Marshawn Lynch seems to think someone didn’t want him to be the “face of the nation”


One month to the day since the Seahawks opted not to give the football to running back Marshawn Lynch on the doorstep of the New England end zone in Super Bowl XLIX, a video has surfaced showing Lynch explaining his position on the most scrutinized play call in league history.  Under a frustratingly loud translation of his comments into Turkish.

The video mentioned earlier by MDS includes Lynch’s reaction to the decision to throw the ball and to not let him run it with the NFL title on the line.

“To be honest with you, I would be a liar if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball,” Lynch said.  “I think it was more of a — how do I say this?  When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I’m the face of the nation.  You know, the MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point in time.  I don’t know what went into that call.  Maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball.  I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl.”

Not too far between the lines of Lynch’s response lurks the notion that he buys in to the popular conspiracy theory (misguided as it may be) that the team wanted quarterback Russell Wilson and not Lynch to be the Super Bowl MVP and, in turn, the “face of the nation.”

But here’s the thing about conspiracy theories.  It doesn’t matter if they’re true; if only matters if people believe them to be true.  If Lynch and other Seahawks players believe that the team chose to throw and not to run in order to prevent Lynch from becoming the MVP of the Super Bowl and in turn the “face of the nation,” coach Pete Carroll will have plenty of additional work to do to get the players to turn the page on the 2014 season and to try to climb back out of the valley of 0-0 in 2015 for a shot at a third straight Super Bowl appearance.

157 responses to “Marshawn Lynch seems to think someone didn’t want him to be the “face of the nation”

  1. And people wonder why Lynch doesn’t like to talk to the media. They twist words.

  2. Then why give him the ball on the previous play and risk him scoring from there?

  3. And the rest of the quote:

    “I mean, I have full … I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have.

    “But the game is over, and I am in Turkey.”

    Come on, PFT. You should have included this.

  4. Lynch’s fourth quarter 4 carries and 12 yards. Earlier, he was stopped on 3rd and 2 and later on 3rd and 1 from the Patriots 8. Up to that last series, he wasn’t MVP.

  5. I wonder if this is a broadly held view though for all running backs, the idea that the NFL transformed into a “passing league” is more about helping the faces of the respective franchises being more the focal point of the game by passing so frequently.

    If he’s wanting to be “the face of” anything, he’s on the right team, who has run more than any other over the last 3 seasons.

    It’s not helpful on his part to question the integrity of his own coaches. He could have been the “face of America” on first down, he likely would have been on third down, and unless he lost yardage, on fourth down… all which would have occurred after Super Bowl MVP had already been voted on.

  6. I think the Seahawks wanted Russell Wilson to be the star of the Super Bowl to justify a big contract. I think there’s some truth to the conspiracy theory, but that’s not going to stop me from enjoying the Patriots latest Super Bowl win. As big of an ego he has doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Lynch is the face of the Seahawks like it or not so the Hawks management needs to wake up and give him his money because he makes that offense go. Wilson is good don’t get me wrong but Lynch was the biggest threat to the Pats defense in the Super Bowl and the biggest threat on that offense the whole year.

  7. Hmmm. I wonder why Lynch refuses to talk to the media. Probably because they like to twist his words to make a story.

  8. I actually thought they were trying to make Wilson the face of the franchise all year. Look at the first 6 game when they tried to go more pass happy. For some reason Seattle and San Francisco both tried to give the QBs the keys and only Seattle realized they were a power running team.

  9. Lynch needs to get over himself is right. Maybe he shouldn’t have gotten tackled at the 1 then. Typical ego maniac

  10. “But here’s the thing about conspiracy theories. It doesn’t matter if they’re true; if only matters if people believe them to be true.”

    That’s explains your running stance on the ridiculous “scandal” known as “Deflategate”! I guess Marshawn is more like the media than he would ever care to admit.

  11. It’s comical, really. Here’s Lynch, off in another country, doing a fairly good deed (promoting football, doing charity, etc). He gives an interview with a Turkish station, acts in an unguarded fashion, and he’s asked a question and talks without a script and says some honest blah-blah-blah just like you’d want a player to do.

