yards and four TDs last season.
With Lynch to help him in the backfield, Wilson has experienced a record-setting three seasons. His 36 regular-season victories are the most of any QB in his first three NFL seasons, and his 15 comeback wins are the most of any quarterback since 2012. Wilson’s 98.6 passer rating is fourth in the NFL since 2012.
“I think our system allows them both to prosper,” Cable said of Wilson and Lynch. “What we all understand as coaches is we really need that dynamic of how one plays off the other. One’s the bruiser [Lynch]. He’s the street brawler. The other guy [Wilson] looks like the artist and they’re both very productive.”