Pete Carroll backs Marshawn Lynch’s silent act

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As Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch braces himself for two more days of scheduled availability, his coach is doing his best to defend his player.

Pete Carroll just finished a well-explained explanation for Lynch’s reticence to play along with the media, saying he’s a team leader and simply not comfortable in the role.

“You’re seeing a guy being himself, and not being what everyone else wants him to be,” Carroll said.

Which is fine, such that it fits within a system with rules and consequences.

While we’ve long passed the point of gleaning any insights from Lynch at a podium, the only thing happening now is turning him into a martyr — which he clearly relishes.

Teammates rally around him, fans love the anti-hero quality, and the media’s an easy pinata. Everyone gets that.

But as he’s made commercials for insurance and candy recently, Lynch is showing that he’s not camera-shy. He just wants to engage in communication on his own terms.

And as long as he’s willing to pay the cover charge, he can party in that club all he wants.

71 responses to “Pete Carroll backs Marshawn Lynch’s silent act

  1. SilenceGate!

    These actions must be stopped by the NFL. He doesnt have to think and answer questions, meaning his brain isnt working as hard as the other players. He wont be tired come kick off on Sun night. Thus giving him an advantage, the integrity of the game is paramount.

  2. Lynch needs to stop being a Prima donna

    I understand this is the personality he wants to lead but needs to realize that playing in the NFL is a Privilege and not a Right….

    his act is getting old

  3. He is following the policy by being available to media. And it’s funny the NFL’s corporate sponsors (skittles; progressive) have chosen to mock the NFL’s policy with these commercials. Also proceeds go to his charity.

  4. Lord. Since he makes commericals it means he loves being in front of a live camera being asked questions that often have nothing to do with football (ironically like making candy commercials?) Lynch is obviously making the right people angry! GO BEAST MODE!

  5. You’re too far in the forest to see the trees. He shouldn’t have to pay for not wanting to talk to the media. Of course, the media doesn’t agree with this narrative because it doesn’t suit what the media wants.

  6. The only reason this is getting so much attention is because people are so astounded that he doesn’t want to talk! Let him go on… go talk to someone who will give you a conversation. Why is this such a big deal anyway? He plays football – If you want his “insight”, wait for him to retire and pay him to be on a pre-game show.

  7. Pretty clever for a guy who is about as sharp as a beach ball – garnering the massive amounts of attention he craves by pretending he doesn’t want it. It makes him no less of a fraud, however.

  8. Doing commercials for insurance and candy are COMPLETELY different from getting inundated with the same lame questions from reporters who a) believe they are as important as the athletes/coaches and/or b) are too lazy/unintelligent to come up with at least thought-provoking questions.

    Maybe if he gave canned responses to reporters questions then the attention would die down. Probably not because then reporters would whine that the athlete in question isn’t engaging, which would lead to irresponsible columns/reports written by people who would have an ax to grind, which in turn makes the athlete not as forthcoming with answers.

  9. All you clowns who think you have some right to know what’s in a players head. Get a life. Your all trained monkeys. Do what we say or else. I don’t care what his reason is. Let that man do him. You could all learn something about being who you are. Not who everyone says you should be

  10. Why is Lynch being treated differently than Belichick? Lynch is getting fined big money for giving the same answer over and over, while Belichick gets positive reviews for doing it.

    I say leave Lynch alone until Belichick gets some fines for obstructing his interviews.

  11. I’m not a Seahawks fan but have defended Lynch in the past for not wanting to talk to the media. If he doesn’t want to, then leave him alone. Shouldn’t be a requirement. However, the whole crotch-grabbing thing has changed my mind on this. Lynch, you probably make more money in one game check than a lot of people will make in a year. You’ll probably make more money in one year than money in one year than most of us would ever see in a lifetime. You play a game for a living.

    In short, it’s the rules. Suck it up and deal with it, as it’s part of the gig and your fat paycheck. Don’t like it? Then get an 8-5 job and you’ll never have to worry about speaking to the media ever again. Although the HR department may not approve of your whole crotch-grabbing thing…

  12. So making a staged commercial where the outcome is planned is the same as being interviewed live?

    Sounds like the pftpoet talking big behind his computer but not in person.

