Why didn't the Seattle Seahawks just try to run it in from one yard out in Super Bowl XLIX? It's the question that constantly runs through the mind of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. But what does Marshawn Lynch think of the 'Hawks passing it so close to the endzone? For a while now, Lynch has remained quiet, but he has finally broke his silence on...wait for it...Turkish TV.
While speaking with Ismail Senol of Turkey's sports network, NTV Spor, Lynch discussed his thoughts on that now infamous final play.
"To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I was expecting the ball. Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it's a team sport.
"I had no problem with the decision of the playcalling. I mean, you know ... I think it was more of a ... how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in ... I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl ... that's pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time. I don't know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn't get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full ... I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we've done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have.
"But the game is over, and I am in Turkey."
Being the competitor Lynch is, it's not at all surprising to hear that he wanted to the ball at such a pivotal moment. And even though things didn't work themselves out in the Seahawks' favor and everyone afterwards was wondering why they didn't just try to run it in, Beast Mode still backed his coaching staff's decision and his teammates' ability to run the play. Are you taking notes, Darrell Bevell?
Now, can we talk about why Lynch said all this while in Turkey of all places?
Click here and skip ahead to the 20:00 mark to hear his comments.
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[via Shutdown Corner]