On Monday afternoon I asked coach Jauron if it was just coincidence that Marshawn Lynch had just one carry in the fourth quarter. Here was his response.
“I wish he would have touched the ball more obviously,” he said.
Lynch had just 16 carries in the game despite a career high 8.4 yards per carry average.
Buffalo had nine plays inside the 10-yard line and Lynch only got his number called on one of those plays. Jauron was asked if that’s the best utilization of Lynch under those circumstances.
“Not when you fail,” said Jauron. “Nothing is a good utilization of anything when it doesn’t work. That’s kind of where we are. Nothing worked very well for us on that side of the ball in the red zone.”
Jauron also stated that it’s their goal every game to get Lynch about 25 carries.
“We are believers that you don’t want to destroy your running back,” he said. “You don’t want your running back running 33 times a game. So we like to limit his touches to the mid-twenties. It’s a very long season. Sometimes we don’t get there and sometimes we overdo it, but that’s our goal.”
For the record the number of times Lynch has carried the ball 23-26 times this season has been twice (vs. Oak, vs. Clev).
Number of times over that mark? Zero.
Average carries per game this season 17.08.
Tags: Dick Jauron, Marshawn Lynch
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