Though he wasn’t present, Marshawn Lynch was a topic Monday.
The six Seahawks players who sat at interview tables in the team hotel were repeatedly asked about Lynch. Lynch has not been available to the media since the team landed Sunday night, which left his teammates to talk about him.
“I know he doesn’t want to talk to you guys too much,” Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said. “He doesn’t want words to be misconstrued. (But) he’s grown up a whole lot since Buffalo.”
Golden Tate, Kam Chancellor, Zach Miller and Russell Okung all had exemplary things to say about Lynch. Like most on the team, Okung feels Lynch's hard-running, relentless approach sets the tone for the entire group.
“There’s no more tenacious runner nor a guy that runs with as much authority as Marshawn does,” Okung said. “We feed off of him. When he’s in there fighting for yards, we’re jumping in there and we’re fighting for him. He bleeds for every inch, every blade of grass, and we’re there with him.”
Lynch will be faced with another kind of challenge Tuesday at Media Day. The Seahawks have done all press conferences at the team hotel so far.
Tuesday, the scene shifts to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., where hundreds of reporters will be waiting. Fox Sports, ESPN and the NFL Network will be broadcasting live.
The Seahawks will have 17 players at podiums for the hour-long event. The team’s leading rusher will not be among them. Lynch is part of a pool of players who will be in the “Standing Interview” sections.
Asked what kind of Lynch he expects at Media Day, Robinson said with a laugh, “the same old Marshawn you always see.”
“I don’t know,” Robinson said. “All I do know is he’s ready and excited to play this football game. I may be answering some of the questions for him, so, just direct them to me.”
Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL at the end of the season for not fulfilling his contractually obligated media obligations. The league is holding that fine in abeyance as a result of a commitment from Lynch that he will do the minimum mandatory media appearances.
HARVIN ON THE MOVE
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Percy Harvin is in the “Super Bowl phase,” alluding to earlier statements throughout the season when Carroll would joke about what phase Harvin was in during recovery from hip surgery.
Carroll said Harvin practiced Monday.
“He had another great day today and a great week last week,” Carroll said. “He’s part of the gameplan.”
COLD IS THE QUESTION
Repeatedly Monday, players were asked about playing in cool temperatures. Each had a version of the same answer: not an issue.
Sunday’s Super Bowl is expected to be the coldest in the game’s history, but the forecasted weather appears mild with a high of 39.
The Seahawks practiced inside Monday, using the New York Giants’ facility. Getting outside to become accustomed to the weather won’t be much of an issue. Even when the Seahawks practice indoors back in Renton, they are practicing in the cold. The warehouse like structure is not heated. The lack of heat combined with little sun in the winter makes the facility frigid.
A SMOKIN’ TOPIC
Another topic of the day was the possibility of the NFL allowing medicinal marijuana use. Since the participating Super Bowl teams come from states where recreational marijuana is legal, that storyline was been attached to the game as soon as the participants were known.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently said the NFL may allow medicinal marijuana usage if it helps with concussions.
Carroll is open to looking into any medical solution that could help players.
“First off, I can’t speak for anybody else in that regard,” Carroll said. “We have to continue to explore and compete to find ways that are going to make our game a better game and take care of our players in the best way possible. The fact that it’s in the world of medicine is obviously something the Commissioner realizes and him making the expression that we need to follow the information and the research absolutely I’m in support of.
“Regardless of what other stigmas may be involved, I think we have to do this because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they’re coming to some conclusions. I can only speak for our coaches and we haven’t debated the thought yet.”