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November 24, 2014 at 7:53 PM

A few thoughts on Marshawn Lynch and the media

I was pretty right, as it turned out, in how the game Sunday would go, picking Seattle to win 21-13 and predicting they’d do so thanks in part to its defense.

But I was really wrong in one thing that happened afterward — how much people would care about whether Marshawn Lynch talks to the media and what he would say.

For the fourth time this year, Lynch talked to the media — doing so to ward off a $100,000 fine that he is appealing. As as been incredibly well-documented, he said nothing of substance, answering mostly “yeah” to every question.

I posted some video to give people some flavor of it, Tweeted about it, and wrote a little note about it, but otherwise left it alone.

Bad mistake, as the Lynch interview seems to be all anyone is talking about from Sunday’s game — this YouTube version of it has almost half-a-million views.

So, lesson learned — people care about whatever Lynch has to say, which I guess you could maybe call ironic since he’s going out of his way to make it clear he doesn’t to be interviewed. But with each interview in which he makes that clear, people seem only more interested in what he has to say (or, I guess, moreso the manner in which he says it).

I bring this up in part because this probably ┬áisn’t going away anytime soon. Lynch doesn’t want to get fined, so he’s likely to continue to make himself available. But he also isn’t going to say anything, so every interview will go as did the one Sunday.

The team gave its tacit approval to the current state of affairs, putting its version of the Lynch video in heavy rotation on its website today.

Coach Pete Carroll was also asked about it during his press conference today and made clear he’s fine with it, too.

Near the end, a camera man for a local TV station asked Carroll what he thought about some of his players being difficult to interview (also mentioning Richard Sherman, who did not speak much Sunday and said it was due to the threatened fine of Lynch).

This issue is about the last thing a coach is going to get involved in, so I didn’t expect Carroll to say he’d mitigate it.

Carroll, though, did give a somewhat interesting response.

“Our guys need to be the people that they are, and the individuals that they are,” Carroll said. “And they have a responsibility and they have to meet up to it. But I don’t think Marshawn could do more to show you who he is. He is a very serious, very private person. He has a way about him and we respect the heck out of that around here and I wish other people would respect that, as well.”

So yeah, this could go on like this for a while.

As I severely misjudged, this is really entertaining for a lot of people who apparently like hearing Lynch say anything, and conversely don’t like those of us in the media much (though trust me, I didn’t get into this to be popular — I got into it for the money and job security).

I’m one of the dozen or so media members who is out there every day talking to players and coaches and for most of us I think all of this is just sort of an annoyance and old news by this point.

We’ve known all year Lynch had no intention of talking, so most of us have left him alone, if reluctantly. I say that because since he’s such an important part of the team, it’d be great to get his thoughts on things. It would have been nice to know what he thought of the Percy Harvin trade, since there were lots of rumors about what he did think. It’d be nice to know how he’s holding up physically. It’d be nice to know what he really thinks about his future.

And obviously, there’s a lot of interest in what he has to offer if half-a-million people will watch a shaky video of him basically saying “yeah” over and over (not since the Beatles has anyone gotten so much run saying “yeah” over and over, by the way).

Maybe Lynch will surprise us and open up. There’s probably a better chance, though, of the Jets making a sudden Super Bowl run, so the way things are now is likely to be the way they continue.

Will all of us continue to go on?

I guess I’d have to say, well, yeah.

 

 

 

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