A little late-January thawing can’t help but make for a better Super Bowl.
And we’re not taking about the weather.
In his final NFL-required interview session of the week Thursday, Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch seemed a little more comfortable. Fullback Michael Robinson sat to Lynch’s left throughout the interview, which may have helped.
In the interview, which aired on NFL Network, Lynch smiled and laughed a few times, and he seemed particularly delighted when Robinson was asked a question.
One of the more interesting moments came when Lynch was asked what stood out about Denver’s defense on tape.
“What’s his name? Pot Roast?” Lynch said, referring to 335-pound defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.
“Pot Roast, big boy,” Robinson said.
“They get to the ball. They rally to the ball,” Lynch said of the Broncos. “They’re a good defense. That’s what I see.”
Lynch was also asked to talk about his stiff-arm, one of the NFL’s most wicked.
“I mean, everything I do on the field is instinct, a reaction,” Lynch said.
The session’s most quotable moment — wrongly or rightly — came when Lynch shared his initial impressions of Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable.
“Being from Oakland, all I knew about him was he punched people,” Lynch said, slightly shrugging his shoulders and not smiling as reporters and Robinson laughed. “That’s my type of person.”
When his obligation to speak had been fulfilled, Lynch got up from the table.
“Thank you. I appreciate it,” he said to the media as he left.