  13. Well he’s not a hero or a martyr. Ego may inflate himself to that status in his head, but he’s just a football player that hates one aspect of his job. Not a big deal.

  14. as long as that cover charge is the same for coaches who say “we are on to cincy/seattle etc” and not just Belichick but anyone who doesn’t answer the question. That’s why they can’t legislate it. Rarely does anybody give a straight answer so who cares how ridiculous the non-answer is?

    Q: What’s the toughest thing about going up against the patriots/seahaws?

    A: Oh well they do so many things well, in all phases of the game, they can run the ball throw the ball, play good coverage and stop the run and even cover kicks, that’s why they are here this week playing in this game

    followup Q – No, I said what’s the toughest thing, I didn’t ask you ramble a bunch of ambiguous compliments! What’s the 1 toughest thing???

  15. darutledge3 says:
    Jan 28, 2015 12:49 PM

    He is following the policy by being available to media. And it’s funny the NFL’s corporate sponsors (skittles; progressive) have chosen to mock the NFL’s policy with these commercials. Also proceeds go to his charity.

    darutledge3, you don’t think it’s all going to charity do you? Of course Marshawn is making bank on those commercials:
    While specific terms of the deal are unknown, sources told ESPN that Lynch will receive financial compensation. The brand also will donate $10,000 to Lynch’s Fam First Foundation for every touchdown he scores in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

  16. Doesn’t matter what’s in his head or what his reasons for doing what he does are. He’s paid millions to be an NFL player. Part of being an nfl player is the media obligation. Does the media suck, sure, but he’s paid to embrace that suck. Be a man, do you job, go enjoy your money. There are millions and millions of people in this country that do much worse work and make less in a year than he makes in a quarter. Entitled, detached, db.

  17. The only people that care about this are the sports media. There are plenty of players from both teams that are interested in giving interviews – so talk to them.

    Here’s an idea – write articles about things that are actually going to matter on field, like Gronk v Bam Bam Kam. That matchup has much more relevance to which team is going to win superbowl, not Lynch vs media.

  18. No one cares! If the NFL would stop throwing fines at him, and the media would stop posting articles about him not talking, no one would even have an opinion. That’s how much of a non story this is. It’s too bad. So many great story lines this week, and a ton to love about this match up. But, the boards are dominated by deflategate (even as a hawks fan, this is ridiculous and being beat to death) and Lynch not talking. There are undrafted players on both teams that would love to tell you their story. Give the camera time those guys.

  19. I see both sides of the argument. Players are expected to speak to the media, but I can see why players hate the media. Some of the media does have a tendency to twist a players words. The one argument I don’t understand is the one made in this story. The one how Lynch makes commercials so he’s not media shy. I see a huge difference between making a commercial in a controlled environment with a controlled script, and a reporter sticking a microphone in your face and grilling you with questions, that the reporter can then write up any which way he chooses, or ask questions like “Do you still beat your wife” where there’s no right answer

  20. At least he’s smart enough to please the people who are writing his checks. The league can stuff it, his obligation is to show up, answer the questions he’s asked (however he sees fit, mind you) and if he doesn’t he’ll pay his fine. So be it, he doesn’t owe the league or any of us an apology. If you feel like he owes you an apology as a fan, you’re pathetic.

  21. I don’t understand why the media and you guys at pft do not see you are being used by him and every athlete who plays this game. I am pretty sure if you walked away after he refused to answer a question or responded the way he did yesterday and interviewed somebody else he would change his attitude. just report his game stats and talk to the other guys on the team and when his brand is not being promoted by the media he will be more than willing to talk. you really think he is not going to say anything when you talk to a lineman instead of him after a game?

  22. antneejay2 says:
    Jan 28, 2015 12:52 PM
    Pretty clever for a guy who is about as sharp as a beach ball – garnering the massive amounts of attention he craves by pretending he doesn’t want it. It makes him no less of a fraud, however.

    **********************

    I am sure Lynch earns more $ than you.
    Gets more attention than you.
    Plus, he got your attention, and got you to take the time to write about him.

    You jealous Bro?
    Beach Ball be smarter than U

  23. Seems like the guy has an anxiety problem. He was drafted and signed to play football, not to talk to the media. The league demands it but his employer (the Seahawks) don’t care.