    But back in the States, his commentary is cherry-picked to try to make him look bad.

    And does anyone wonder why he doesn’t like the media?

  12. The “face of the franchise” would be better. Had the Seahawks scored that TD, the Seahawks would’ve used that as leverage against him. After all, why pay a back a boatload of money when the QB, who people thought was only a game manager, able to lead his team for the GW TD?

  13. I was always willing to give this guy the benefit of the doubt. However, the more he provides insight into his way of thinking (talks) the more I find myself feeling he’s a major league idiot.

  14. The reason Pete Carroll was fired from the Patriots was because he lost the players – they began to tune him out and even ignore him one game when he was calling for a time out but the team wanted to go for it

    Seem like Carroll’s at risk of losing his team again

  15. Part of the problem Lynch, is that everybody expected you to get the ball, and you admitted as much. The pats were playing the run, so you went with a throw. No conspiracy…just simple strategy.

  16. Does anyone think that if the pass had gone incomplete that Lynch doesn’t get the ball on 3rd or 4th down? A pass did make sense there with 1 TO left because if means that both run and throw are options on 3rd and 4th. What was stupid was the type of pass. Call a bootleg, don’t make it obvious with shotgun, give Wilson an option to run and give him a pass that is either caught or is thrown out of the endzone. Conspiracy theories are fine, but there should at least be a kernel of reason.

  17. Bitter US media upset that Lynch won’t provide soundbites for them to twist into fabricated controversies decide to cherry pick quote a quote from Lynch in an attempt to create controversy anyways. US sports journalists need a diaper change.

  18. Come on Lynch. I understand everybody’s emotional reactions right after a game of that magnitude with that type of ending but your on a team that has gone to two straight SB’s, saved you from Buffalo where they didn’t want you and made you a superstar with the Seahawks by making you seattles featured offensive weapon in a day and age where RB are being phased out. The city of Seattle loves you, even the local media keep quiet about you not doing interviews. Your head coach allows you to be you and after the dust has settled we all know throwing the ball when NE had the box stacked was a legit call. And even if the play was caught for a TD, I still believe either Lynch or Chris Mathews would have been named MVP (aka face of the nation), not Wilson. There is just no way the Hawks would risk losing a SB, the locker room, or their legacy because they didn’t want Lynch to be the “face of the nation.”

  19. Have no idea why anyone wants to hear anything Lynch has to say. Good running back, classless jerk.
    I’m thrilled this clown is not part of my team. Can you imagine having to root for this guy?

  20. If he’s going to be “The Face of The Nation” he’ll have to be certain that he’s smiling big with gold grill for the cameras.

  21. It wasn’t just me, it was at least twenty other people I was with who were asking why Lynch didn’t get the ball either. It makes logical sense.

    All year long this time has just handed it off to Lynch while in the red zone.

    I find myself thinking sometimes it was not that bad of a call, think about it. Do you think New England was expecting it? Maybe, but most teams wouldn’t have expected that play.

    I have come to think it was just a horribly executed play and throw by Wilson and a great one by Malcolm Butler.

    Let’s also not forget that the last two drives the Patriots had before that they scored touchdowns. It was a horrible game by a banged up defense. Yes they made two interceptions but they also got owned near the end too.

    Twenty seconds left with a few timeouts. Does Brady drive it all the way down the field for a field goal? I honestly believe so.

  22. doubleogator says:
    Mar 1, 2015 6:06 PM

    Am I the only one getting really tired of Marshawn Lynch?

    yes, youre the only one

  23. j0esixpack says:
    Mar 1, 2015 5:58 PM

    The reason Pete Carroll was fired from the Patriots was because he lost the players – they began to tune him out and even ignore him one game when he was calling for a time out but the team wanted to go for it

    Seem like Carroll’s at risk of losing his team again


    The reason that Pete left U$C was to stay a step ahead of the law.

  24. As I’ve said.. “take the under on 11 wins next season for Seattle.”

    Carroll isn’t getting that locker room back anytime soon, and it will cost them a couple games they probably shouldn’t normally lose.

