Yes, Marshawn Lynch showed up again for his required session with the media this morning. And, yes, he again said next to nothing to mock the NFL's policy of requiring him to be there in front of cameras and recorders.
A day after saying "I'm here so I won't get fined" 29 times in less than five minutes, Lynch followed up with "Y'all know why I'm here" for parts of five minutes before he left his podium place inside a tent on the grounds of the Seahawks' Arizona Grand Resort hotel.
The NFL won't fine him for being there; the league is not going to take the step of fining a player for what he doesn't say.
But the NFL is still mulling a fine of the star running back -- for what he's wearing. He again wore the "Beast Mode" cap today.
The thing is, Lynch is wearing a New Era cap -- the same company that makes official NFL-sanctioned gear such as the hats both teams are wearing here.
So, as the late, great Dave Niehaus said during the Mariners' improbable, 1995 playoff run: "It just continues."
As for football ...
"Finally," as coach Pete Carroll put it this morning, the Seahawks are back to focusing on that.
A day after the absurdity of Super Bowl media day, the NFC champions are practicing at Arizona State University in their normal Wednesday routine. This is always the first practice day of any Seahawks game week.
"This is finally the day we get into the weekly routine, practice-wise," Carroll said this morning at the team's hotel south of downtown Phoenix. "It should feel very comfortable for the team."
Russell Wilson also spoke. Here is all of what he said:
Super Bowl XLIX – Wednesday, January 28, 2015
QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON
(on being back in the Super Bowl and the team’s routine for the week) “Well, it’s exciting being in Arizona and to obviously be playing in Super Bowl XLIX. It’s something that we’ve been waiting for. Our goal is one mission, to get here, so to finally get down here, get down here on Sunday and then practice on Monday, which was kind of a bonusMonday for us to get our bodies going again, get our minds going again about the plays that we have installed, and then Competition Wednesday is today. That’s where we heat up our practice. I think that’s where our season is made, throughout the way we practice and Competition Wednesday, hopefully no Turnover Thursday and No Repeat Friday.”
(on finding a solitary spot in stadiums to calm himself before and during games, when he went to that spot in the NFC Championship game and if he has a location at University of Phoenix Stadium) “Jermaine Kearse and I, we always – I told Jermaine about my finding a spot in the stadium that kind of brings me back down to zero. I told him that last year and we’ve talked about it a lot this year. So obviously, you asked about the NFC Championship game, finding a spot in the stadium. I always have the same spot in CenturyLink .I’m not going to tell anybody where it is, but it’s a good one. It just worked for me. It lets me relax. It lets me focus on the moment more than anything else. In this stadium, I’ve played in Arizona a good amount. This is where actually I played my first NFL football game as a rookie, my first start ever, the first game of the year. So I’m very familiar with this stadium. So I’ll make sure I find a good one and make sure that – maybe I’ll pick the same one I picked last time we were here.”
(on the use of the zone read from a quarterback’s perspective and its importance) “I think for us, our running game relies on Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to do their job, and they do a phenomenal job. Our offensive line does a great job of creating lanes and creating holes for them. In terms of our zone read, I’m honestly trying to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch 99 percent of the time. That one percent I’ll take if it’s just wide open for me. I want to feed the beast. I want to hand him the football and that’s what makes him the best running back in the National Football League. And then to have a guy that can come in and jump to Robert Turbin, who’s really a starting-type running back, it really helps us. So in terms of our game plan, we try to mix it up. (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Darrell) Bevell and (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line) Coach (Tom) Cable do a great job of mixing up the runs and mixing up the pass game and having a great balance of 50-50. I think it makes it very challenging for a defense to figure out who to stop. If they get Marshawn, then I’m over here in the other direction. It’s tough in terms of that, but I think, like I said, the ultimate goal is to hand the ball off to the best running back in the National Football League.”
(on how no longer being underdogs affects his mentality and leadership) “Our mindset doesn’t change, you know? Ever since I’ve gotten here, we’ve had a championship mindset the past three years. It’s about winning games, putting ourselves in a great position to win and be successful every time we step out on the field. So no matter if three years ago when people didn’t think about the Seattle Seahawks at all, or if it’s right now when we’re in first place, it’s one of those things that’s never changed for us. The game is the game. We know that the New England Patriots are a great football team. We know that they’re going to battle. They have an unbelievable quarterback, arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, in Tom Brady. So we’re going to have to play our best football game, and we’re going to have to be in it and we’re going to be locked in. In terms of the leadership part of it, it’s not just me; it’s everybody. We have a lot of leaders on this football team and that’s what makes our team so unique and so challenging to play, because there are so many guys that will step up as you saw in the NFC Championship game – Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin. You also see guys like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in the defensive line, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman– those type of guys. And then you get a guy like Chris Matthews who makes a big-time play on the onside kick. You just have so many guys that can lead and make plays for us. It makes it really challenging on a defense and a team just in general when you never know who is going to make the play. So that’s a great thing about our team.”
