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December 22, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Seahawks Second Thoughts: “Thanks for asking” edition

So maybe you thought everyone sort of knew how Marshaw Lynch did his mandatory post-game interviews these days and it had become old news.

If so, you thought wrong.

Lynch’s latest twist on managing a requirement of the job that he abhors came last night when he answered “thanks for asking” or some variation there of, to eight questions in about 40 seconds.

This follows a games where he has said “yeah” or “no” to every question, basically trying to discourage the media from bothering.

Maybe it was the attention paid to the game or the manner in which Lynch handled this one, but the social media reaction has gone off the charts (here’s Big Lead’s take, to name one).

This almost seems counterintuitive — with each week that Lynch makes it clear he doesn’t like the process, the more attention seems to be paid to it.

Whatever the case, with the Seahawks looking primed for another Super Bowl run, expect this to remain a subplot that at times seems to be threatening to overshadow the real thing.

Here are a few more Monday Musings:

  • If the season ended today, Seattle would have the No. 1 seed and a bye in the first round, waiting to play either Green Bay, Arizona or Carolina in the divisional round in Seattle the week of Jan. 10-11. Seattle has to win — or Arizona lose — for Seattle to clinch the NFC West.  And if Seattle wins, all that can prevent not getting the No. 1 seed in the playoffs is a Detroit-Green Bay tie and a Dallas win, creating a two-way tie with the Cowboys. Otherwise, the No. 1 seed is Seattle’s.
  • Here’s the full playoff picture from NFL.com. And as you can see, all that’s left to settle in the NFC is seedings and the winner of the NFC South — whoever wins the Atlanta-Carolina game.
  • The Seahawks are now leading the NFL in yards allowed (268.6 per game) and points at 16.5. Seattle also remains first in passing yards allowed at 184.5 and is third in rushing at 84.1. I’ll have to do some research to find how often a team has finished that high in all of those categories. But it speaks to the overall strength of Seattle’s defense that the Seahawks are so strong in all of those categories. In something we’ll explore later, you also wonder if that hurts the individual players get recognition because nobody really has to put up huge numbers. I’d think at least five Seattle defenders deserve Pro Bowl recognition — Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. You could probably also make a case for Cliff Avril. But as the likes of Bennett often note, Seattle’s defenders don’t necessarily have the most gaudy of stats. Guess we’ll find out Tuesday when the Pro Bowl team is announced.
  • Speaking of Lynch, he’s third in the NFL in rushing at 1,246.
  • Worth noting again that Jeremy Lane played nickelback last night after three games when Byron Maxwell had handled those duties with Tharold Simon coming in to play on the outside. It’l be worth asking this week if that’s a permanent move or remains game-to-game based on matchups or what. Or also worth watching on that front is the health of Simon, who hurt his shoulder in the final minute of the game.
  • Speaking of injuries, Seattle again got through relatively unscathed, though the hamstring injury to Jermaine Kearse appears potentially troublesome. Chris Matthews also suffered a hamstring injury this week, so Seattle may have just five healthy receivers heading into the Rams game. Getting the first round bye would obviously help with some injuries of that sort.

 

 

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