Not that there was any real reason to think Marshawn Lynch would be going anywhere prior to Tuesday’s 1 p.m. NFL trade deadline. But just in case, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that’s one idea that can be erased.
Asked by a reporter during his Monday press conference today if it was safe to say that Lynch will still be with the Seahawks after the trade deadline, Carroll said: “Yeah you’re strong. Go ahead. You can go with that.”
Carroll had an amused look as he said it. Otherwise, though, it’s obvious he’s tiring of the constant questions about media reports that largely cite anonymous sources claiming there is friction in the locker room. Or, the latest report on Sunday, that Carroll and Lynch are barely talking, if at all.
Carroll, asked about the report, said “I have nothing to say about that because there is nothing to that.”
Asked a follow-up, Carroll said: “At this point I don’t think it behooves us to try to respond to all of these things. Our players have told you how they feel, our coaches have told you how we feel about it and we are in a really good place right now. … there is nothing to that report. I don’t know where that came from.”
Asked about his communication with Lynch, Carroll initially seemed annoyed and asked if the media was not asking about his relationship with his players and then said he talks to Lynch “whenever I need to.”
Carroll reiterated what he said last week, that he and the team have understood that such scrutiny comes with the territory of being a defending Super Bowl champion. But it seemed pretty obvious Monday he’s about done with talking about it.
“They are fine,” Carroll said. “Our locker room is solid. They are together. They are really determined. I don’t think you can get any other thought than that. And they are surprised as we are asa coaches that you guys have these questions about us. But we understand it’s part of it and we are not going to get frustrated by it. We are just going to keep working our business.”
As for making trades, Carroll didn’t rule it out but indicated that any calling around Seattle is doing is just business as usual.
“John’s working on it,” Carroll said, referring to general manager John Schneider. “You never know. All the way until the final hour he’s looking at stuff and entertaining thoughts and things like that. That’s just the way we’ve always been. So he’s still doing it.”
In some other news and notes. …
— Carroll said TE Zach Miller and MLB Bobby Wagner saw foot/ankle specialist Robert Anderson while the team was in Charlotte but said neither will be back this week and was again a little vague on when they will be back. Carroll said again it is “going to be a while” before either returns. Miller had ankle surgery after the Denver game and Wagner was hurt in the Dallas game.
— Carroll said Max Unger “has a chance” to make it back this week as does CB Byron Maxwell and that DT Jordan Hill may also make it back. He said WR Bryan Walters also “looked good” today and has a good chance of making it back from the concussion that held him out Sunday.
— Carroll said LB Malcolm Smith has a “mild” groin strain but that it’s unclear if he will be out this week.
— OL James Carpenter missed some time Sunday with back spasms but Carroll said he “felt okay” today.
— S Jeron Johnson had concussion-like symptoms Sunday and Carroll said he will have to go through the protocol before it is known if he can play this week.
— Asked about Kam Chancellor, Carroll said “I think he’s fine. He’ll tell you he’s fine. He’s feeling okay. I checked with him coming off the bus last night. He feels okay. He has had some stuff, some issues, had to keep him out of practice to keep him right with getting his ankles right and all that. But he’s doing fine.”
Here’s some video of Carroll’s opening statement and first few questions today, including some of the injury/personnel stuff: