There were a few rather humorous moments during Ken Lucas' teleconference with Seattle reporters this morning. When he was asked about the contract he was given from Carolina, he said something to the effect, "Man, I don't play for money, I play for the passion of the game." Then, later, when he was discussing his time in Seattle and his decision to leave, he invoked the "you have to take care of your family" line. I'll post the exact quotes a little later.
He spoke about the Seneca Wallace catch in the NFC championship game two years ago, saying he knew that it was a gadget play when Seneca was on the field, but he didn't get in position quickly enough and then Seneca made a great play. He also said the way Seattle covered Steve Smith was very unusual, something you don't see very often -- if ever -- in the NFL.
(As an aside, and some of you may remember this day well, I was covering the Sonics playing the Suns in Phoenix, and that was that 152-149 game -- I think -- when Ray Allen hits the 35-foot 3 at the buzzer. Then, as I'm writing that game story and watching the Seahawks advance to the Super Bowl, somebody in the media room says, "Kobe has 70." So at the same time the Seahawks are winning the conference, we are tracking Kobe going for 81. And the game story of one of the greatest games I have ever covered got shoved inside the sports section because of everything else that happened that day.)
Lucas also spoke about Marcus Trufant, saying he has noticed that he has vastly improved in the press coverage, and that he seems a lot more confident now. He said when he came in from Washington State, he had some of the best technique he had ever seen. But he was quiet and not very confident. His interceptions this year seem to have changed that.