  25. I’d like to think Lynch meant that he wanted to be ON “Face the Nation” ( that CBS political show smart people watch with the news and issues and such) but we all know better, don’t we?

  26. Heck, the Pats, initially, had full run defence out there! They almost got caught undermanned at CB position. I watch that ‘final’ play as a pick-me up before bed….lol
    And every Pat player was waiting for Lynch to run with it, so the line was stacked, and players stood firm, except Butler and Collins. When Lynch peeled outside, he was open as a receiver (Jones let him go). Everybody was a tad confused by that…except Browner. He didn’t want Kearse getting inside, as I think Browner was aware of a pick or slant, but he also wanted a clear line on the front in case Lynch came his way. Once he held Kearse, you can see him looking at the line. He is expecting Lynch to bust through. I mean, at the 1 yd line, everybody is expecting Lynch. They tried to throw a curve ball, but Butler was only one playing the play that got him burned in practice….

  27. What he said isn’t that far fetched. Let’s not pretend humans are above cutting off their noses to spite their face. It happens all the time.

  28. I agree whole-heartedly…

    I’m much happier an undrafted rookie free agent got to be “the face of the nation” Butler is the perfect example of an underdog working his tail off and succeeding.

    And the fact that he is so genuinely and endearingly awkward with the media makes it that much sweeter.

    And thats not to take anything away from Lynch, the media really can let go and get off his back, but Butler’s success story is a much better narrative then Lynchs

  29. “The game is over, and I am in Turkey.”

    Time to file another trademark! Those t-shirts will fly off the shelves.

  30. funny, “the face of the nation” because he’s good at carrying a football. even as the best RB to carry the football, “the face of the nation,” he is not. neither is wilson. one of them can be the face of the seahawks, but that’s it. conspiracy>paranoia. get a grip on your ego, instead of your crotch, lynch! so did he think because he was in turkey that his comments wouldn’t make it back home? wow…

  31. Not just the media, but everyone is out to get Marshawn. Including me. I mean, why wouldn’t you be out to get him?

  32. right about one thing- no franchise, not even Seattle, would want Lynch as the face of the team. Nor would anyone want Sherman, Baldwin or Chancellor as the face of a franchise, stop being a tool and maybe you get those opportunities.

  33. Carroll has lost the team. The window for another Seattle Super Bowl has been slammed shut.

  34. If Lynch didn’t have such an ugly face they would have let him be the “face of the nation”, whatever that means in that galaxy far far away known as his brain.

  35. prospero63 says:
    Mar 1, 2015 5:48 PM

    Hmmm. I wonder why Lynch refuses to talk to the media. Probably because they like to twist his words to make a story.

    No he refuses to talk to the media because the dude cannot put a complete sentence together. Furthermore they don’t twist his words they just interpret what he says and twist the words so they make freaking sense.

    And yeevie this is where he said they didn’t want him to be the face of the nation:

    When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I’m the face of the nation. You know, the MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point in time.

    I really doubt any thought went into not giving him the ball because of he would be the face of the nation, but I bet there were some in the Seattle front office that were praying to god that someone other than him would make a play and get MVP rather than him. Can you imagine how embarrassing that post game interview would be ?

  36. “But here’s the thing about conspiracy theories. It doesn’t matter if they’re true; if only matters if people believe them to be true.”

    So I guess it doesn’t really matter if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing JFK. Thanks for clearing that up.

  37. Who really cares at this point. The most important thing is that the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and the Seattle Seahawks did NOT.

  38. Is it safe to say the Seahawks OC and Head Coach were under a ton of stress with the clock ticking and having to send in a play? It’s hard to believe they debated over who would be the MVP if they ran or threw.

    I honestly believe every competitive coach/ athlete at that moment… just wants to win, right? Execution was off and Butler made a great, game winning play.

    Seahawks need to pull together and shut Lynch up or they could end up in a flat spin come next season.

  39. heelergirl says:
    Mar 1, 2015 6:59 PM
    Can’t blame them, I wouldn’t want Lynch as the face of my franchise either
    And definitely not the NFL. And to make things better, he may walk away.

