Good morning. We're four days from knowing if the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl.
Today, we start with Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is slated to speak with the media Friday. Hopefully, you can get an office pool going on the number of words in his answers.
Meanwhile, our Dave Boling wrote about Lynch for today's paper. From Boling:
Simply, perhaps it hasn’t been Lynch’s unwillingness to speak that’s the problem, but our collective inability to understand his message — to translate the Tao of the Beast.
For instance, as commonly attributed to Buddha: “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.” A running back gains no yards with his words.
During the bye week before the divisional playoff game against New Orleans, Lynch was asked of the benefit of spending time practicing against the Seahawks’ own talented defense. “When you get to practice against the best, it brings the best out of you,” Lynch said. Or was it Buddha? (“Better to conquer yourself than win a thousand battles.”)
When asked successive questions about Wilson, the receivers, the offensive line, the fullbacks, Lynch provided successive answers that sounded like a mantra. “I love them, I love him, I love them, I love them.”
In this case, he might have been coached by the Dalai Lama, who said, “I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.”
These exposures have not only given us insight to what he’s thinking, but also how he thinks.
> I wrote about the Seahawks keeping their focus during the week, knowing the Super Bowl is 60 minutes away.
“Today is just Wednesday,” Breno Giacomini said. “I get it that there are a lot of things on the line, but it’s just Wednesday.”
> I haven't confirmed this, but it wouldn't be surprising if NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis ate dump trucks for their pregame meal. Our Don Ruiz is with the 49ers and wrote about the daunting San Francisco linebackers.
> And, our notebook looks at Colin Kaepernick scrambling, Harvin not practicing and the injury situation for both teams.
> 710 ESPN says Thursday is key for Percy Harvin, which it is. He probably needs to practice Thursday to play Sunday.
> Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon tells MMQB how tough the noise at CenturyLink was.
"There wasn’t another stadium this year that compared to Seattle’s raucous environment. We played in the Georgia Dome, Ford Field, the Superdome—none of them come even close. The noise was just overwhelming, and I can imagine it’s going to be even worse with the Super Bowl on the line."
> MMQB also writes that Colin Kaepernick's eagerness to freelance could be the 49ers' undoing.
> Linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. was on KJR yesterday:> KJR also had Tarvaris Jackson on:
> The San Francisco Chronicle says that quieting Seattle will take a certain swagger.
> Seahawks.com also talks to Red Bryant about his playoff memories.
> The San Jose Mercury News says you can't deny the rivalry between the teams.
> Jim Harbaugh also told the Mercury News he has "great" memories of Richard Sherman as a college player.
> The Sacramento Bee wonders if the 49ers' receivers are up to the challenge of the Seattle secondary.
> The SF Chronicle also points out that Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have not brought out the best in each other (might have to do with the defenses they have faced).