Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes for a touchdown in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Rams 27-9. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
In fact, it's been since September 2012 since he last spoke to the media at team headquarters and is almost long gone from the stadium locker room by the team media is allowed in after games.
But with Seattle preparing for their first playoff game next week, Lynch stepped to the microphones for a brief interview on Friday.
To commemorate Lynch's first comments of the season, we've included his full transcript below.
(On how he is feeling…) “Smooth.”
(On his thoughts on how the season has gone…) “We’re doing pretty well.”
(On if it helps to have the extra week before they play to get the body back fresh…) “Yeah rest helps.”
(On what can it do to revitalize you when you get time off…) “It helps refresh your body.”
(On how does it feel going into the playoffs…) “I feel good. I like our chances.”
(On getting the running game going last week and if there was something different…) “It’s just all of us coming together playing the game.”
(On what is it like working through practice this week not knowing who they have to play yet…) “We just took approach of not knowing just by playing against ourselves this week, just giving that kind of effort against the best defense.”
(On what can you benefit by doing that, what can you learn by doing that…) “When you get to practice against the best it brings the best out of you.”
(On his historical run the last time the Seahawks had a home playoff game and what does he have in store for next weekend…) “I just hope to win boss.”
Lynch was named to the Pro Bowl again after rushing for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Seahawks this season.
You can listen to the FULL audio of Marshawn Lynch's meeting with the press here:
Two days. Two practices for WR Percy Harvin.
It doesn't seem like much but if Harvin is going to be available for the Seattle Seahawks this postseason, stringing together conseutive practices without setbacks is vitally important.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Harvin participated in all of practice Friday expect for two-minute drills. It was the second straight day of work for Seattle's most valuable offseason acquisition after returning to the practice field on Thursday.
“He did fine, he really did fine. He participated in everything today, with the exception of the two-minute drill and he looked and I think he felt pretty good.” Carroll said. “...We’ll come back next week and get after it and just go one day at a time, and I expect he is going to be able to make some progress. That’s barring a setback. He’s very encouraged and we are excited for him.”
Harvin has been sidelined with soreness in his surgically repaired hip since making his Seattle debut against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 17. He had been unable to practice with the team since due to the continued soreness in his hip.
Carroll said it's been a long process for Harvin but with time winding down in the season, they've decided to see how far they can take it.
"The fact that we're near the end now, he's just going to push it through and see if he can do it," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens. I'm really proud of him. I'm so excited about how he fought to get to this point and he would not back off of it.
"He might have had the opportunity to waiver and kind of give in to it instead of saying, ‘Okay I just have to wait.’ He’s been challenged because it means so much to him. So I’m just really proud of him that he’s made it to this point, whether he plays or not."
Carroll said WR Jermaine Kearse will be full speed next week. Though active for the game, he was largely sidelined for the majority of last week's regular season finale against the St. Louis Rams. He's been battling an ankle injury.
LB K.J. Wright will not be ready to play for Seattle's postseason opener next Saturday. Wright suffered a broken bone in his foot against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8. Carroll said the chance of him playing in the NFC Championship "is really promising" if they can get there.
TE Luke Willson ran today and is progressing quickly from a high-ankle sprain suffered last week.
"He's had an ankle sprain just like this before. He's managed it before. He came out the very next day and said 'I'll play,'" Carroll said.
Carroll said they won't know his status until Wednesday or Thursday of next week.