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Pete Carroll: Seahawks' run game 'roaring right back'

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The Seattle Seahawks' run game struggled in 2016 due to Marshawn Lynch's departure, injuries to running backs and a disastrous offensive line.

With the ground game unable to pound out yards, it discombobulated the rest of the operation. During the 2016 regular season, Seattle passed on more than 60 percent of its plays, per Next Gen Stats; in 2015, that number was a tad over 51 percent.

Coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle this week the Seahawks plan to get back to running the ball more in 2017.

"We definitely will," Carroll said, via ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. "We lost 100-something runs last year. And that was basically the story. That was basically the tale of why everything came about as it did. The defense had to do some more stuff. We had to throw the ball more. We had to pass protect more and all of that because the running game got knocked up.

"With the quarterback being a mess and the running back situation, everybody being banged up, we were just unable to find it. So I think we'll come roaring right back at it."

Last year, the Seahawks' run game ranked 23rd in efficiency by Football Outsiders, after finishing third, first, seventh and first the previous four years, respectively.

The addition of Eddie Lacy beefs up the backfield that already boasted pint-sized bulldozer Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. The trio could form the most dynamic backfield in the NFL, if they stay healthy.

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