Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talked to reporters for the first time during training camp today.
Picked up during Week 4 of last season, the Oakland native said he was pleased to be in Seattle for the start of training camp.
“That first meeting is where they lay down the foundation of what you’re going to be looking for, for the rest of the season. So coming in this year and actually being able to be part of that first meeting, where they did lay down the foundation, I got a better sense of where they’re coming from.”
Lynch said he likes what he sees so far from the new and improved Seattle offensive line, but it will take some time to get a feel for how the block and move in front of him.
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“They’re big,” he said. “But going against our guys, you really can’t get the look you’re going to see in the game. So it’s something that I’m waiting to see how that forms up as we gel together. But as of right now I like what I see.”
Lynch was asked if fellow running back Justin Forsett asked him to be in his recent music video, which brought a smile to his face.
“Naw,” he said, laughing.
All runners are instinctual, but Lynch is probably more than most. And sometimes the rigid nature of the zone blocking scheme can take away a running back’s ability to use his vision and feel for what is happening in front of him. But Lynch said he doesn’t feel like that will happen in Tom Cable’s system.
“The one thing in any running system, you have your landmark, and you have your aiming points,” he said. “But I mean once the ball is in your hands, that’s kind of what they bring you here for. That’s kind of what they draft you for, and that’s kind of why they put the ball in your hands, because it’s what you do when you get the ball in your hands.
“A coach can only coach you so far. At some point in time, your ability has to take over. And with the run scheme that we have now, I think that that will be something that is going to work out best for the running backs that we have.
Lynch is known for his hard running style, but he’s appeared more quick and fluid in and out of his cuts so far in training camp. So our defenses sleeping on his ability to make people miss?
“No, I don’t think they sleep on that at all,” Lynch said.
Lynch was asked about Seattle’s struggles running the ball last season, and the goal to be a more consistent running team this year. Lynch said last year’s performance running the ball is in the past.
“You always want to be consistent, but the nature of our game is you’re not going to get the look you want every play,” he said. “You’re not going to have the run game that you want, every game. You’re not going to have the passing game you want every game.
“That’s why it’s a team thing. When the run’s not working, you throw the ball. When you can’t throw the ball, you run the ball. And if not, you pull out some tricks and get yourself going somehow. So that’s just the nature of the game.”
And of course, Lynch was asked about the run against New Orleans last year, and had this to say.
“I’ve watched it several times,” he said. “People might email it to me. I might look over at somebody’s phone if somebody recognizes me, and they’re looking at it to make sure that’s really me. And so I’ve seen it quite a few times.
And on his unique celebration afterward, Lynch had this to say.
“I don’t celebrate,” he said. “I just give the ball to the ref and go about my business.”
* The Seahawks had a walkthrough practice this morning for about 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Offensive tackle Russell Okung got some work in as part of the first unit in the early portions of practice, so he appears to be coming along.
WR Mike Williams (toe), DE Red Bryant (knee), WR Kris Durham (hamstring) and WR Doug Baldwin (knee) also participated during portions of the practice.
* Walter Thurmond (ankle) did not participate in practice this morning, but he dome some rehab work on the field after practice concluded.
* Tight end John Carlson (unspecified) did not practice for a second straight day.
* The players will get tomorrow off, and practice on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.