Thursday, January 30, 2014
TERRY BLOUNT via ESPN
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch cooperated Thursday in a compromise deal arranged with the Pro Football Writers of America, answering questions from selected journalists that were football-related only.
He spoke for 7 minutes, 25 seconds before asking if he could leave a designated area at the team hotel. He didn't abruptly leave and answered every question he was asked.
A table was set up with seven chairs facing Lynch and fullback Michael Robinson, where designated reporters asked the questions. Dozens of cameras were behind the chairs
Lynch answered each question briefly, bringing laughs with a couple of his responses. Lynch was asked what his first thoughts were of Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, the former head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
"I knew he came from Oakland and I knew he punched a guy," said Lynch, who is from Oakland. "So he's my kinda guy."
Cable allegedly had a physical altercation with an assistant coach while he was with the Raiders.
Lynch had become the talk of Super Bowl week with his brief appearance on media day Tuesday, along with another brief interview session Wednesday where he said almost nothing before climbing over a table to leave after a little over six minutes of questions.
He walked into the pre-arranged interview area Thursday with Robinson, his best friend on the team and the person who has spoken for Lynch many times when Lynch didn't speak.
Lynch did not talk to reporters this season until the NFL was going to fine him $50,000 if he didn't do interviews during the playoffs.
As part of Thursday's agreement, the questions centered on football and Sunday's game.
Lynch was asked why some of his best games have come in the playoffs.
"I'm not sure," he said. "It's not like I prepare any different, so I couldn't tell you."
When did he know quarterback Russell Wilson would be a great player?
"It probably was in the preseason [of Wilson's rookie year in 2012]," Lynch said. "He started to show some of the things he can do."
What are his concerns about the Denver defense?
"Pot Roast," he said, referring to the nickname of Broncos nose tackle Terrance Knighton. "He a big boy. But they all rally to the ball. They're a good defense."
That's when Robinson was asked what makes Lynch so good.
"Hey, I got a question," Robinson joked with his arm around Lynch. "What I hear is he's the best in the league and the hardest to bring down. From a physical standpoint, the other guys in the league I talk to tell me there isn't another guy in the league doing it like that"
When Robinson first sat down, he smiled and said, "I'm like a prop here."
Lynch said the biggest asset of the Seahawks' offense is its explosiveness. And what is it that allows him to break big runs?
"The receivers," he said. "They know where they're supposed to be, and be there on time."
Lynch was asked if it's more difficult to get ready for the Super Bowl with all the distractions and media requirements this week.
"I stay ready," he said. "There ain't no getting there."
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