Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words.
And when it comes to talking to reporters, it’s more like silence. So it’s no surprise that Lynch declined to talk to reporters about breaking the 1,000-yard mark for a second straight season, and the fourth time in his career.
But Lynch did talk to several of his teammates on offense before leaving the locker room after the game, congratulating them on helping him reach the key milestone.
“I told him no, congratulations to you,” Seattle fullback Mike Robinson said. “It just shows what type of guy he is.”
Added offensive tackle Russell Okung: “Marshawn would rather speak with his actions ands speak with his pads. And he tends to do that pretty well.”
Lynch finished with 124 yards on 27 carries, including a 1-yard run for a score. He now has 1,005 yards on the year.
Lynch also tied a franchise record by rushing for over 100 yards for a fourth straight game. Shaun Alexander set the mark during the 2005 season.
Breno Giacomini said that Lynch gave the offensive line Gucci watches once they returned to the VMAC for the beginning of offseason conditioning in last spring.
“When we got here, there were watches in our locker,” Giacomini said. “So he hooked us up man. He takes care of us. He’s a good guy.”
“It’s a pretty nice Gucci watch,” Giacomini went on. “It’s my room where I turn a light on to get the day going, and it’s like the sun shining in there. It’s a cool watch.
Tate the playmaker
For a second straight game, Golden Tate created some explosive plays for Seattle on offense.
The first was a 38-yard reception for a touchdown, jumping over cornerback Kyle Wilson for the score.
Tate also threw a 23-yard touchdown to Sidney Rice, and hurdled a Jets defensive player on a bubble screen for 13 yards.
“I definitely got the better form,” joked Rice, when asked if Tate had a better throwing arm Rice completed a long pass to Zach Miller last week. “His spiral is a little tighter than mine. But the better form and release, hands down is me.”
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is doing a better job of getting the ball to playmakers like Tate and Rice.
“When you have really good athletes, like Sidney and Golden, they can do things and make things happen for you in a special way if you give them chances,” Carroll said.
Defense shows up
After three games of an uneven performance, Seattle’s defense finally played up to its potential today.
The Seahawks limited the Jets to 185 total yards, held them to 2 of 11 on third down and sacked Mark Sanchez three times and forced three turnovers.
“We got after them today,” Brandon Browner said. “We had a good concept of what they wanted to do to us, and we went out there and executed. So when they did run the plays, we were ready for them.
Rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin was active again, finishing with two sacks. And Richard Sherman corralled his team-high four interception of the year on an ill-advised Sanchez throw near the end zone, with the game tied at 7-7 with 10:55 left in the half.
“I don’t think he thought I was going to get there,” Sherman said. “He kind of lofted it. He put a little air on it, and that’s what helped me out. I created some space waiting for him, and then he pumped – that’s what gave it away. And his release was kind of slow, and I was already gone.”
Carroll had no injuries to report after the game. The players will watch film on Monday, and then have the rest of the week off.