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November 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Marshawn Lynch stayed on field at halftime to get back worked on

During his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll elaborated on why Marshawn Lynch did not to into the locker room at halftime of Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (you can hear the show here).

Specifically, Carroll said that Lynch thought staying outside  would be better for his back.

“He felt like getting stretched out and staying there was the best thing for him at halftime,” Carroll said.

Of Lynch’s health, Carroll said “he’s just flat banged up. He was banged up going into the week.” Lynch practiced just once last week while dealing with calf and rib injuries while the back is something that has bothered him all season — he could be seen getting treatment on his back on the sidelines during the game Sunday.

Carroll hinted that Lynch will probably also do little practicing this week, saying that “If he can get back again this week he will be right back there in the middle with us.”

Carroll also talked about his relationship with Lynch, questions that were raised anew in an NFL.com story on Sunday in which Lynch talked to former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson and Michael Silver.

“We’re working through it,” Carroll said. “Marshawn is a very private person and we’ve all learned that.”

The NFL.com story speculated that Lynch harbors some issues with Carroll resulting from Lynch’s holdout during training camp while seeking either a new contract or more upfront money.

Carroll volunteered some thoughts on that, saying that “there was some conversation that not everything works out the way you want it” and that “we had plenty of conversations about that in the summer time.”

Carroll added that “we will do everything we can to keep our guys with us” and noted that Lynch was the first player the team handed a big deal to during the Carroll/John Schneider era in 2012, saying ” Marshawn was the first guy we reached out to.” At that time, Lynch signed a four-year contract worth as much as $30 million.

Carroll several times referenced that Lynch is playing as well or better now than he ever has and said “he’s giving us everything he’s got and we are working through it.”

In a few other notes. …

— Carroll was not asked about the status of center Max Unger, who suffered knee and ankle injuries in the game.

— Carroll said Kam Chancellor is fine health wise and that he would not have played if he wasn’t.

— He said Kansas City did “a really ice job keeping us off balance” with its mis-direction running game and said that Seattle early on didn’t handle some adjustments as well as it needed to and also missed some tackles. But he noted that the adjustments worked better as the game wore on and said the defense played well enough to allow Seattle to win the game.

Asked about the impact of the loss of nose tackle Brandon Mebane, he said “I don’t think there’s any question that we missed him” and that it’s difficult to make all the adjustments necessary to replace him “in a week’s time.” But he added that “that wasn’t really the story of the game. We just got out of position on some stuff and then we missed some tackles.”

— Carroll said Russell Wilson was trying to call time out prior to the delay of game penalty on Seattle’s second-to-last offensive series and that he doesn’t know why it wasn’t granted.

— Carroll said film review showed a definite push in the back on WR Doug Baldwin on the fourth down fade pass that went incomplete. “The push kept Doug from getting to the ball,” Carroll said. “How is that not pass interference? It was very slight but it was enough that he got totally thrown off-course.”

 

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