  24. I am really tired of hearing about Lynch not talking and about Sherman talking too much when they both suffer from over-inflated egos. As for the SB, I am less interested than ever before as the game has been reduced to two cheating teams. Outside of Seattle and New England, how can anyone root for either team.

  25. Who would want to talk to a bunch of people shoving mics in your face begging for a story? And even when they get a story they’ll still do what they can to make it worth reading, including stretching the truth and even sometimes tarnishing someone’s name. Nah man stay about that action boss

  26. I get it………… he doesn’t like to talk. We all have something we don’t like to do, but are required to because of our jobs. It life!

    He looks like a complete moron. Maybe he is.

  27. The media has done this to themselves by taking everything these guys say and using it against them to get ratings. They magnify and blow up whatever sound bite they can and the reader or listener never gets the real story. See Browner, as a Hawks fan I loved Browner and his comments about breaking Sherms arm and hurting ET’s shoulder was in jest NOT SERIOUS. Its football but the media blew that up, went to KJ and made a big deal of it so KJ thought it was a malicious comment when it wasn’t. BB and the LOB are great friends. That’s why Lynch says stick it and that’s why he grabs his junk. In addition he is now using this to make money with endorsements , smart man. GO HAWKS!

  28. I do not see what the big deal. If the man doesn’t want to talk, so be it.

    The Denver Broncos’ offensive line back in the day didn’t talk to the media and I never saw this much backlash.

  29. Seriously, the NFL is becoming the embodiment of the expression “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Goodell and everyone in the league offices are making very nice livings off the sweat and blood of the players. To continually take away more and more of their freedoms is ridiculous.

  30. There has been so many distractions for this Superbowl for both teams. I just wish it was about playing football and the best team wins. It’s just too much drama going on and it takes away from the game.

  31. Surprises me that the media hasn’t noticed this yet but they are asking him the wrong questions. Ask him about his charity work in Oakland and helping the inner city kids and I bet ya he would be happy to answer those questions. But asking him a cliche question that you already know the answer to will get the media nowhere.

  32. usmutts says:
    Jan 28, 2015 1:03 PM
    Why is Lynch being treated differently than Belichick? Lynch is getting fined big money for giving the same answer over and over, while Belichick gets positive reviews for doing it.

    I say leave Lynch alone until Belichick gets some fines for obstructing his interviews.
    …..
    It’s not the same, BB gives the same answer when questioned about s dumb NFL investigation.

    If BB is asked an insightful football question, he gives some of the best interviews out there. Unfortunately media wants to ask him about Hernandez murder trial, deflate gate, gronk party habits, etc..

    Don’t be fooled by Florio’s anti-BB mantra and overall hatred for the patriots.

    For the record, I don’t mind what Lynch is doing, it’s within his rights and fine by me. But he’s also gonna hear this crap from media, within their right.

  33. Can you imagine what would happen if the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and Lynch was the MVP of the game?

    Reporter: “Marshawn Lynch, you clinched a win with that great rush for a touchdown at the end of the game! What was going through your mind after your scored?”

    Lynch: “I feel great.”

    Reporter: “What does it mean to you to be the first team to win back to back Super Bowls since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004?”

    Lynch: “I feel great.”

    Reporter: “Do you expect to be back with the Seahawks next season?”

    Lynch: “I feel great.”

  34. So now that you guys (the media) finally recognize he doesnt want to talk to you, and is ok with paying HIS OWN MONEY in fines….will this be the final post/article complaining about him not talking ?

    its getting old……you media people do realize football fans like to read about football right?….not that other trash journalist write about being angry with players reactions to them……

    just let..it go….great super bowl coming up sunday, how about talking about the X’s and O’s for once..

  35. “I understand this is the personality he wants to lead but needs to realize that playing in the NFL is a Privilege and not a Right….”

    Now that made me laugh out loud! What a maroon.

  36. Gantt says, “and the media’s an easy pinata. Everyone gets that.”

    Give me a break! The media is a “pinata”??

    ohhh, poor media. Always the punching bag, never the fist…

    C’mon Man!!

  37. “You’re seeing a guy being himself, and not being what everyone else wants him to be,” Carroll said.
    ——————-
    Yes. We see that. We work with someone like that. And guess what? We all hate that jerk.

