In a mere 14 months, running back Marshawn Lynch and his hard- charging running style has become the Seattle Seahawks’ identity nationally, which I write about in my story today.
Just ask his coach.
“He’s been the face of the program here,” Pete Carroll said. “In terms of setting the tempo and the attitude, the philosophy that he brings, the competitiveness that he stands for in his play that you can’t help but see by the way he brings it, are all exemplary and emblematic of what we’d like to be. So, he’s had a big play in this.”
But the elusive man who came in a trade with Buffalo last season plays behind a tinted visor on game days and wants nothing to do with the notion that he has raised the franchise’s national profile.
“I don’t know why because it ain’t Marshawn Lynch,” he said. “It’s the Seattle Sea-hawks, and then it’s Marshawn plays running back. I’m just a piece.”
Now that he’s got him here in Seattle, Carroll will have to figure out how to keep Lynch here long term.
The Seahawks and Lynch have begun negotiations on just such a deal. But complicating matters could be Carolina’s recent signing of running back DeAngelo Williams (five years, $43 million, $21 million of which is guaranteed), and Chris Johnson’s new deal with Tennessee (six years, $56 million, $30 million of it guaranteed).Those high-dollar deals could make it hard for Seattle to sign Lynch at what the team considers a reasonable price.
“It is important, yeah,” Carroll said about getting a deal done. “I think it’s obvious that it is. We like him and he likes us. It’s a good thing, and hopefully we’re going to work something out.”
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the Detroit Lions could serve as the Grinch that steals the Seahawks’ playoff hopes.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that the reason for Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh’s cool relationship is simple – they’re pretty much the same guy, and have built their teams in a similar fashion.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the solid play of Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the past three games, especially on defense.
But Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle tells T-Jack lovers to slow their role – a Jackson-led team won’t bring home a Super Bowl title says Moore.
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that Earl Thomas and Jon Ryan finished third in fans’ Pro Bowl voting, while Kam Chancellor finished fourth.
Doug Kretz of Scouts Inc. previews the Seattle-San Francisco contest. You must be a Seahawks Insider to view this. He like San Francisco 20-17.
Brian Burke writing for the New York Times Fifth Down blog gives Seattle a 47 percent win chance against the Niners.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Carroll told San Francisco-area reporters that Seattle’s special teams have improved since the team’s poor effort against the Niners in the first game of the year.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that San Francisco defensive linemen Justin Smith and Aldon Smith are playing at a high level.