The sting felt from the Seattle Seahawks’ epic meltdown during the waning moments Super Bowl XLIX has since died down, and accused media recluse Marshawn Lynch is finally ready to talk about it.
Following the big game, Lynch simply told the media that football “was a team sport” in reference to head coach Pete Carroll’s decision to throw the ball in the red zone, resulting in a game-ending interception by the New England Patriots. But in a more recent interview with NTV Spor, the leading sports network in Turkey, Lynch elaborated on his thoughts from the call and admits the play call shocked him as well.
“To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball,” he told broadcaster Ismail Senol. “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 play calling. 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, 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.”
Still, the Seahawks are still set to be the same NFC contenders as they were last season and Beast Mode isn’t harboring any hard feelings. (“But the game is over, and I am in Turkey.”)
Lynch’s openess with NTV Spor alludes to the further notion that he’d rather talk to non-prying foreign media opposed to the American reporters.
H/T: Sporting News