Even though he just concluded his fifth NFL season, Marshawn Lynch said he grew up and became a pro in 2011.
He took care of himself off the field. Little things like extra stretching, eating a bit better - sans the Skittles that are always nearby - and a willingness to be coached that might not have been there in the past.
The same could be said about much of the Seattle Seahawks' youth-based roster, and is the big reason why even after another losing season there is some optimism about Seattle's future.
''The direction that the team is going in, you can continue to see week in guys continuing to get better, following the motto of the program, just competing,'' Lynch said. ''You continue to see that.''
Seattle dropped its final two games of the regular season to finish 7-9 after losing 23-20 to Arizona on Sunday. But before the season-ending losses to San Francisco and the Cardinals, the Seahawks ran off five wins in six games to climb ba...