    Detroit got robbed so Dallas could play Green Bay. Dallas got robbed so Green Bay could play Seattle. Then New England robbed Seattle.

  40. “Under a frustratingly loud translation of his comments into Turkish.”

    It’s good to see that Garrett Morris is still getting work. Although, I didn’t know he could speak Turkish.

  41. This is a transcript of the interview:

    “To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport.

    “I had no problem with the decision of the playcalling. I mean, you know … I think it was more of a … how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in … I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl … that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time. I don’t know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full … I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have.”

    No wonder he doesn’t want to talk to American media! They pick and chose the words they want to publish and create an entirely different meaning. If I ever questioned for one minute why he wouldn’t talk to the media before, I certainly won’t be questioning it again!

  42. The truth is Marshawn Lynch should have not only have gotten the ball on that play but also the next 2 if they were necessary..

  43. That was so obvious! Why wouldn’t the Seahawks give the ball to lynch? All you people who say different are out of your minds. The coaches handed the Championship to New England because they were trying to write history the way they wanted. Shame on those coaches.. I feel sorry for those players who will probably never get a shot at another SB. The Seahawks are done, that call broke the cohesive bond that is needed between the players and coach. Pete has been exposed. Smh

  44. robuff716 says:
    Mar 1, 2015 6:26 PM
    I agree with Lynch…just like Brady shouldnt have been MVP…the kid who had the pick should have been!

    The “Kids” name is Butler who made one fantastic play. Seems to me that Brady threw 4 TD’s and had one hell of a game earning that MVP. Anyone thinking otherwise isn’t thinking.

  45. If Belichick calls time out after Lynch’s first down run with about a minute left (like conventional wisdom and everyone else said he should have), then Marshawn is getting the ball on 2nd, 3rd and 4th down if necessary. Belichick gambled and the Seahawks panicked, which led to a bad decision in hindsight.
    Because of Butler’s pick, Pete Carroll looks like a buffoon, Belichick looks like a genius and we have a conspiracy theory. Had the pass been completed and the Seahawks won, Pete Carroll would look like a genius, Bill Belichick would look like a buffoon and I’m sure the nutjobs out there would devise a different conspiracy theory.

  46. Yeah Lynch, it’s all about you, and no one else… reality the Seahawks wanted to win the SB, is if Wilson was voted MVP.
    I dont think Ive ever heard a more ignorant statement in my life.
    It’s a good thing you dont speak to the media (at least here in America) because when you do… show your lack of intelligence, and your over inflated ego.

  47. IF Lynch had run it and not made it, there was no way Seattle would have been able to stop the clock. Throw the ball and if incomplete, clock stops. They didn’t count of the Pats game planned that situation where the DBs did NOT play man and be picked, but stayed home allowing the crisscross. The Kid made a helluva play. But no way was he MVP on one play. Brady got them there — as usual.

  48. I’m just here so I don’t get fined. However…

    I am a megalomaniac, narcissistic individual who turn nothing into something about me.

    Free agency, here I come…oops!

  49. Why write about theories? Look at the facts. Examine the risk quotient of the failed play Vs handing the ball off to Marshawn. Acknowledge that an easy TD was the Seahawks’ for the taking, and Wilson was chosen over Marshawn to take the credit. Accept the truth that the Seahawks now wish that Marshawn had been awarded the MVP, but at the time they were to full of themselves to allow Marshawn to assume the face of the nation, while the golden child Wilson sulked in the background.

  50. I knew it was the correct call once I watched the replays immediately following the INT.

    Three downs left, but barely enough time to run two running plays, or one pass play and two running plays. Teams want to maximize number of plays if first attempt fails, or even loses yardage. QB begins count, sees that the defense still has the box loaded, not moving off position, and therefore does not call an audible and runs the play as called.

    Would Lynch have made it through a loaded box? Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, there would be only enough time for one more play.

    Odds of the pass play favored either TD or Incomplete. Odds of an INT were very low. They played the odds, and Butler made an incredible play on the ball.

