I remember sitting down at my computer Sunday nights after the day's games were over and being repeatedly disappointed at the score and stats for 'Hawks games (I was at school in Carolina at the time so couldn't actually watch any of them). Often enough though, there would be an uplifting bright spot in the rushing category on NFL.com/gamecenter: "Julius Jones 140 YDS", "Top Rusher Mo Morris 116 YDS."
I learned to love Mo in particular so his absence IS troubling but I'm not thoroughly convinced that we should be wringing our hands over the Seahawks' ability to run the ball - for these reasons:1) A swiss-cheese O-line did not prevent Mo and JJ from having 100yd+ games on several occasions or them combining for 100+ yds in a game.
2) Julius averaged a respectable 4.4 yds a carry (also his career high).
3) We have not seen what J. Jones can do when given the majority of the carries in a season.
4) And, here's the big one, we finished 19th in the league in rushing yards. That's close to the middle of the pack, not terribly far from top 15. Even more noteworthy are the running backs we beat out: Bush/Thomas/McAllister, Sproles/LT, Barber/Choice/Felix. Even Westbrook and the Eagles finished at 22nd.
Sooo why so much worry? Statistically, run offense was the strongest aspect of our game last year even though we were technically a pass-first team. Weaver and Morris will definitely be missed but I just don't see why the general consensus is that Run-O will be our weak spot, especially with the offensive line more or less back in action. Perhaps I'm missing some more insightful/meaningful statistics or maybe Morris really was higher caliber than J. Jones.
(Srry if my paragraphs/line breaks come out sloppy but the Shift+Enter thing stopped working..)