  38. lionstildeath says:
    Jan 28, 2015 2:20 PM
    So now that you guys (the media) finally recognize he doesnt want to talk to you, and is ok with paying HIS OWN MONEY in fines….will this be the final post/article complaining about him not talking ?

    its getting old……you media people do realize football fans like to read about football right?….not that other trash journalist write about being angry with players reactions to them……
    ——————–
    And yet, you not only read the article, but you commented on it as well.

  39. If I’m a member of the media I ask him the worst questions imaginable and try to make him even more miserable. Hey, it’s fun when he does it, so why not turn the tables?

    Ask him why he isn’t as good of a RB as Murray or AP. Ask what grade he finished in school. Ask if he has any other addictions other than skittles? Ask if he thinks he will be broke 3 years after retirement like most NFL players. Ask if he knows what the equation E=MC squared means.

    There’s no limit to how many things you could ask to make him miserable.

  40. usmutts says:
    Jan 28, 2015 1:03 PM
    Why is Lynch being treated differently than Belichick? Lynch is getting fined big money for giving the same answer over and over, while Belichick gets positive reviews for doing it.
    ~~~~~~~~
    Belichick usually gives an answer once. Except for the stupid gotcha or insulting questions like “Do you think you have to cheat to win?” and other garbage. When the media harps on a question already answered, Bill simply moves on.

  41. If Kaepernick remained silent and Harbaugh backed him they would both be blasted but since this is Seattle its cool. Double standard.

  42. Dantemania has a great comment, he doesn’t like and doesn’t want to speak to the media. Why should he try to appease to them? Good for him to answer questions by repeating the same phrases, it’s obvious he doesn’t feel comfortable doing interviews like this. He shouldn’t be obligated to answer questions for them. Plus, it seems like the media tries to get the players to speak just to twist their words to get more views on their articles.

  43. I applaud Lynch. Screw the NFL and Goodouche. He’s paid to play football, not be apart of the media circus if he isn’t so inclined.

    If players are to be forced into interviews with the media, the media should be forced to interview EVERY single player(even the place kicker and no names) on the team for the same length of time. We’d see how long this media obligation would last at that point.

  44. “But as he’s made commercials for insurance and candy recently, Lynch is showing that he’s not camera-shy. He just wants to engage in communication on his own terms.”

    -Yes, he does…because the media will twist any words to fit their story. The media has created this situation, so why are they shocked that someone is smart enough not to play their game. Also, its refreshing to hear his response to the media vs the “political” and vanilla crap we always hear from everyone. NO one can speak their true mind as everyone is so sensitive, and anything controversial will be crammed down our throat.

  45. It is funny as hell how many people Lynch is pissing off. Lynch and Sherman have made this the single most interesting pre Super Bowl ever! If it were not for lynch, none of you haters would even be watching any of it. His silence is doing way more for this Super Bowl than some tired out answers ever could!

  46. I find it hard to blame players for not wanting to talk to the media when the NFL league office has a whole team of guys watching instant replays of every news conference just looking for a finable offense. You have to talk, or you’ll be fined. If you talk, you have to be interesting, but if you’re too “interesting” you’ll be fined. And don’t even THINK about wearing an unapproved hat or headphone, or you’ll be fined. If hypocricy was criminal, every NFL executive would be doing hard time. Frankly, when Lynch retires I hope he gives a big farewell nut grab for Goodell.

  47. He had the best interview of the day IMO. I have never understood why players have to pander to the press like that. No reason at all everyone has to make time for this. Most fans couldn’t care less what he has to say anyway. Most coaches say nothing why would you expect players to. I heard BB was being asked about stuffed animals. Really this is what this is. Has nothing to do with the game at all. Coaches should’ve availbe sure but get the press off theplayersbacls it they don’t want it. He isn’t a pre Madonna so just let him be. Also get the press out of the locker rooms. If you aren’t ON the team you have no business at all there IMO. Just makes it harder for players to interact with each other

  48. The media looks silly trying to get a real interview out of Marshawn Lynch now, I saw the ESPN E:60 on ML and he seemed shy and that was 1 on 1 with an interviewer not multiple reporters. talk to another member of the Seahawks please!!!

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