The Incredible Reliability of Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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There aren’t a lot of words printed or published about Marshawn Lynch. Even at White Cover Magazine — a “publication” with a strong geographic bias towards Northwest sports franchises or any club with teal trim on its jersey — Lynch just doesn’t have the same flair or Search Engine Optimization that his rookie quarterback Russell Wilson does.

Arian Foster, also, has fallen a little off the golden path. He had a remarkable regular season, but he wasn’t Adrian Peterson. AP is everything. He’s all we want to talk about. He’s all anyone wants to talk about. He’s the reason Minnesota even had a game against the Green Bay Packers last weekend, whether it was a blowout loss or not.

Yet, it’s Lynch and Foster who are still playing football.

Ray Rice, too. Frank Gore. Michael Turner. Hell, even Ryan Grant and Danny Woodhead.

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In the regular season, running backs are actually running backs. In the playoffs, they need to channel something else. They need to catch and release. They need to block.

Their stat line isn’t defined by the 2,000 yards they did get. It’s defined by that one play we remember. (Marshawn Lynch and his 67-yard bruising scramble against the New Orleans Saints were proof of that.)

This isn’t to say Adrian Peterson couldn’t do what these guys did last weekend. It’s not like Foster’s 100+ yards or Lynch’s 100+ yards were greater — as one moment — than Peterson’s regular season was. It’s not like Peterson couldn’t have done the same with a better team and in an easier stadium than Lambeau Field.

But, when the smoke of 2012 and the few few months of this year clears and thins, we’ll remember what these remaining running backs do on their way up to that final podium more than we will AP’s amazing comeback year.

2,000 yards is nothing. The Super Bowl is everything.

If you don’t believe me, ask Barry Sanders. Jamal Lewis. Chris Johnson. Adrian Peterson after next season.

Or Eric Dickerson.

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on Arian Foster, September 20, 2012:

“I’ll say it again: Arian Foster is the best running back in the NFL.

Will he be the best, week-in and week-out, for every week of the 2012 NFL season? Will be undoubtedly lead the league in rushing this year? Will he go 17 games without an injury, or without Tweeting it to everybody?

No, we can’t be sure. But, isn’t that the same with anybody.

Canadian sports network, The Score, threw up a poll on their Facebook page today, and Foster finished second to the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. No surprise there. Peterson is a beast, a myth, sometimes even a God. He doesn’t get the touches he deserves, and he’s still capable of accounting for his team’s entire offensive output in any given game.”

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on Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yards touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in January, 2011:

“And, this is the big one… with New Orleans pressing in the 4th quarter, the Seahawks lead shrinks to 34-30 and Drew Brees completes dissecting passes with ease… even FOX’s commentators declare, “If the Saints score here, does anybody in America believe they can’t win this game”… but, hey, nobody’s ever given any team in the Pacific Northwest any respect… New Orleans onslaught continues, despite my bitterness, and it looks as they might prove FOX right… dare I say it, the Saints’ offence is “flooding” downfield… and then, as Seattle struggles to complete first downs with any efficiency… MARSHAWN LYNCH BREAKS THROUGH FOR A FIRST DOWN AND MORE, TOSSING SAINTS LEFT AND RIGHT! HE THROWS CORNERBACK TRACY PORTER 10 FEET ON A STIFF ARM! HE RUMBLES DOWNFIELD, GOING 67 YARDS FOR A TOUCHDOWN! QWEST FIELD GETS LOUDER, AND IT’S ALREADY THE LOUDEST PLACE IN AMERICA! WITH 3:22 TO GO, SEATTLE LEADS THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS BY 11 POINTS!

(NOTE: There is a seismic measurement (i.e. earthquake) center close to Qwest Field. While watching the game at home, one of the employees wonders whether Lynch’s run actually “shook the ground,” so he goes into his office and checks. Turns out, the crowd at Qwest Field was so loud during the 67-yard rape of New Orleans’ defence that the noise actually shook the ground, and registered as a small earthquake.)