    It was probably the most exciting Super Bowl I’ve ever seen.

  51. The idea that any coach would rather risk losing a Super Bowl than give his surliest player a chance to be MVP is ludicrous, and only a supreme narcissist could take it seriously for even a second.

    This is the drawback of Carroll’s loosey-goosey approach to coaching–too many players in his locker room are the stars of their own shows. I doubt Carroll can rein in all of those egos and bad attitudes. Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson may be the only ones in the Seattle organization capable of getting all the players back on the same page.

  52. They didn’t think out loud we don’t want Lynch to be MVP. That was actually was the plan. WR Baldwin said pre game, “the plan is for Marshawn Lynch be win MVP.” They will never admit it but in crunch time they thought “let’s give the good guy who everyone’s been bagging on a shot to win it.” It had nothing to do with Lynch being stopped before on short yardage.

  53. Lynch shouldn’t be afraid of being “misquoted” by the press, he should be afraid of the press just posting his quotes. And yet, you guys defend him. Weird.

  54. Seattle lost the game because their vaunted defense just couldn’t stop Tom Brady enough. Pats scored 28 points and could have easily scored 31 or 35 if not for a rare Brady bonehead throw. That’s a lot of points against the LOB. Seattle’s offense scored 24 on the back of 2 jump ball passes to Mathews that bailed them out of generally lackluster offense and a short field from Wagner’s pick. The only reason the play call at the end is a discussion is because of another flukey catch. Pats outplayed Seattle and made the critical plays that have to happen to be champions. Seattle is still great, but the Pats were the best team in football last year 1 through 53.

  55. Marshawn, you are right. Do what you do, say what you want, and forget about those who made the wrong decisions for the team. Good job being true to yourself, and doing the best for your team and fans.

  56. Look. They gave it to him on 1st down. They were prepared to give it to him on 3rd down. The last thing Carroll expected was that Bill Belichick trained his rookie CB to expect exactly THAT play on exactly that down.

  57. What a game the Rockets and Cavs just played! Awesome –
    Oh, oops we’re still talking about football? Sry about that!
    Lynch is lynch… Seattle lost (upsetting) but at least they were at the big show unlike 30 other teams! GO HAWKS!

  58. “Look at ME! HEY! ME! I’m over here in Turkey. You’re not talking about ME anymore. Look at me right now! ME!”

  59. All that matters is that they lost. It doesn’t matter how. It seems like running it would have been the best option, but no other outcome was certain but the one that actually happened.

    Not handing off only cost them the Super Bowl if Lynch would have got in. There’s no way to know if he would have.

    The Seahawks lost and getting back to the Super Bowl the year after losing hasn’t happened since the Bills of the early 90s and winning the Super Bowl after the year before hasn’t happened since the Dolphins won in 72.

    The odds are stacked against them now.

  60. You call it a misguided conspiracy theory, yet Lynch, plenty of other Seahawks, and plenty in the football media have brought it up. That doesn’t seem very misguided to me.

  61. Wilson’s throw was milliseconds late with not enough zip. The playcall should have been a beast-mode run-in, through and through, to the last down. Anyway, that’s why I call them the Seahacks lol

  62. Well Marshawn, why do you think that is? Even if it were true, why wouldn’t someone want you to be the face of the nation? Life is about choices. Some guys get accused of “selling out”. Some guys are willing to make sacrifices in order to not be called “sell outs”. Sometimes you can’t have it both ways.

  63. Lets be honest here! If you just handed off the ball to one of the best tackle breaking, hardest yard gaining, beast mode, always fights for that extra yard RB’s and he just gained 4 out of 5 yards on the previous play and you have 1 time out left and you don’t give him that chance again to get that last yard to score…. Point blank you’re an idiot!

    Why would you throw the ball in that situation when you know the def is going to be running a play that will jump a quick screen …..the def is protecting the endzone line…. one of the worse play calls in any sports history! Someone must of owed big money and had to make that play call to clear a debt.

