The Seattle Seahawks ran the ball more times than any team in the league in 2012, and head coach Pete Carroll doesn't plan on changing that this year. Speaking at a town hall meeting at CenturyLink Field, Carroll plainly stated that the team will continue to emphasize the running game, via the Seahawks' official website:
"There are so many good things that come from running the football. It adds to the mentality of your team. It adds to the toughness of your football club that you present.
"Because you're always going to play tough defense, hopefully. We're always going to be tough in special teams. But you can be other than that on offense if you don't run the football. We want to be a physical, aggressive, tough, get-after-you football team. And that's where we can send the biggest message about that commitment to that."
Carroll has been committed to the running game ever since being hired by Seattle. In 2010, he traded for Marshawn Lynch, who went on to rush for 1,590 yards last season. He drafted Robert Turbin in the fourth round in 2012 and took yet another running back in 2013, drafting Christine Michael.
Even with the addition of Percy Harvin and the expected development of Russell Wilson, Carroll doesn't intend to change his core offensive philosophy. The Seahawks led the league in rushing attempts and set a franchise record with 2,579 yards. Wilson helped out Lynch with 489 yards running out of the read-option.
The team is expected to rotate between Lynch, Turbin, Michael and Spencer Ware and don't plan to overuse Lynch, who had 315 carries last year and has a history of back spasms.