JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — He’s ready to get on the field.
Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week.
Lynch took questions for about 7½ minutes during the morning session, his longest such stretch this week. He talked for less than 7 minutes at both media day on Tuesday and the media session at the team hotel on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be good to get back to football,” Lynch said. “Real good.”
Lynch limited his answers to football-related questions, all with Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson by his side. Robinson joked as he sat down that he was just a prop.
Lynch’s aversion to speaking with the media had become a major focal point as the Seahawks started their preparations for Sunday’s game against Denver. While Seattle was getting attention last week for the comments made by Richard Sherman during the NFC championship game, this week it was about Lynch’s reluctance to open his mouth.
His teammates were supportive of their teammate wanting to stay quiet.
“I think he shouldn’t have to do everything that he doesn’t feel comfortable with,” Sherman said. “But myself, I’m fine with it. I enjoy it. I enjoy getting the message out that I want to get out, and I enjoy supporting my teammates. The great Marshawn Lynch, I think his game speaks for itself. It says enough for everybody to talk about for weeks and weeks.”
Even with him only talking for a few minutes, Lynch managed to make an attention grabbing statement.
Asked what he thought about assistant head coach Tom Cable when he arrived in 2011, Lynch made reference to a reported incident with an assistant coach when Cable was Oakland’s head coach in 2009.
“Well, being from Oakland, all I knew about him was that he punched people,” Lynch said. “That’s my type of person.”
It was unclear if Lynch was joking or being serious with his comment about Cable.
Some of Lynch’s best games have come in the postseason. He has four 100-yard rushing games in six career postseason games. He ran for 140 yards in the divisional round win over New Orleans and had 109 yards in the NFC title game against San Francisco.
“I’m not sure man. It’s not like I prepare any different. I couldn’t tell you,” Lynch said.
Lynch was also asked about Denver’s defense and its focus on trying to shut down Seattle’s run game. The Broncos have allowed one back to top 100 yards rushing this season. Lynch made sure to point out defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, nicknamed “Pot Roast.”
“Big boy,” Lynch said. “They get to the ball. They run into the ball. They’re a good defense, that’s what I say.”
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