  64. MVP votes were locked in with 5 min left to play. Didn’t matter one iota toward MVP if Lynch ran it or Wilson threw it. I’m willing to bet if Seattle had won the game, Chris Matthews would have been the MVP.

  65. Maybe Carroll made the right call after all

    Surely a guy like Lynch, who can’t handle the Western Media, can’t handle being the face of the nation

  66. All Carroll will have to do is play them the NFL films cuts of the discussions before the play call. Carroll and Derrell Bevel were mic’d, so someone knows exactly what the reasoning was. The players will too.

  67. hate seahawks

    love marshawn

    media needs to respect the man for his craft instead of consistently trying to turn public opinion against him for his disdain of said media.


  68. revren10 says:
    Mar 1, 2015 5:48 PM
    The Seahawks zero super bowl wins since HGH testing began…

    … I know I’m not the brightest, but aren’t there 30 other teams who have 0 SB wins since HGH testing?

  69. Look, there’s no doubt that Mr. Big wants any running black QB to win. That’s why they changed the rules to help them. Having said that, it made sense to throw on 1 of the 4 downs. The Patriots geared up, made 2 good defensive plays in a row, and won the game.

  70. kamthechancellor says:
    Mar 1, 2015 10:59 PM

    revren10 says:
    Mar 1, 2015 5:48 PM
    The Seahawks zero super bowl wins since HGH testing began…

    … I know I’m not the brightest, but aren’t there 30 other teams who have 0 SB wins since HGH testing?

    Yes because they all were inferior to the greatest franchise in the salary cap era. 4 titles in 15 years. The GOAT Tom Brady and the Legend Bill Belichick. Seahawks one title is tainted to holding recievers and PED use for positive test that season.

  71. frotoon2 says: Mar 1, 2015 6:32 PM

    “The game is over, and I am in Turkey.”

    More like “The game is over, and I am a Turkey”

  72. I have to admit, Lynch is funny, even if he doesn’t intend to be. He seems to forget that the gave him the ball and he was stopped! If he was as good as he thinks he is, he would have scored BEFORE the passing play.

  73. Silly haters, they SHOULD have given him the ball. You go with the consistent plays that got you to the game simple as that, the troll comments must be from people who never played the game !!! Marshawn met the challenge of ever single expectation who was asked to make in order for them to get TO the SB. Why the sudden change unless you’re an idiot. Carroll lost the game with that call, simple as that…………….

  74. If you think Lynch dislikes the media in any way, you are an idiot. If you think any running back would not say “Ya, I thought I was going to get the ball” you are an idiot. Pete Carroll could care less who the MVO would have been he wanted to win. He and The OC thought passing would catch the Pats and the Rookie off guard. Nothing more. It didn’t work. They had just given Lynch the ball so why in that play it was ok for him to score but not in this one? This pass play is not new to the Seahawks. You diehard Seahawk fans (for the last 3 years) need to get over Lynch. If they didn’t want Lynch to score or be MVP he would not have been on the field. Hell, he wouldn’t be on the team. He would also be cut by now. If Lynch didn’t like the Media then he wouldn’t be giving interviews, grabbing his crotch, making comments to get Media attention, wearing Gold glasses, Gold Grill and want to violate the NFL uniform policy by wearing gold cleats. On top of that anyone who doesn’t want Media attention doesn’t dive in backwards grabbing his crotch. You people really can not be that dumb? I hope it’s blind loyalty and not blind stupidity. I hate name calling but enough is enough. If he doesn’t like Carroll or his calls (and Carroll approves all OC calls) then he would retire. But he is fine. He just wants more money. They lost the Super Bowl but who is getting front page attention? Lynch! For a guy who hate the Media he does a damn good job using them.

  75. Barring your 4th qtr stats showed the Pats stopped you for gains, you are actually pretty ugly so you may be right. Not casting opinion just agreeing with you..

  76. Easiest way for Carroll to put 2014 behind them is to dump Lynch ASAP. He’s now more of a cancer than he’s ever been.