(on if he has put thought into his next contract and potentially taking less money to keep the team intact) “I really honestly haven’t thought anything about it, honestly. I’m just blessed to be on this football team and for us to be a part of it. God willing, if that happens, it’s great. The focus is on winning the second Super Bowl and trying to find a way to win this game and go 1-0.”
(on e-mailing with Tom Brady through a mutual friend) “The mutual friend – I’m not sure if I should give that information out, but no, it’s (Wheels Up Co-Founder and CEO) Kenny Dichter. I’m real good friends with him. He’s a University of Wisconsin grad who I know really well, and Kenny flies Wheels Up, so that’s how I know Tom. We’ve shared e-mails back and forth. The funny thing is Kenny shared an e-mail with Tom and I and then back and forth. I told Kenny, I said, ‘Hey,’ – this is right before the playoffs started I believe, and I told Kenny that, ‘Hey, we’re probably going to play Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. Get ready for it.’ And Tom, the day before or the same day, said the same thing. It’s just funny how that worked out.”
(on the team meeting following Seattle’s loss to Kansas City in Week 11 and how the team moved forward from that game) “After the Kansas City game, we were 6-4 and we played a tough team in Kansas City, a great team in Kansas City, in Arrowhead, and we lost a tough game we felt like we should have won. We really had to pull everybody together and have the leaders come in, a players-only-type meeting, and we talked and communicated about what we needed to do. We were very open. We thought that we were so close to being unbelievable again and being successful and just hitting our mark the way we needed to. But we had to talk about some stuff, and so I think for us, we took away any selfishness. Now, we’re not the type of team that’s very selfish at all, but we had to take away any selfishness – worrying about stats, worrying about this or that. We had to focus on being selfless for one another, to play for each other. We kind of talked about the idea of ‘Today I play for you,’ and that idea. So that’s kind of been our motto in terms of practice, in terms of playing games especially. It’s not about me or it’s not about this guy over here or that guy. We have so many guys that care about one another and we want to play for each other, we want to win for each other, and that’s why we are (where we are) today. I just think the leadership that we have on this team makes the difference for our team. Across the board, the togetherness that we have and just the swagger, the fight that we play with, the energy level that we play with, it’s tough to beat. It’s just we have so many guys that can play and that’s the great thing about it.”
(on if he can envision himself playing at a championship level 10 years after his first Super Bowl appearance as Tom Brady is doing) “I definitely can. For me, I visualize success every day. I never visualize failure and I visualize being at the top every time, that’s just my mindset. I never waver from that and I think that’s a credit to my parents and, really, how they raised me. They used to teach me the discipline of getting up early in the morning, the discipline of doing things the right way, the discipline of loving the people that you have around you and surrounding yourself – that’s kind of what I wrote in my article for The Players’ Tribune that went out yesterday, surrender and surround. It’s about surrendering to a bigger cause and focusing on what you really want to focus on, but also surrounding yourself around great people. And the people that I have around me allow me to be successful. It’s not just me. I’m grateful to be on this football team and I also push those guys, too. It’s a reciprocal relationship in that way and that allows me to have a chance to win a lot of football games. I think the evolution of our football team just keeps rising. We want to keep getting better every time we step on the practice field, every time we go in a meeting room, every time we play a game. Our goal is to be the best and nothing less is good enough for us in our mindset. So that’s where I think the separation is for us.”
(on if he agrees with the recent fines received by Marshawn Lynch and if he thinks the NFL is focusing on the right issues) “I can’t talk too much about the fines, but I just think that sometimes we focus on the little details that don’t matter, they don’t make any difference. I think that Marshawn’s a great football player, a guy that puts his work in every day, a guy that is dedicated to the game of football and dedicated to his teammates. There’s times I don’t think he should be fined, that’s for sure, especially to the extent that people try to fine him for. That’s just my honest opinion. I think the guy loves the game, people love the way he is, and sometimes people try to take certain things away from people, the way they are. I don’t know. I don’t think he should be fined for it, personally.”
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett had plenty to say as always.
When asked about the Patriots running attack he quipped, "If it's Jesus running, we'll tackle him. If it's my mom, we'll tackle her."
Bennett spent last 5 minutes of his media session with both feet up and crossed on his round table.