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The Seattle Seahawks were instrumental in the team missing the playoffs last season and changing coaches in January. They were unable to run the ball consistently or stop the run. Avoiding a repeat will be crucial in the fight to return to the playoffs under Mike Macdonald.

Despite investing two second-round picks in running backs Ken Walker III and Zach Charbonnet in two consecutive drafts, the Seahawks finished last season with a terrible 28th place in rushing attack. They were also outside the top 20 in the NFL in yards per run, expected points added and rushing touchdowns and did not come close to meeting expectations. This was mainly due to a weak, injury-plagued offensive line.

Walker and Charbonnet, meanwhile, did their best with shoddy blocks and combined for nearly 1,400 yards, with the majority of those yards coming after contact. According to Pro Football Reference, Seattle ranked fourth in attempts per broken tackle, which illustrates their efforts to gain yards despite the lack of running space in front of them.

While the Seahawks have failed to produce a consistent running game on offense, their defense has been a matador against opposing running attacks, especially after Uchenna Nwosu was ruled out for the season with a season-ending injury in Week 7. Over their final 11 games, they have allowed an incredible 1,829 rushing yards, 310 more than the next-worst team during that span (the Cardinals), and they have scored a league-high 18 rushing touchdowns.

In a new episode of “Locked On Seahawks,” hosts Corbin Smith and Connor Benintendi revisit Seattle’s running game woes last season on offense and defense and discuss why there should be optimism on both fronts heading into the new year, starting with the personnel and strategy changes, with Macdonald calling the shots on defense.

Smith and Benintendi also dive into the inside linebacker group in their latest training camp position meeting, continuing the 90-man countdown by looking at the best and worst case scenarios for Darrell Taylor, Mike Jackson and Charbonnet.

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