  77. The term conspiracy theory was used a lot by those in the Nixon camp trying to cover up the Watergate scandal.

  78. The wheels on this bus don’t go “round and round”…. The wheels on this bus, are falling off!

    To much dissention now over in seattle… A lot of he said she said stuff, a lot of resentment, a lot of good old petey having a lot of explaining to do… Granted, he’s quite the talker, so he might get it all figured out and get them to buy into more of his bologna!

  79. I find this a crazy thought.. Do you really think that Pete Carroll and the OC had the time to think about this with time running out in the biggest game of their career? I don’t.. It was a dumb play call, but there were no hidden agendas involved..

  80. Really in the heat of the game; lucky catch at the 6 yard line, 5 yard gain on a run play by ML, time ticking down, Pete say’s “Hey make sure ML doesn’t get the ball (anymore), so he’s not the face of our Team, luckily he didn’t score on that first run”… really you think this was a THOUGHT?? WOW, I don’t like the seahags but to think they were worried about ML scoring a SUPER BOWL GAME WINNING TD is just…WOW!!

  81. if he wanted to be MVP and face of the nation, maybe he should have scored on the prior play

  82. OK, let me make sure I understand this. With the ball at the one yard line in the Superbowl the Seahawks coaching staff made the decision not to give the ball to Lynch because they didn’t want him to be the hero of the game. Yea, that makes sense to me. I have another theory. And, everyone keeps shouting me down but I say it anyway. I think Russel Wilson changed the play for some reason and Pete Carol is falling on the sword for him. Right before the play was run I honestly thought that they were changing the play. If I’m wrong I will apologize

  83. This is why they play the games. Fortune ebbs and flows. This time it was for the Pats.

    It was a great game. Hard fought. Kudos to both squads.

  84. Seahawks are disintegrating, and it started much earlier in the game when Brady started taking apart the league’s No. 1 defense like a surgeon at an operating table. Will it turn into a Texans letterman jacket style 10-year funk? We’ll see.

  85. I 100% agree with Lynch. I was saying the exact same thing to my family. The Seahawks wanted to win the game but at the same time didnt want Lynch to be the hero. It wouldve been a PR nightmare for the franchise and the league to have Lynch ignoring the press as a SuperBowl hero.

  86. After seeing a transcript of the video, it’s apparent why the media looks bad here. They pick and choose how they portray people. Leave out some of the comments and project their opinion more than anything. More than the actual words or events.

    It’s no wonder why we have an entire nation of people who are ignorant of events. Cuz we get ignorant have truth stories. That in turn shapes people’s views.

  87. Lynch just wants to make this about his repugnant personality rather than the fact; that he just isn’t a very good goal-line back.

  88. Seahawks got outcoached and outmanned last month. They gambled as only Pete Carroll does and they lost.
    Hopefully thewill bounce back, nut I sense that all the injuries and natural attrition will force them to take a step back this year.
    Build up the O line and receiving corps. And send Darrell Bevell back to study offensive strategy

  89. Face of the nation??? There’s only one nation!!!……Where’s Lynch from???? OAKLAND

  90. Well mike maybe you are right. the seahawks just called a pass play and botched it. but you are not going to tell me they were not nervous about lynch having to do m.v.p interviews should he have won it. i am sure they did not want that fiasco.

  91. Actually there’s 2 conspiracy theories to consider: 1 is that Seattle’s HC & OC didn’t want Marshawn to run it in and win the SB and becoming the “face of the nation” and the other is the coaches thought by Russell throwing the winning TD the alleged animosity in the locker room would suddenly go away all is forgiven and they get the win and the ring.. neither happened. what DID happen is 1 of the worse calls/plays in recent SB history. Seahawks lost Patriots won that’s the reality of it. time to move on, learn from your mistake and prepare for next season!

  92. People seem to forget that Lynch was stopped on short yardage a couple times in that game. That’s why Carroll wanted as many shots at the endzone as they could get.

    If you really want to see why the pass got picked look at how Lockette runs the route. He is not aggressive in going to the ball and he is waiting for it to get to his body. He was counting on Kearse to get the rub on Butler. If Lockette tries to catch that with his hands instead of letting it come to his body that ball falls incomplete at worst.

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