I had an opportunity to watch Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch perform in the upcoming movie “Matt’s Chance” by Seattle filmmaker Nicholas Gyeney, which I wrote about in my story today.
Lynch has a small role as a tough guy in the movie, a dark comedy featuring the down-on-his-luck main character Matt, played by Edward Furlong of “Terminator 2” fame, walking in on his fiancée having an affair with another man. Furlong’s character then embarks on a quest for revenge after the betrayal.
Not surprisingly, Lynch said his favorite type of movies are action flicks or comedies, and listed “Boyz n the Hood”, “Menace to Society” , “How High”, “Scarface and the “Friday” series as his top five favorite movies.
I also asked him what his reaction was New Orleans bounty scandal – the NFL’s three-year investigation of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his defense’s “pay for performance” program that included “bounty” payments for knockout hits.
Of course, the Saints apparently had their bounty program going when Lynch put together his memorable, 67-yard run to seal Seattle’s NFC Wild Card win over New Orleans in the 2010 playoffs, as he pretty much ran over every defender on the Saints’ defense.
Lynch: “It’s not like we don’t go out on the field and think, ‘Oh, I have to go out and dominate this person,’” Lynch said. “And if they’re not coming after me like that, then why are you playing because I’m running like that.
“You take it how you want to. But the way I felt was if they still had those bounties going on when we played against them in the playoffs, I wonder who got the money? Or should I have got the money?
“But it’s football to me at the end of the day. And however they took care of it in their huddle to get themselves pumped up – I mean they won a Super Bowl and everything – so maybe it took that little extra effort. But I don’t think it was to intentionally try and hurt people. But it’s a dangerous sport. And at any given time something could happen.”
Brock Huard and Mike Salk interview Seahawks general manager John Schneider in this audio link.
Schneider said he took a patient approach in his pursuit of Matt Flynn. Schneider also will host a celebrity waiter event to raise awareness and funds for autism. The event takes place on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at El Gaucho Bellevue. Celebrity waiters include Doug Baldwin, Brandon Browner, assistant head coach Tom Cable, head coach Pete Carroll, Kam Chancellor, Chris Clemons, former Seahawks DE Jacob Green, Tarvaris Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Zach Miller, Russell Okung and Sidney Rice.
Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange reports that Arizona Cardinals free agent offensive lineman Deuce Lutui visited the Seahawks. Lutui, 28, played six seasons for the Cardinals, including five as a starter. But conditioning and keeping his weight down have been an issue of late. Lutui played for Seattle head coach Pete Carroll while both were at USC.
Aaron Wilson of Scout.com also reports that the Seahawks also are scheduled to host New England free agent cornerback Antwaun Molden on Wednesday.
ESPN’ Mike Sando breaks down the rules and regulations regarding offseason conditioning programs, which began for some teams with first-year coaches this week.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at where elite players at each position get drafted.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that motivational speaker Lou Tice, who had a big influence on Pete Carroll and his approach on the field, passed at the age of 76.